I Know Plum Lipstick Is Huge This Season, But I'm Wearing Brown Instead

Here's how I'm wearing brown lip colors in 2013 without looking too 1993.
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November 15, 2013
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nars, lipsticks, Kevyn Aucoin, lip pencils, Laura Mercier, Smashbox

We’re all pulling out our dark lipsticks for the winter. While some are going for the dark plum and berry shades, I am choosing brown
shades this season.

Picking the right shade of brown can be a bit tricky, though.
Going too matte brown can make you look like you belong in a ‘90s sitcom. And while
I do appreciate the ‘90s trends right now, it is 2013, so adding a modern twist is key.

Right now, I am really into creamy lipsticks with a bit of
shine, especially in dark shades.

I picked up two last weekend: Laura Mercier Créme Smooth Lip Colour in Cocoa and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in
Chestnut.

Both shades have a bit of shine to them and are very creamy.
They are also very wearable during the day, which is always something I try to
find when it comes to lipstick.

My office isn’t about getting dressed up. Jeans, cargo
shorts and flip-flops are the norm. It makes me sad sometimes, since I love
dressing up. And since my office doesn’t dress up, I have to keep my style
choices very subtle, meaning less
lipstick and more lazy ponytails. I think I need a new job, guys. (Hi, Boss! Please don’t fire
me!)

So basically, dark lipstick you can wear through casual
days is very important.

Smashbox’s Chestnut reminds me
of mahogany. This shade is a subtle brown with red undertones, so it is
the perfect shade for those who don’t want to dive straight into the dark, rich
brown.

It's packed with vitamins A and E, and shea
butter, so it keeps your lips moisturized for a long time. It also feels very
light on the lips.

Laura Mercier’s Cocoa is a rich, warm chocolate shade that
goes on smooth and creamy. It seriously looks like you’re applying melted
chocolate all over your lips.

It is also highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way.
You definitely want to line your lips with this shade. It can get messy if you
don’t.

I used Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Blossom just outside the lip line to create a
cleaner look around the edges.

If you like sheer
lipsticks, Nars does a brown shade with plum undertones called Tanganyika.
It’s very sheer, so it doesn’t pop too much and blends into the lip very well.
They also have Fast Ride, which is a sheer mulberry. Both of these work very
well for everyday without being obtrusive.

What do you guys
think? Is brown too dated?