I did something silly again in my bedroom.
I practiced. I landed my first upcoming makeup gig this coming Saturday, Yey! The project is pretty simple, I’ll be putting makeup on two models for an upcoming professional photography workshop. So I decided to organize my cosmetic stash and give some of them a spin for practice.
One of my new toys happens to be Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in two lovely close-to-naked shades, Skin and Mauvey. Keep reading after the jump!
It’s sort of a no-brainer to know that you should exfoliate your lips before using matte lipsticks. They’ve developed a reputation for being drying on the lips over the hours. For these I would say, they’re not as drying as I expected them to be.
You can see how lovely and muted these two shades are. Let’s see them on a human.
The color Skin is actually three or four shades darker than my own skintone. That being said it certainly doesn’t give me a completely nude lip, but it does help mute excessive healthy redness in my lips, which I prefer not to have when I wanna slap on my neutrals for the day. Mauvey is a very pretty pale rose that actually sometimes goes on like a nude in the sense that it lifts the darkness off of your lips, but it certainly isn’t yellowish, it’s a very cool shade. Skin is warm, and mauvey is cool in color tone. Here is a look I did with Skin…
…and here is a monolid look I did with the color Mauvey. See the subtle but significant difference?
When it comes to application, being matte lipsticks it is a given that these drag and cling when you slide them across your lips. Do not apply if you have chapped lips! I prefer to apply thickly till no redness or natural color of my own lips can get through. I would suggest intense exfoliation and moisturizing of the lips, a tiny bit of lip balm perhaps, to aid in the application. I’m pretty impressed with Ever Bilena, their product range has significantly improved and the prices are still pocket friendly 🙂