We’ve heard it all – nude, natural, MLBB (my lips but better), etc. The pre-strobing and “tontouring” beauty trend was about emphasizing beautiful skin, which is practically the thesis of my makeup career thus far. I’ve always been a promoter of focusing on the skin as compared to any other part of the face. For me, like many artists out there, good makeup starts with a good skin base.
Up until summer of 2014, I wasn’t big on nudes and naturals. I was all about bare base + bold lips, hence my first Lipstick Locker post on KSP-colored lipsticks. It was also in the summer of 2014 that I tried to make a career as a makeup artist, so I had to diversify my kit; it can’t all just be about what I want, it also had to be about what my clients wanted and needed. Not to mention, 2014 was also the year I graduated from college and so a wave of maturity came over me, which leads us to the name of this collection, the #Mature collection.
Back story: I made it a hashtag because whenever my friends and I act seemingly mature for our standards, like choosing to stay in on a Friday night because work was killer that week, we always end our chismis messages with the #mature tag. I dunno about you, but it really feels more validated that way HAHAHA. Okay, moving on, LIPSTICK.
MAC Twig is a soft brownish-pink, like an old rose that could look slightly mauve on some people – like me. I think, out of all the lipsticks in this collection, this looks and feels the most mature; not to say, however, that it looks old and dowdy. I’m not sure what it is, but it just evokes that feeling. It’s a satin finish, not too dry and not too glossy/creamy. In my experience, this is a nice pink-toned lipstick that looks good on darker skin tones because it adds some color and sweetness without it looking out of place or floating on the skin. On fair skin, I find that it could cross over to the slightly bold lip minus the brightness. Bottomline: it looks great on both dark and fair skin.
MAC Taupe is a muted warm brown lip color, also my current #1 favorite lipstick because the 90’s are back!!! I think when people hear “brown” lips, they immediately think of a chocolate brown, or eyeshadow crease color brown, and while that may look good as lipsticks as well, MAC Taupe is a different kind of brown – the wearable kind. It has a very strong warm/red undertone, no grays here (which I find ironic), but it doesn’t lean too orange either. At most, it looks a like a darkened peach on fairer skin tones. On darker skin tones, it may appear skintone, or can brighten dark lips without being too light. Luckily, I’ve been using this lipstick on everyone so you can see how it looks on different skintones! :)
MAC Velvet Teddy is a pinkish beige/pinkish light brown almost nude matte lipstick that never fails to deliver, except on me. I don’t know why it looks good on everyone I put it on, but it never looked good on me. Maybe it’s cause my lips are naturally pigmented such that when you put nude on top of it, it just makes me look sickly :( I normally add a little bit of taupe to make it more wearable. On to better news, whenever I use this on models/clients, they always ask me what shade this is. On everyone else, it looks nude without looking corpse-like since it has that tinge of pink. This is my favorite lipstick to pair with smokey eyes, on the rare occasion I am asked to create a smokey eye. I also use this for natural looks that have a more lived in, just-rolled-out-of-bed vibe rather than the sweet, dainty vibe. I hope I painted a good enough picture for you all lol.
MAC Mehr is a neutral pink with a matte finish, and the love of my life. You guys have to know that I searched four continents, twelve countries and I don’t even remember how many cities to find this lipstick only to find it in a MAC store in Trinoma, and I bought the last piece. I first saw this on Temptalia (of course), and immediately fell in love with it and considering this is a pink lipstick and I’m partly allergic to pink lipstick (lol), that’s saying a lot. I needed this lipstick so bad, I had all my close friends who traveled search for this too. Once I reached the halfway mark of my lipstick, I stopped using it on myself and reserved it for very important clients/shoots… I’m a little crazy like that. And that is also why I’ve been using Taupe so much lately. I recently restocked so I can use this guiltlessly again. ANYWAY ABOUT THIS LIPSTICK. It’s another one of those chameleons that looks ridiculously good on anyone and everyone. On me, it’s undoubtedly pink but it’s not the distracting kind. On fair skintones, it comes off a bit brighter but not neon/fluorescent. On darker skintones, it sometimes dusty pink. It’s pa-sweet without being pabebe (aminin niyo nagets niyo yun).
And that is the last of my solo lipsticks for the Lipstick Locker series. Up next are the different lipstick shades I like mixing together to create a more customized color. :)