How to tone down a bright lipstick

November 21, 2015
We’ve all been there. You spied a lipstick in the shops, it swatches on your arm beautifully and you buy it. You then try it on an home, thinking it will be your new go-to shade, but oh dear… what looked gorgeous on your hand is very different on your lips.
Maybelline's Lip Crayon and MyFace's Gigabyte lipstick
I had the exact experience this week, when I purchased Maybelline’ lip crayon in 210 Keep it Classy. A hand swatch showed it to be a gorgeous berry. The chunky pencil is moisturising, smells gorgeous and glides like a dream. But on my rather full lips, it’s all a bit too much and more drama than I need in my life. I don’t know whether it’s too much against my skin tone, but my sister, who is slightly more fair-skinned than me bought the same lip colour and had the same sentiments. I think even Kylie Jenner would find it a bit overbearing on her pillow lips.
So the solution? Well it’s all rather genius. I was initially going to just blot the shade, but this just made it look well-worn. So instead, I applied a layer (or two) of my nude brown MyFace lipstick in Gigabyte on top.  The mixing of lipstick means, voila, a more muted, and rather gorgeous pink-with-a-hint-of-brown shade emerges. I think the nude beige-brown tone takes the edge off the deep berry, and even makes my lips look fuller (bonus).
So armed with this knowledge, I will be experimenting to see what magic MyFace can perform when mixed with my other too-scary-to-wear shades, and I’ll keep you posted.  Who knew mixing lipsticks could be so much fun?

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