Some people would say I’m good at doing faces, the makeup kind of face. Most of my friends would come to me at the last minute before an event, to have a little something something on their face. Sure, I like makeup, but as much as I do, it’s so ironic that I’m not very good at it.
It’s the same as with clothes – I’m the kind of girl who can, or would, shop dresses online for hours, but seldom wear the few that I have. Finding something that looks good is different from feeling that you actually look good in it.
These past days, I was having this urge to buy an everyday kind of lipstick, one of the few basics a girl must have. Being known for my indecisiveness and inconsistency, I didn’t really have an inkling what shade I wanted. I’m also the most stubborn person when it comes to people’s advice and tips, but my brother was still willing enough to accompany me and give his insights and opinions on shades I would try.
After having lunch, kuya and I went to SM Sta. Mesa to look at lipsticks in the department store, just because I know there are more options there that are way cheaper, as opposed to if we go straight to a MAC kiosk in Robinsons Magnolia, which was really my goal.
After swapping more than a dozen shades, and being a BYX saleslady’s guinea pig for their creme powder and contour duo, I completely gave up on it and decided to just go to MAC, since if I wanted cosmetics, which I barely buy, I might as well go with a quality one. I pondered on some shades for a bit before finally trying Twig. It wasn’t at all what I expected. It looked so good.. but apparently not on me. I noticed that it was a bit purple on my skin, and it wasn’t at all what the Internet promised me while I went on an intense lip shade research. For those who are eyeing this color, don’t be disheartened though! I’m not saying it’s not a good shade, I’m just saying I don’t like it on me. Also, it’s a MAC bestseller and favourite – and it wouldn’t be for no reason.
I swapped on more shades, mostly pink’s and nude’s, and I noticed how I kept getting attracted to certain shades, such as Craving, Persistence, Del Rio, and Paramount. They might as well be the next babies in my makeup purse, don’t you think?
Aside from Twig, Velvet Teddy is making a name out of girls’ lips lately. Kylie Jenner lips, anyone? I didn’t like the shade at first glance, but it was the best shade – according to my brother – that worked for me. He also taught me to apply a lipliner on my lips before the actual lipstick to make it last longer.
When we got home, I immediately tried the lipliner-lipstick combo to test how Nichido’s Rose Berry lipliner and Velvet Teddy would look on me. The lipliner made my lips look darker, but I browsed through mom’s makeup and found a lipliner in a lighter shade, so I guess that’s what I’ll be using with my Velvet Teddy. Meanwhile, I can just use my Rose Berry lipliner with Diva, another MAC lipstick, which is in fact my very first MAC makeup. I also saw a Satin Faux in mom’s stash, and that’s going into my own bag, too. 😉
Remember ladies, when buying makeup, you should’t really always go with the trend, because different skin tones and textures require different needs and colors. And don’t underestimate the power of a nude lipstick, you can always play it around with a darker/lighter shade of your choice, put on gloss for some shimmer, or combine it with another color. Just because it looks good on another person doesn’t mean that it’ll give you the same look. But then, don’t be afraid to go a little different and experiment with different looks, because why not? 🙂
Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.