I Figured Out How To Wear Pale Lip Colors Just In Time For Spring

It's all about the blot.
Publish date:
February 27, 2014
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I’ve started easing into lipcolour
since last year. I started wearing a
berry lip stain I made
and this killer matte orange. When Marci did her article on pink
, it made me think: I’ve never even considered that colour. And I love
lipstick--it’s the quickest way to dramatically change a look. A dark lip, a matte berry lip--they send different messages. What do pale, pastel coloured
lips say?


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When I look at lipstick colours, I
feel like about ¾ of the brown to purple rainbow just don’t apply to me. I have
olive-toned skin and highly pigmented lips, so I stick to peaches and winey
berries. And that’s about it. As much as I covet pastels and their sweet
retro look, I’ve never found a lipstick that didn’t look like I had frosting schmeared
on my mouth. It settled into my pruney lips the moment I put it on.

Maybe I was doing it wrong?

Pastel lip colour is unique in that
it’s generally pretty opaque. This is achieved by the use of white pigment,
usually either zinc or titanium dioxide (the same compounds found in oil
paints). Formulas are all different, but
it’s generally necessary for it to be rather thick to transfer the pigment, so
it doesn’t always look great right out of the tube.

A lot of beauty bloggers tout lip
primers or white pencil as a way to improve the opacity of pastel colours. As
someone who has enough trouble keeping my makeup on my face, and has zero time
available to be redoing my lipstick all day, I give these a pass. They work
great for things like photographs, or a carefully curated night out, but they
aren’t very practical as they either kill the staying power by being too greasy
or dry the ever-loving moisture out of your lips by sealing them against your

Just patting some foundation over your lips
makes a pastel lip look brighter, but I
can’t be arsed with that kind of crap if there’s an easier way. And there

There was a time, before more
research dollars went into cosmetics than space exploration, when lipstick
wasn’t that great. I didn’t have staying power, and it smelled like
rendered animal grease, because it was. But even then, ladies had the perfect
pastel pout, and they got there by applying it with some finesse.

lipstick isn’t just a sultry way to get people to look at your open mouth; it
removes the oilier base of the lipstick while leaving the pigment. You’ll see
older women apply lipstick, blot it a few times, reapply, and then, with their
lips closed, deposit even more colour on top. Genius. You’re building up colour
and opacity while removing the base, so you don’t have the caked-up look.

I keep little clipped up bits of
acid-free porous paper on my makeup counter because I use them for everything
from cutting an edge, to wiping off spoolies and brushes. They also work
terrific for blotting.

I tried out three different light shades; I’ll usually buy total low-end cosmetics when I’m trying something
new, and only really invest in a product it’s something I know I’ll use
every day, like a BB cream or brow powder. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised
with something really cheap, like Milani, which is always great!

I used Wet 'n' Wild's MegaLast Lip Color in Just Peachy and Think Pink. The latter is a very pink shade, one I’d never normally use.
They are both creamy in consistency but still deposit a lot of colour and layer

The third one I tried was 100%
Pure’s Lip Glaze in Seduce; it smells like food and has a thinner consistency, which
actually kind of works just blotted. I loved this one so much! It does need
reapplication, which is a pain, but it doesn’t settle into my uggo lip
wrinkles as bad.

Do my lips look super-wrinkly or
what? Are you into the spring pastel lip trend? Show me what’s on your lips
this fine day, motherpuckers!