I am not that much of a lipstick person. If I wear it, it’s sort of the showpiece of my look and it doesn’t happen that often. Something about lipstick just feels like a real commitment that’s a bit tedious for everyday life (at least for me). I genuinely admire those who feel at home wearing lipstick on a daily basis. Even if it’s a nude shade or something rosy and natural, lipstick wearers always seem to have a real level up on me in terms of glamour. You can always find them wearing Chanel Coco Mademoiselle on the reg while I’m wearing, well, probably just my deodorant. When I do wear full makeup, I find myself feeling most at home with a semi-grungy, smokey eye or a very bare no-makeup makeup look. Full-time lipstick is a full-time job for me.
However, every once in a while I’ll find myself so inspired by something different than what I usually do that I can’t resist trying it. And this particular week I’ve been inspired the lipstick-happy Olivia Munn (currently featured as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse).
According to a couple interviews I’ve read, Olivia feels super comfortable in and favors bold lipstick as her makeup look of choice. In X-Men, she wears an amazing shade of deep purply plum when she first appears. It helps that Olivia has a great mouth for lipstick; not everyone does. I think one of the reasons I’ve never made it my go-to is that fact that my lips are on the thinner side. All it takes is a little lining outside the lipline to give the appearance of fullness, but I get scared that things will look too exaggerated.
Ironically, Olivia is wearing a lip product brought to us by the queen of exaggerated features in the picture above- it’s a Kylie Lip Kit. Yep! Olivia is wearing a Kylie Lip Kit in Mary Jo K here for a fiery shade of red. Not great for regular use because of how drying they are (and that goes for all longwearing liquid lipsticks), but excellent for the red carpet or appearances because the color literally doesn’t budge for an eternity.
For a Good Morning America appearance to promote Ride Along 2 in January, Olivia wore another liquid lipstick, this time from the ever-popular Anastasia Beverly Hills line. Olivia’s makeup artist, Patrick Ta, has seemed to really favor liquid lipsticks for his client but he didn’t mention what specific shade this was. I’m thinking he used either Rio or Party Pink after checking out the swatches. And did I mention her hair is kind of the greatest hair on Earth, too?
This look from this past year’s Academy Awards, however, has been my very favorite of Olivia’s. The styling and the dress were impeccable, but I’m in love with the makeup. A coral lip is always the most fun thing ever. And matching your makeup to your outfit these days is a definite yes.
Patrick combined two shades of Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick- Excentrique and Pimpante. I love that her eyebrows have been kept very natural and there’s no over-the-top filling in. Just some nice contouring and highlighting, neutral eyeshadow with shimmer, and false lashes. I stepped out to purchase a coral lipstick of my own and picked up MakeUpForEver’s Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in 40, but I promptly returned it the following day because feelings of responsibility now just make me return things and feel guilty. Being an adult is great.
And there’s also the fact that I remembered that I have a coral lipstick, already. Whoops. It’s from the drugstore and it’s got a pretty glossy finish, but it works- L’Oreal Colour Riche in Fiery Veil. It’s not as long lasting as other formulas, but it feels very nice and the color payoff is pretty good.
Yeah, I don’t exactly look like Olivia Munn (and as I said, my lips are not nearly as full) and I have to work on better lighting for my selfies (no filter here), but that’s okay. For seven bucks I’m happy to at least emulate Olivia’s lip color. A bright lip sometimes feels like just the right move to cheer up a grey (and now humid) May afternoon. Let me know of your favorite picks for a bright shade of lipstick, and tag my in your pictures if you try anything! xo, MR
Photo credits to (in order of appearance): Kylie Cosmetics/Instagram, Patrick Ta/Instagram, & Jason Merritt/Getty Images.