The No-Lipstick Lipstick Look

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The No-Lipstick Lipstick Look

You’ve heard of the no-makeup makeup look: skip the dramatic pigments, and pull out the shades of nude. After an exhausting week of things smudging and caking all over the place, going minimalist seems like a hassle-free way to enhance your natural beauty.

Now, if you’re someone like me who loves dabbling in colors, you might point out that ten minutes is a long time to spend on looking like you’ve sauntered from your bed straight to class. Besides, it’s hard to resist the mischievous allure of rouge, blue glitter, and the lights that’ll set them on fire.

Well, “no-lipstick lipstick” is the collab between #wokeuplikethis and #tgif you never knew you needed. Because the lips are closely related to ideas of food, you can get away with lightly tinting them in various “natural” shades of berry, bubblegum, and spaghetti sauce. I’ve outlined the steps below:

1. Start with healthy lips.

(image courtesy of Cosmopolitan Middle East)

Your lips are like the canvas to your work of art. A well-primed foundation is key to the final look!

2. Find heavily-pigmented and/or long-lasting lip coloring products.

Warm-colored, liquid-form pigments work best for this specific makeup look. I’d strongly recommend investing in shades of the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment or the Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick. That is, if you want the look to stay with you throughout your free-food GBM and Pottruck workout session. Note that you’ll only need a tiny dab of product (about the size of a Q-tip swab or smaller) each time!

Left: NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in DON’T STOP/Geranium, $26 (image courtesy of NARS Cosmetics)
Right: Kylie Cosmetics Hollyberry Lip Kit, $29 (image courtesy of Kylie Cosmetics)

3. Find your “varnish.”

(image courtesy of Glossier)

This is the product you’ll use atop the lip coloring to spread and set the pigment. Any of the aforementioned moisturizing lip balms can be used, but if you want to maximize the “polished marble” effect, you might want to look at clear-colored products with words such as “gloss” or “lacquer” in the name (notably Glossier’s Lip Gloss).



4. Have fun blending!

(image courtesy of Allure)

Layer the transparent product over your small swatch of pigment, and blend the two together using either clean fingers or the movements of your lips. You don’t have to worry so much about evenly spreading the color. As long as there are no obvious blotches, uneven coloring actually enhances the illusion of a natural, unembellished mouth.

Gently blot the excess varnish and pigment using a soft surface such as a tissue or cotton square.

Two-Second Alternatives

Are you always on the go? Finding yourself *literally* sauntering from bed straight to class? Don’t worry, because tinted lip balms exist. While these won’t necessarily give you the purposefully messy, DIY look laid out above, they’ll add a subtle pop to your lips all the same.

Left: NIVEA Tinted Lip Care in Cherry, $1.89 (image courtesy of NIVEA)
Right: Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick, $25 (image courtesy of Today)

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