Anyway, it was basically impossible to find something that fulfilled all of my requirements. Then, one day, I was chatting with one of the gals at work and she mentioned the idea of finding a great lip pencil for the color and then just layering a clear or neutral plumper on top. Brilliant, right?
It wasn't immediately that I found the perfect color, but after much searching, I came across Urban Decay's Glide-On Lip Pencil in "Gash," a deep rich, brick red. With that as my base, I was finally happy with the color. After carefully applying it, I layered my favorite plumper by Buxom right on top. It's kind of a nude color, but for all intents and purposes, it may as well be clear. It added the shine I like, plus it gave me that tingle-y feeling that I love so much!
When I had my make-up lesson with Joanne from Joya Beauty, she taught me to put on my lipstick FIRST if I'm ever making a bold lip choice. She said that it helps to keep everything else reined in and to make sure that you aren't over-doing it with the eyes or cheeks or anything. It definitely helped me with this look. I decided to forego the eye liner and false lashes that I normally wear to allow the lips to be the focal point. I think it worked really well:
I ate breakfast and drank a coffee in the car on the way to work and then worked the entire day with only one small touch-up. The color fron the lip pencil had some serious staying-power. It goes on smooth and creamy and it wasn't hard at all to get a nice clean line with it. I highly recommend this product, but don't worry- there are far subtler colors available, too.
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