True Life: I used to be a makeup neophyte. I bought my makeup at the grocery store, a practice one of my best friends Blair always looked down upon. She told me once, “I just don’t think you should you buy your makeup from the same place that you buy your food.” I guess she has a point, and so over the past year or so I’ve replaced my cheap stuff for the expensive stuff, most of which I love, some of which my eyes hate. My eyes saw my plastic fork budget first hand, and responded to the price of my Dior mascara accordingly.
As my makeup choices have matured and my understanding of products has deepened, I’ve come to realize over the past few years how much impact lip color can have on the look of your face. As a wise family member said, “It’s the difference between looking awake or dead.” It’s so true too. If you don’t have on some sort of lip color when you are out and about, you’ll get the dreaded questions like, “Are you feeling OK?” or “You coming down with a cold?” or the ABSOLUTE WORST — “You look really tired today.” Someone told me that the other day and I almost slapped them. No, I am not coming down with a cold and I got 10 hours of sleep last night, thank you very much. I JUST DON’T HAVE ON ANY LIPSTICK.
I’ll calm down.
My point is, putting something on your lips in the morning is important, as is reapplying if you are like me and eat it off throughout the day. I was introduced by my mother to March’s Investment Piece of the Month — YSL Glossy Stain. This stuff is amazeballs.
Stays on for a damn long time and feels oh-so-good on your lips, the YSL Glossy Stain is truly the bomb. But it’s so expensive. $35 for a little tiny tube! Yikes. But I’m telling you — this stuff is worth it in my opinion. I have the #19, which is a nudey-pink — thank goodness I bought an acceptable color after learning spring’s hot lip colors here — and goes with everything. I use a berry Giorgio Armani lip pencil underneath — love this too — and then swipe on the YSL stain over top, which is a really beautiful soft pink color. If I want a brighter pink, I use more lip pencil and then swipe another brighter lip gloss on top, too. It’s extremely versatile and can become whatever you want it to be.
Think of putting on this lip stain the same way you do about brushing your teeth — if you don’t do it, people will judge you. And no one wants that on a Monday…