How to wear hot lips with confidence

Lately I’ve been getting a mess load of emails from ladies who have would love nothing more than to venture outside of bare lips andd boring neutral lip colors to colors with a little more POW. Now I know bright lip colors ain’t for everyone. And I know they aren’t for every occasion but trust me when I tell you a bangin’ lip color can set of an outfit and send you confidence soaring through the roof.

Now I’m ain’t some lip color guru or anything like that but I remember being that female loving lip colors on other women but being terrified to wear it myself. So I’ve taken my former insecurities and your questions and devised a list that I hope will motivate you to rock a hot lip.

Get your pencil and notepad, kiddies.

#1…

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COVERGIRL’s Lip Perfection Lipsticks-coming soon!

Check this out…

How pretty is that packaging? These will be launching January 11 but beginning November 1, COVERGIRL will begin an exclusive online preview. You can be one of the first to try the new product by visiting COVERGIRL’s Facebook fan page to take advantage of this advance opportunity.

I’m super excited! Especially when I found out that amazing Pat McGrath designed the 44 shades. I wonder how these will compare to Maybelline’s ColorSensational lippies.

You know I’ll be letting you know. Think you’ll be scooping some of these up?

Giveaway Winners! EOS lip balms

Congratulations are in order!!

Yes, my lovelies…you two will be receiving the darling EOS lip balms. The giveaway answers were rad, yo. Some of yall’s answers were so descriptive that I felt myself being transported right to the places you described.

If you didn’t win, don’t fret, kiddo…I’ve got a ton of giveaways coming up. In the meantime, don’t forget to enjoy nature. Be it a walk outside or marveling the clouds in the sky, let Mother Nature that you’re her homie.

EOS lip balm + giveaway!

I dig nature. Even when it doesn’t dig me. Which is most of the time. Proof of that would be my freaking out when I see bull frogs meeting me at my door step, snakes slithering past me when I lounge on the grass and pelicans trying to eat while I’m chillin’ at the beach. Have you ever seen the mouth of a pelican? They could probably chomp off my head in one bite.

The other day I was taking a stroll outside and y’all will NOT believe what all-natural beauty goodness I found in the trees.

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NYX Sheer Tube Gloss

Yo mamacitas…been looking for a bangin’ new lip gloss? Like I really even need to ask that question. 9 times out of 10, us beauty lovin’ girly girls will purchase a lip gloss over any other beauty product. I didn’t conduct a formal survey…such my loca assumption. :) I’ve been rockin’ some of these NYX glosses like a mad woman these days.

(l-r) Pink Caramel, Brilliant, Luscious

You want to see a swatch of that hot pink one, uh? You know you do!

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OCC Lip Tars a mixin’

My my my…what more needs to be said about these kids? Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has wooed me in the nail polish and loose eye shadow department, but I would be a tad bit remiss if I didn’t declare my love for the Lip Tars. I’ll do a formal swatches soon but to tease you a bit, I did some mixing and made my own shade.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

And look what I made.

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FOTD Friday: How to Wear A Red Lip

Hmmm mmmm, so y’all thought I was done talking about red lips, uh? Nope! You see…there are STILL several brown girls who think they can’t rock a red lip. Seriously, y’all? I can understand not wanting to wear a red lip work or class as it tends to be a little bold in those surroundings. But haven’t you had some moments when you just felt…”bad”? Fearless? Powerful? Some days call for a red lip. And so, my sisters…we’re going to find some ways to ease into wearing one.

You red-y?

First, remember this…if you’re not used to wearing the color red in the first place, it’s going to be mega hard getting used to wearing it on your lips. Take baby steps with the color. If you can’t rock it on the lips just yet, try wearing a red flower.

Yes, I know it’s very Niecy Nash of me but it’s Spring in Florida and this is how we roll, son! Ha! Okay, so even if you’re not down with wearing a red flower in your hair, try red finger nail polish.

Orly’s Poison Apple and Zoya’s America look stunning on the nails and can make you feel a wee bit more comfortable about rocking a red lip.

When it comes to wearing red lips, I always like to have a pretty neutral eye look. For today’s look I only used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Sin on the lid and liner on the waterline and lower lash line.

See the difference the liner on the left (my right) eye makes? Oh yeah! The reds we will be using today are MAC’s Port Red and Maybelline’s Are You Red-dy.

Never eeeever judge a lipstick by how it looks on the outside. What looks to be scary and highly pigmented lipstick can really be a moderately build-able lipstick. Don’t be intimidated!

Check out the differences between Port Red and Are You Red-dy.

Do you see how Port Red has a bit of a blue undertone to it? If you’re not used to rocking reds, this may not be the kind of red you want to start off with. One light coat of Are You Red-dy gives the lip a little red tint. 

Rock this for a while and then head on other to step two. So you’re red-y (okay, I’ll stop…hehe) to get a little more red in, uh? Careful now. One swipe of Port Red is pretty heavy.

But…wowsers!!

If the red is still TOO red for you, you can always tone it down with a lip liner. Take MAC’s Vino for example…

This liner has a little pink in it and will darken the red. But, my sisters…puhlease do NOT forget to blend. The following is not a good look.

Yes…blend blend blend!

So while this lip is slightly darker than the previous one, it’s still red. I LOVE red lipstick. I’m not the type to wear it all the time but I love it when I’m feelin’ like a bad mamma jamma. So again, I urge my brown girls out there…try a red lip. No, you’re lips aren’t too big and no, your complexion is NOT too dark. There are many ways to rock a red lip. Do what works for you and feel confident doing it.

Love y’all!

Celeb Spotlight: Letoya’s coral lips

I’ve spotlighted Letoya on Clumps twice before. She is becoming one of my favorite celebrities when it comes to rocking beautiful make-up looks. She killed me softly with her purple lip and had me running home to try a nude lip. My girl has done it again with a beautiful coral lip.

Stunning! You see…coral is one of those colors that I’ve never learned to appreciate on brown skin. It never seemed flattering. Letoya has proved me wrong. In its subtly, her coral lip is absolutely beautiful and goes great with her coral dress.

I’ve checked my lippy stash and can’t seem to locate a coral lipstick or gloss. Any ideas? What do you use to achieve a beautiful coral lip?

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