Lip Service: OCC Lip Tars

I’m late to this, but I finally tried and purchased three of the latest colors in the OCC Lip Tar selection…

Strumpet             Black Dahlia              Starling
Black Dahlia
The thing about OCC Lip Tars is that your lips really need to be in top shape before you use them. As you can see, I had some dryness with Black Dahlia, and it totally shows. Boo! But, dryness aside, I love these colors. 
Strumpet is like the grown up sister of Anime (still one of my favorite Lip Tars), Black Dahlia is the Lip Tar response to Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, and Starling reminds me of a more matte version of NARS Autumn Leaves.
I tend to carry lip tars on professional jobs, because I never know what combination I might need, and it’s a lot smarter than schlepping along a ton of lipsticks. If I’m working on one client, then I’ll take specific products to suit that person. But if it’s a shoot that will incorporate all manner of colors and textures, nothing beats OCC Lip Tars to mix and match accordingly. I love these things. I’ve been using them for years. 
You can find out more about OCC Lip Tars HERE.

FOTD: Matte Purple

I dug into the Senna Naturals palette to see how the products performed. First run… very impressed. The shadows held up well, and didn’t go muddy as they wore throughout the day.

Estee Lauder Doublewear Light (5.0)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Senna Blush in Flesh Pink
Senna Eye Shadow in Raisin Black (lids)
Senna Eye Shadow in Forget Me Not (crease)
Senna Eye Shadow in Mars Black (lashline & outer corner)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Chanel Lip Pencil in Cognac
OCC Lip Tar in Belladonna

FOTD: Inspired by Lisa Eldridge

This look was inspired by a look that Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge did on an X Factor regular. She did a soft winged eye, strong brows,  a pale pink cheek, and a pale pink lip. I found the look soft but sultry, and I really wanted to see how it would translate on my warmer skin tone:

Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige Ambre 64)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
By Terry Touche Veloutee
Illamasqua Blush in Nymph
MAC Pigment in Naked Dark (lids)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline and  half under waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
OCC Lip Tar in Memento

My Holiday 2010: Favorite Things (nude lips)

If you thought finding the perfect peach anything was difficult, try searching for the perfect nude lippie! I’m always perplexed by the ‘nude’ selections from any given makeup line, as in truth they are more like an unflattering pink for any skin tone darker than ‘fair.’

In the past, to get that perfect nude… I’d typically have to mix three or four shades from lip liner to lip gloss to get the ideal shade.

But these days, it looks like more and more universal ‘nude’ shades are showing up… WHOO HOO!!!! From lip liners to lipstick, to lip cremes, and lip gloss… the idea of an actual nude lip on a person of color is more of a reality than ever before.

Here are a few of my favorites:


Chanel’s lip pencil in ‘Cognac’ is more nude than brown. The neutral color stays cool without going ashy on darker skin tones.

Same goes for Chanel’s lip pencil in ‘Nude.’ It’s ACTUALLY nude on darker skin tones, instead of pink or ashy beige.

Make Up For Ever makes a great waterproof version with their lip pencil in 1C. It goes on a deep nude for fair skin tones, and an actual nude on darker skin tones. I’m on my third pencil… this one gets a lot of use on clients and on me.


There’s an unexpected treasure at your local Shiseido makeup counter: a lipstick called BE333. It’s a beige color from their ‘Perfect Parfait’ line. Shockingly, it’s a universal beige … with little to no pink undertones. I was so nervous about this color until I actually tried it on. It’s a creamy formula that wears all day, and never goes pink on my warm skin tone. I bought a backup. It’s that good.

Chanel produced a gem in the Holiday 2010 Collection: The Patchouli Lipstick is simply stunning on medium and darker skin tones. The darker the skin color, the more ‘pink’ the color will go… but it stays a flattering version of a ‘nude’ without ever going ashy. I think it’s the gold flecks in it. It works very well on all skin tones, and adjusts accordingly. On me, it’s nude. Anyone lighter than me would likely get a ‘brown’ result, and any one darker will lean more toward a pink based nude.

The only real ‘workable’ nude lip creme I’ve been able to find is from Beaute Cosmetics. Their Weightless Lip Creme in ‘Severine’ is just stunning. It’s an opaque beige color that can be sheered out. I do not recommend this for skin tones darker than medium… at least not without some correction. You’d likely need a darker nude or lighter brown pencil to bring the color together. This isn’t really a ‘stand alone’ product… it needs a little coaxing for proper shape and shading.

This isn’t really a lip creme, but it kind of falls in that category. OCC Liptar in Petty Beige makes for a stunning nude, when used properly. Like all lip tars, a little goes a VERY long way. This the most flattering for me when used with a darker nude lip pencil (like Chanel’s Cognac) or a touch of the OCC Liptar in Fondue (a dark brown) around the edges as a lip liner. The Liptar formula is moisturizing, and boasts incredible staying power. I maintain that this product is still the best in their entire makeup collection.
There is only one.
Chanel’s Rouge Allure Lip gloss in Insouciance is THE BEST NUDE LIPGLOSS ON THE MARKET. Period. It’s not shimmery or glittery… but creamy and semi-opaque. And it’s a true nude. Not pink. Not brown. Not gold. Just nude. I love this lip gloss… it’s really a treasure. This gloss stays in heavy rotation because you can use it alone (without a mirror. It’s virtually idiot-proof), or layer it over a nude lipstick or any other color. You do NOT need a liner with this gloss. It goes on, it’s not sticky, it stays put, and wears beautifully. I highly recommend it! 

There it is… my pics for the perfect nude lip this Holiday season… and any season beyond. Thanks for indulging me (yet again). Ciao for now!

FOTN: Fabulous Felines

A pair of twins showed up at my door Halloween night… wondering if I could make them look less human and more feline?
But of course…

Shayla wanted to look more like an actual lion.  She planned to make the hair wild… and put together her look with a little fur and a lot of flair.

Nina wanted to go a little more glam. So she just went halfway with the feline look, then topped it off with blood red lips.
Let’s forget the egregious action of NOT blending Nina’s foundation into her hairline (later corrected), and those couple spots of liptar (also later corrected). Otherwise, I thought they looked good. They both seemed very happy… so a couple of excited hugs and smooches later, they were off to party the night away!

Dior Forever Founation in 040
MAC Pigment in Gold
Stila Smudgepot in Black (brows and eyeliner)
NARS Multiple Bronzer in Rapa Nui

Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux
Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Toko
Glamoureyez White False Lashes
Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner in #1 (whiskers)

MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch
MAC Eyeshadow in Saddle (to fill in leopard spots)
Sonia Kashuk False Lashes
OCC Liptar in Vintage

Dior: Navy Design

For those interested in creating the perfect ‘color’ smoky eye… Dior has something for you:

This is one of the new quints in Navy Design. It’s not five eyeshadows (like regular Dior Quints). This one features a base, two shadows, an eyeliner and a shimmer shadow.
It even comes with a guideline (should you need one).
I didn’t follow the rules, and simply put the colors where I wanted:

Chanel Bronze Universel (as a foundation)
MAC In Lilyland Pearlmatte Powder (blush)
OCC Lip Tar in Melange

FOTN: Inspired by CNN

I was watching CNN this afternoon and anchor Fredericka Whitfield had the most awesome makeup. Strong brows, nearly naked eye, and an orange/red lip. Really nice. So when I got home tonight, I thought I’d do a little something similar:

I photographed the look with flash…

…and without.

Dior Forever Foundation in 040
MUFE Primer in #4
Shu Uemura Translucent Powder
MAC Sculpting Powder
MAC In Lilyland Beauty Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Tusk
MAC Sculpting Powder
YSL Mascara in Radical Black
MAC Lip Pencil in Temperature Rising
OCC Liptar in NSFW
La Prairie Lipstick in Flamme