As I sit at my desk with baited breath and wait for that warm weather to kick in and the sun to finally give me that glow so many people rave about, the only sufficient compensation is integrating some colour into my life. The easiest and most effective way, in my opinion, is with lip and nail colour. I’m not the biggest fan of eye shadow and experimenting with different shades other than neutrals, so I typically resort to slapping something bright onto my lips before heading out the door.
I’m going to give myself some credit and say that I am pretty aware of what colours look good on me and which tend to wash me out. In that same breath, I have also made the mistake multiple times of buying lip colours I know wont suit me only because I saw someone somewhere wear it once. Don’t fall into the same obsessive and impulsive habits I have and take the time to swatch a few shades before deciding on one. Pinks and corals seem to look the best on me so I try not to stray too far from what I know works.
This past week as I took an afternoon stroll along Yorkville, I decided to pop into Sephora and pick up a new lipstick or two as a kick towards a more colourful season. Instantly, I was drawn over to Tarte seeing as their packaging alone leaves little to be desired and their prices are a lot less intimidating than many other popular brands. The colour I settled on is ‘Watermelon’, which is a light coral without a lot of orange as an undertone. The colour is beautiful, but the wear throughout the day is a bit patchy. While it is fairly moisturizing I find myself having to reapply a bit more than I’d like to.
The other lipstick I picked up is ‘Publicist’ by Smashbox. Their packaging is a lot more simple and sleek, but their colours have a bit more of that pop I was looking for. I enjoy a good matte colour, despite how inevitably drying it will be on my lips, but there’s nothing better than a matte that also lasts practically the entire day even after eating and drinking. Not only does this lipstick dress up any outfit (no matter how sloppy), it also looks as though I’ve been reapplying it throughout the day without that hassle.
Nail polish might be a serious problem for me, but I have yet to be called into an intervention about it. My collection is rapidly growing and I can’t seem to make myself stop aiding the addiction. Again, nail polish is a simple way to add colour to a look, especially if that rich mint green isn’t something you’d want to wear as an outfit. This is an easier alternative to test out a few colours without committing to being covered head to toe in it. While I’ve loved wearing deep burgundy and navy blue for most of the winter months, it’s refreshing to finally be able to wear something pastel without looking out of place.
Recently I’ve been reaching for the Essie polishes because the formula for their lighter shades seems to be a bit thinner and easier to apply than the darker ones. Granted, it takes a few coats to get a defined colour, but tends to last a bit longer. The shades above are ‘Muchi, Muchi’, ‘Turquoise & Caicos’, ‘Limo-Scene’ and are the most spring-like without being overpowering. I would recommend also using a base coat with them because I’ve noticed that they chip a lot easier without one.