I love experimenting with makeup probably more than anything. And I’ve noticed that one day I’ll layer two lip colors on a client then the next day I’ll pre-mix two colors… all depending on my mood. But I was curious how different the end results are, if at all; hence this experiment! One model, two lip colors either mixed together or layered on top of each other, same lighting, same skin tone. I think I covered all the possible variables! Here’s what I found:
It’s easiest to do this experiment with liquid lipsticks, lip stains or lip glosses, but you can certainly use two classic lipsticks. You’ll just have to slice off a sliver of each to do the pre-mix version.
- A Darker Shade — I chose Bliss Long Glossed Love Serum Infused Glossy Lip Stain because it isn’t sticky at all and is infused with lemon peel, cucumber and marshmallow extracts. This one ($6.77) is pretty too!
- A Lighter Shade — I chose Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss because it’s 100% vegan and feels amazing. This one ($3.49) is very comparable.
- Squeeze a pea size of the darker shade onto a palette, your countertop or the palm of your hand.
- Add the same proportion of the lighter shade (to keep the experiment as fair as possible).
- Mix the two together by swirling the solution with a lip brush or spatula.
- Apply the new solution all over the lip area with the brush.
- Apply the darker shade straight from the tube with the applicator wand.
- Continue covering the entire lip area.
- Now add a layer of the lighter color on top. In this case I used a lip brush.
I have a strong feeling I know what your votes are going to be… but humor me please and vote below! And for those of you that are fashion obsessed, this is the printed silk dress that you can only see a peek of on Penelope above but I’m so obsessed with it, I wore it on Good Morning America a week ago with Lauren Conrad!