Summer Makeup Staples: Favorite Summer Lippies

Even the biggest cynic has to admit, we’ve had a pretty sweet summer season, at least here in Atlantic Canada! Almost every weekend is sunny, and often days that call for rain turn into a beautiful and bright sunshiny day. It’s been sticky and humid, I’ll grant you, but hey – what’s the beach for if not to keep cool in the heat?

In an effort to use more of my eyeshadows, I went though a period of wearing different eye looks over the past couple months, only to become frustrated that they looked overdone and kind of grimy in this muggy weather. I finally decided that the shadows will have to wait until the cooler months, and instead I would focus on my TRUE makeup love of the moment – juicy lip colours.

Favorite Summer LippiesLeft to right: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita, YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Aquatique, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, Tom Ford Lip Color in True Coral, Dior Fluid Stick in Magique, purminerals Plumping Lip Gloss in Pink Crush

Over the past year or so, I’ve really started upping my lip game. For the most part, I own and wear shades in almost every shade imaginable, and change it up with each season. During the summer, I find warm pinks, happy corals, dusky roses, and orange-leaning reds tend to flatter my tanned skin most. The lippies that are in highest rotation are of all textures – gloss, stain-gloss hybrids, mattes, and cremes.

IMG_3097Left to right: NARS Dolce Vita, YSL Corail Aquatique, NARS Red Square, Tom Ford True Coral, Dior Magique, purminerals Pink Crush

I picked up NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita last fall on a whim – I cannot remember what drew me to the dusty rose shade, but I’m SO glad I brought it home with me, as it’s honestly one of my favourite, most flattering lip colours (in ALL seasons!) and I wear it CONSTANTLY. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out, which is SO unlike me!

I’ve had the YSL Glossy Stain for a couple years now, and while I wasn’t entirely enamoured with it when I bought it, it’s such an easy-to-wear soft coral that goes with essentially every look I create. Another one that I would definitely consider repurchasing as I probably wear it more than any other lippie I own, period.

The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square was a recent addition; after swatching orange-based reds on at least three separate occasions at Sephora, I finally went with with this one as I like the Velvet Matte formula, and it seemed to be the most flattering on me. I love it!

IMG_3103 Left to right: NARS Dolce Vita, YSL Corail Aquatique, NARS Red Square

I’ve shown you the Tom Ford Lip Color in True Coral before after I picked it up in NYC late last year. I was concerned that its coral-red tone was so bright it would be garish on my skin tone once tanned, but my fears were unfounded, as it looks even BETTER with a tan! The formula is more suited to this time of year as well, as my lips tend to be in better condition (read: not as sahara dry and flaky as in the winter) so it wear much better as well.

Back in June, after a monster swatching session at Shoppers, I picked up one of the new Dior Fluid Sticks in #479 Magique (which doesn’t seem to be available at Sephora for some reason), a bright coral pink. I really like the formula on these, and am always tempted to buy more but wish there was a bit more selection in the shade range – the lighter shades are too milky on my skin tone, and some of the other shades look too similar to this one. LOVE that juicy, colour-rich shine, though!

Lastly, a few years ago my aunt gave me a ton of purminerals lip glosses (you can find the brand at Shoppers), which have a great lovely, moisturizing formula. I gave away many of them as the shades didn’t call to me (and I don’t wear gloss too often these days), but this one in Pink Crush has become a huge staple for me as it gives just a hint of muted rose-y pink to the lips, and awesome shine. Another goes-with-everything lippie.

IMG_3101Left to right: Tom Ford True Coral, Dior Magique, purminerals Pink Crush

All six of these shades are without a doubt my most-worn, and most-loved lippies at the moment. They allow me a variety of looks and I truly enjoy wearing each one! This is my ultimate goal with my makeup collection – regardless of the number of products, as long as I take pleasure in wearing each item, then that’s really what counts. I’ve been slashing and hacking at my stash methodically over the past few months, and every week I feel that much more satisfied!

I will admit though…I’m starting to get that itch for fall makeup! Don’t shoot me… 🙂


What lippies have you been wearing to death this season?

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  1. #1 by cosmeticsandcrumbs on August 4, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    Such pretty lipsticks! And I completely agree with you about loving everything in your collection. I’m okay with having a lot of makeup, but not with having a lot of makeup I don’t like or use.

    • #2 by Latoya on August 5, 2014 - 10:51 am

      EXACTLY! Once I realized that, instead of thinking I was concerned with the SIZE of my collection, it made it a lot easier to stop stressing about it all, and I don’t keep things I don’t love anymore (well, at least – I’m working on that part! :P)

      • #3 by cosmeticsandcrumbs on August 7, 2014 - 4:20 pm

        I find it especially hard to get rid of gifts people you’re close to gave you- even when the product is not so good. Completely agree about the not stressing about the size!

      • #4 by Latoya on August 7, 2014 - 6:20 pm

        Yea, what’s up with that? My aunt gives me makeup all the time and I hang on to it way longer than I should. I’m getting better though 🙂

  2. #5 by Wonderlusting Lynda on August 4, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Well i guess overall pre 100 lippy days, it’s been all about orange. One of my last purchases was the Nars Red Square too – really love the texture of those pencils and that they can be sharpened unlike a lot of chubby stick style products.

    • #6 by Latoya on August 5, 2014 - 10:51 am

      Yea, I really love the way they feel too Lynda – balmy and easy to apply but with a great matte finish, which I’m really into right now. I bet it looks great on you!

      • #7 by Wonderlusting Lynda on August 5, 2014 - 11:55 am

        i fell in love with it in the shop but i haven’t actually worn it in “real life” yet! I need to get it out.

  3. #8 by Liz (@Reductionista) on August 4, 2014 - 11:05 pm

    I got the itch for fall makeup a month ago, when all the collections started rolling out in the States. No shooting here, lol.

    These are all super pretty and wearable shades. As fun as “summer makeup” can be, I agree, it’s hard to wear eye makeup period when the temperature starts to soar. I usually just get preoccupied with trying to keep the skin under control anyway.

    • #9 by Latoya Perkins on August 5, 2014 - 10:56 am

      100% agree. My skin is just so damn oily during the summer, that wearing much other makeup makes me look like I just spent a night DT and haven’t yet washed my face. UGH. Interestingly enough, I can pull off a heavier blush application no problem (summer blush staples post forthcoming!) as long as the formula is good, but a lot of eye makeup just looks trashy this time of year on me.

      And YES – bring on the fall pretties!

  4. #10 by Amy on August 12, 2014 - 1:57 am

    These are all so, so pretty! I’ve found myself wearing lots of gloss-stain-balm-thingies this summer, with a couple of full-powered lipsticks for variety 🙂 Eyeshadow has been rather uninspiring to me of late, so I’ve been all about the lips. I haven’t tried any of the Velvet Mattes because I hate the idea of product wastage from sharpening, but I may have to give them a whirl anyways after your raves! Dolce Vita is fab.

    • #11 by Latoya on August 12, 2014 - 5:48 am

      It’s an absolutely perfect shade Amy – definitely check it out at least! The sharpening thing is a downfall, but I don’t mind too much if only because it means I’ll actually use a product up quicker! Terrible mental game, I know haha.

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  5. #12 by talker blogger on August 24, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    My go to lip color is orange this Summer. I have been loving the Urban Secay lip crayons and Dior Addict fluid sticks

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