Mally: The Perfect Bright Lip Kit

Girls who always wear lipstick: I salute you.

I’ve never been one to wear a lot of color on my lips even though I know it livens up your face, adds brightness, and just makes you look more polished especially when you aren’t wearing much makeup otherwise. I always look at women who are wearing lipstick during the day like they know something I don’t. They just look so put together like they have really important jobs and a perfect house and dinner already marinating in the fridge that they’ll cook promptly after their gym session which they never miss. *Sigh* Have you ever noticed? It’s hard to look sloppy when you’re wearing lipstick.

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I can’t say that I did anything amazing today while wearing Mally’s The Perfect Bright Lip Kit in Frisky Fuchsia, but I felt a lot more put together in my workout pants (I didn’t work out today) and maternity shirt at story time and the grocery store.

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Not sloppy from the neck up.

I’m loving this lip pencil. It’s creamy and light like a good lip balm so I forgot I was wearing it until I accidentally wiped half of it off with a napkin when I was eating so I looked like The Joker for probably several hours until I even noticed. Other than that- it didn’t bleed out and stayed bold and bright the whole time. It has the staying power of a long-wearing lipstick without the dryness and weird feel those formulas often have. The lip liner glides on so easily that I had to put it in my kit. It’s made to plump and not settle so it creates a good barrier that won’t allow the color to bleed out.

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My pink lips were a good reminder that bold colors should see daytime every now and again. It was nice to catch little glimpses of my fuchsia pout during an unglamorous day filled with diaper changes and errands. We all deserve to at least look like we might be doing something really fabulous later.

Red, White, and Blue Beauty

Celebrate Independence Day with a red, white, and blue recap of a few of my faves over the years.

My favorite way to get a creamy red lip from Bite Beauty.

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The white Superga sneakers Jennifer Aniston and I are probably both wearing right now.

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And Navy Shadow for all!

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Happy 4th everyone!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge Liquid Lip Color

Warm weather makeup is all about bright colors that can beat the heat. MAKE UP FOR EVER has their stay-in-place game tight with their Aqua Rouge collection. I’ve replaced most of my other long wearing lip colors with their Liquid Lip Color because it has what the others lack- a glossy finish. Other long wearing lip colors might stay put but they do that thing where they collect in the corners of your mouth and look dry and flakey. These have a light glossy top coat to lock the color in and give your lips a sheen that looks and feels like any other cream lipstick.

When I apply them, I lay down the lip color first, then use a liner to get a good boundary before adding the clear gloss. For years now I’ve used Aqua Lip liners in my kit- they’re creamy enough not to drag and they don’t bleed or breakdown.

My brides tell me their lips stay put from the ceremony to the end of the night while only occasionally reapplying the clear gloss to freshen up the color. It’s the real deal for events or for those who aren’t into a constant lip touch-up throughout the day.

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Makeup Before and After: Glam Mom

Recently I got to work with Nicole, a busy mom who (like the rest of us) rarely has a reason to get all out glam. I made her up for a shoot she did last week and the before and afters were so great I couldn’t wait to post them! I can’t wait to see her final images from her photos which I know will be amazing. Check out what I used below to get her look.

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Her eyes: Copper is such a perfect way to add tons to depth to any look- even for everyday. Her dropped liner on the bottom was Pixi’s Copper Glow smudged out for a more dramatic look. I used Neutrogena’s cream shadow all over under her powder shadow to prevent creasing and to really give the shadow something to stick to. Stila’s Ebony and Kitten were her two main shades, which gave the perfect amount on contrast and pop.

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Her face: A silicone primer sometimes isn’t enough moisture (often the case here in Colorado), so I used Miracle Skin Transformer’s Heal Everything Balm which absorbs quickly but leaves the skin hydrated and primed so blending foundation is easy and it sits beautifully on the skin. I mixed together shades 1 and 2 in Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Foundation which as you can see gives a ton of great coverage without looking heavy. I buffed in Dermablend’s Mineral Powder on top to chase away any shine without a hint of a dull or powdery look.

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Her lips: These lips are the kind most women pay for- big and full and just begging for color. I mixed together two nude shades over a pinky liner and skipped the gloss. The sheen was enough and without the gloss her color would wear longer.

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Neutrogena MoistureSmooth color stick

MoistureSmooth is the sweet-smelling love child of lip gloss and lip balm. It’s so light that you only feel moisture when you’re wearing it – perfect if you aren’t into a sticky glossy feel. The color is just right, sheer but still enough to pop which is what gloss lovers crave. It’s casual color at its best. I’ve been wearing Juicy Peach almost every day, I’m obsessed with this rich nude because it isn’t brown or orange, just a perfectly balanced peach that goes with everything and gives the right amount of color I need for just running around during the day.

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Makeup Before and After: Coverage and Color From tarte

Of all the BB Creams I’ve tried so far, tarte’s is the only one I’d be able to actually use in my kit. Most BB’s are skin-enhancing, so they give some coverage but not nearly enough to get skin looking great for a long day and tons of photographs. Kelly, is the bride below whose trial run for her upcoming wedding I photographed for a before and after. I used tarte’s latest foundation on her and we were both thrilled with the results. Her skin looked so great that very little concealer was needed and it looked invisible both in person and on camera.

On her cheeks I used tarte’s airblush maracuja blush, which is my new go-to for an easy flush, and then their LipSurgence lip luster on her lips for a finished look that isn’t thick or heavy.

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... And After

… And After! There was a slight change in the natural lighting, but the photo isn’t re-touched at all.

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