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A personal story by Isabella – Stylisted’s Director of Client Outreach & Blog Manager
Over in our December email campaign (join the fun by signing up as a client – it’s free!), I took what we’re calling a “December Dare.” Each week, a different member of our team is taking part in a fun, out-of-their-comfort-zone beauty challenge. I’m normally not afraid of a bold lip – as evidenced here. I tend to wear a red or berry lip at least two days a week, much to my poor boyfriend’s dismay. On a recent trip to Europe with some friends, I even found myself remarking, “I feel the most myself in a red lip.” These are the things I’m pondering while standing in one of the most beautiful cities in the world (Prague, for those curious). Needless to say, I like beauty products.
As much as I love and feel most myself in a bold lip, a black lip was something I had never considered. I’m fair skinned with blonde hair and blue-green eyes, black would surely wash me out and make me look dead. Because I thought this was something I would never wear again, I didn’t dare waste money on a fancy lipstick. Instead, I made my own using a dark MAC lipstick as the base and a black eyeshadow from my favorite palette. To smooth it out a bit, I mixed it all together with a bit of Aquaphor (my #1 holy grail for everything). And there you have it: my DIY black lipstick. Not for the faint of heart.
Not for me. As much as I wanted to like it and embrace it for the day, I felt self-conscious immediately and wanted to remove it. For the sake of this experiment, I left it on but will admit to trying to blot some of it off as the day progressed in hopes of being left with a pretty berry stain. That didn’t happen. The color (possibly because the eyeshadow is so pigmented) stayed put forever. At least now I know the secret to long-wearing lipstick! As you can see in the photos, it wasn’t pretty. I took this selfie at the end of the day to show what it looked like in a real-life, unedited setting so you can judge for yourself. Would I wear it again? Unlikely. I’d be willing to try a real black lipstick but only if a makeup remover was nearby. Overall, I’m happy this day is behind me and am jealous of all of those awesome ladies who can pull it off so effortlessly. If I feel most myself in a red lip, I feel least myself in black.