Growing up, my mother would always tell me, “Never leave the house without lipstick.” And she doesn’t.No matter what time it is, if my mom is out of the house, she has lipstick on. If you catch my mom at an early morning workout, her face will be completely bare – not an ounce of makeup on her face – but she’ll still have her pink lipstick on. I used to find this totally bizarre. Lipstick always seemed like the finishing touch to the rest of the look, so if you weren’t going to have anything else on your face, why even bother with it? What I’ve learned is that it’s less about the lipstick and more about how it makes you feel. It can be an instant pick-me-up when you need it. Mothers really do know best.
I love experimenting with different lip products (glosses, lipsticks…) and lately, my favorites have been coming from Laura Mercier – specifically, their Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalms and Lip Pencils. The majority of the time, I prefer a more barely-there look on my lips so I stick to a palette of nudes and light pinks, and I almost always opt for gloss over lipstick. That’s the genius thing about the Lip Parfait Creamy Colourblams: they’re kind of a two-in-one. They give coverage like a lipstick but the shine of a gloss. I’ve been re-applying the “Amaretto Swirl” color on the reg, but the “Creamsicle” has been my go-to for nighttime color. And it only gets better when you add in the lip pencil. I used to be very wary of lip pencils, but it turns out that they aren’t so scary after all. A good lip pencil not only makes the lipstick last longer, it can make it look better, too. What I really love about the Laura Mercier pencils is that not only can I use them in combination with my gloss or lipstick (the “Praline” lip pencil + “Amaretto Swirl” lipstick is a killer combination), but they can also be used on their own. They’re basically an amped-up version of a matte lipstick. My mom would be proud: I haven’t left the house without it in weeks.
Photos by Molly Miller
This post was sponsored by Laura Mercier. All opinions are my own.