For Non-Lipstick Wearers
posted on February 6, 2013 | by Amanda Holstein
I’ve always wanted to wear lipstick. That feeling of swiping on a shade of red, rubbing your lips together, and popping them open (like Ursula in the Little Mermaid), is one that every girl should experience. But what happens when you look in the mirror and think you look like a clown instead of a classy lady? Because that’s what happens to me, every time I put on lipstick.
So for those of us who don’t want to miss out on wearing lipstick, there are some lipstick alternatives out there that add color to your lips, but without the clown effect (as I like to call it).
A Subtle Stain:
This lip stain by bareMinerals is perfect for non-lipstick wearers. You can put on one layer for a subtle tint, or add more layers for a more saturated color. Plus, it feels like you’re putting on lipstick because of the shape of the product (which I highly appreciate).
A Nude Glossy Lip:
This look has become a new go-to of mine. First of all, it is lipstick. But the subtle color is much less intimidating than a bright red. I add a clear gloss on top to make the color look a bit more natural. I use this lipstick by Lime Crime.
A Saturated Gloss:
If you want to go brighter, a saturated gloss is on of my favorite lipstick alternatives. Try this one by Lime Crime. The color pops almost as much as a lipstick, but, like the bareMinerals lip stain, you can layer on the product for different levels of color. So until I venture on to bright pink and deep red lipsticks, this saturated lip gloss is my best bet.
Are you a big lipstick wearer? If not, what do you wear?
It took me a while to get used to the full saturation of lipstick. Unless I’m going out at night, I usually tone down my colors with a little balm before hand so they’re more like a stain!
I do love Lime Crime’s lipsticks, (though I use bright ones) but I’ve never tried any of their lipglosses. For everyday instead of lipstick, for a bit of softer colour I like to use Fresh’s Sugar Lip Balms.
Kim // Six2Eleven Says
I so appreciate this post bc I too suffer from the clown effect! I’ve been loving lip butters – especially Maybelline’s new Color Whispers (I might own every color…). They feel like a lipstick, but look more like a lip gloss!
Amanda SaysPost author
I’m glad you can relate to my “clown effect” lipstick experience! I gotta try those lip butters…
Wearing lipstick used to make me feel really self conscious but over the last few years I have began to experiment a bit more. I still stay clear of extremely bright lipsticks, although I do love what they look like on other people, but I am learning to feel better about wearing pink and deep berry toned lips. Maybe one day I will be able to walk down the street in a bright red lip without feeling like a fool.
Amanda SaysPost author
Hahah you said it. “Without feeling like a tool” is probably my favorite phrase in a comment so far ;)
I always feel like such a clown anytime I wear pretty much anything other than chap stick.
I have thay problem too. I use vaseline on my lips … I can’t get pass the stickiness. Anf my lips are dry. I also like the sugar tinted lip balm.
Sara Strauss Says
I’m afraid to wear red lipstick because I fear it’s going to get all over my teeth and face and look ridiculous on me, but I love the stain idea! I’ve actually just bought two Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and they’re really hydrating but also have a lot of color payoff to them and turn into a stain that lasts all day! Perfect for a scaredy cat like me!
I’ve never tried bare minerals lip stain before — definitely will need to try. Thanks for sharing! xox Lara
Tanya Lua Says
My favourite coloured non-lipstick product is Baby Lips by Maybelline. It’s smooth and moisturizing and adds just enough glossy colour . I use “Cherry Me”, the red one and it can really suit any day or night occasion.
I can’t handle lipstick, either – I’m always worried that there’s a smear or that the colour has worn off of the inner parts of my lips – basically, I’m too paranoid! My favourite look is to start with Nivea Hydro Care lip balm (my hands-down fave) and to colour in the entire lip with a lip pencil in a nude shade that’s about the same darkness as my lip colour. Sometimes I’ll add a bit of beige-y gloss to the middle of my lower lip, if I’m feeling like a fancypants…
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