I was having a tough morning today, and by the time I sat down to get ready for the day, I needed a serious pick-me-up.
I remembered that one of my favorite professors in school shared her secret to getting over her nerves and insecurities.
She says that everyone has a power color, and hers is pink. Whenever she has to speak in front of large crowds or finds herself in a situation where she may be nervous, she wears hot pink lipstick.
She says it gives her an edge, a decent dose of sass, and reminds her to be herself, because you can’t cower down when you’re wearing a bold lip. You have to own it.
So, today I wore a fur coat and a bold lip, because I can. 🙂
My power color changes, but today I went with the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Commanding ($30), because on these particularly rough days, I need a bullet.
Like, a lipstick bullet.
Liquid lipstick and glosses don’t hold the same figurative power for me as a classic bullet.
Also, the packaging. How can you feel down when you’re holding lipstick made from actual goddess magic in your hands? It’s simple yet substantial with an engraved lid and navy casing with gold accents.
They also close magnetically, which is so satisfying.
Putting this lipstick on even feels like a power move.
My lips are always moderately dry, so prepping them is crucial for me. When adequately conditioned, these lipsticks glide on evenly and last between 3-4 hours (with no lipliner!), even through light eating and drinking.
The formula is smooth and richly pigmented. It’s hard to mess up application with these guys. They have a subtle vanilla scent, too, which doesn’t last, and therefore doesn’t bother me.
Aside from loving these lipsticks for lifting my spirits, which they do, I also love the shape of the bullet. They have the typical slant, but not the point, so they really are quite lovely for lip sculpting. The shape fits the contours of my Cupid’s bow perfectly without making the peaks too sharp.
Sometimes I like to buff out the edges with a lip brush or a cotton bud for a softer, lived-in look.
When you’re having “one of those days,” do you ever turn to beauty products? What are your go-to’s?