The coral/orange lip look has been such a hit this spring and summer of 2011 that I couldn’t help but have the urge to find the perfect shade for myself.
The few coral lippies that I have in my stash are either not orange enough or are too shimmery for my liking. I recalled that I had a yellow OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Lip Tar amongst other shades so a light bulb flashed above my head!
Why not just custom mix my own coral/orange lip shade! These OCC Lip Tars are serious business. While they appear to look and function as a gloss, I would better describe these as a gel-like paint for the lips. I find most lip glosses to be too sheer or too sticky but these however, have incredible color payoff and feel smooth on the lips. What you see is what you get and you literally only need a tiny amount. The glossy shine wears off after some time and leaves more of a matte finish on the lips.
These are so potent that they can slightly stain your skin. I would suggest using a lip brush and a mixing palette if you plan to mix your own shades. Don’t have a stainless steel makeup palette to do your artsy color mixing on? Use the back of a (spoiled or unused) CD as your mixing palette!
I’ve acquired several different shades from IMATS and The Makeup Show but they are available online at $13 USD each here: http://www.occmakeup.com/lips.html.
The three lip tar shades I used (top to bottom in image) are Traffic, Vintage, and Pageant.
It’s little experiments like this that caused me to love the art of makeup in the first place. When you play around with different textures and create your own colors, it’s as if you’ve become this mad scientist makeup artist of your own.
Thanks for reading! Kisses 😉
(Yes that’s my actual lip print using the lip color I created!)