Hello and welcome to Gloriously Vintage, today dear Reader, I am sharing with you one of my pleasures in wearing makeup – Blending Lipsticks.
What do I mean by Blending Lipsticks?
There are a number of ways to blend lipsticks. Here are three ways; some are more successful than others!
You can actually mix lipsticks together, thus creating a new colour, in a small pot. I have tried this with the last bit of a couple of lipsticks, in the past. It is hard to get a good colour because the outcome is practically unknown. There is a risk you will end up with a sludgy mess! It was not successful. I do not do this now.
You can actually mix colours on the lips using a lip brush. This can be very successful and allows for very interesting effects. Using darker shades at the outer edges and outline, blending to lighter shades on the centre on the bottom and top lip, it is possible to make lips look fuller and really gorgeous. It takes time and practice and is often referred to as advanced lipstick application in beauty books. I do this for very special evening events.
In this post, I am sharing with you dear Reader, blending lipsticks by layering lip colour from lip pencil and lipsticks to create new colours that come very close to matching elements of your outfit.
I love to do this to find a match with a scarf, handbag or a piece of jewellery.
The principles work with all shades of lipstick.
I will be illustrating them here with shades of red and coral.
In the photograph above I am wearing a lipstick blend. It is made up of:
Lip Pencil + Base Colour +Additional Colours = NEW (Desired) SHADE
A colour that matches the colours in the scarf very well.
Why Blend Lipsticks?
Well my answer to that question is twofold. Firstly it is fun to blend two or more lipstick colours together to create new shades that are unique. Blending lipsticks together extends the range of the single colours and the results are extremely satisfying because of how they look and wear. Secondly, dear Reader, if you have a colour or tone in a scarf, handbag or outfit it is fun to blend lipsticks together to get as near a match as you possibly can. This gives a level of elegance that is not difficult to achieve. You can then get the blusher, nail varnish and the rest of your makeup to be perfectly in tune with the total look you are creating.
Matching lip colour to tones in accessories is something we see sometimes on the Red carpet at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards or the Oscars. I particularly remember Angelina Jolie Pitt wearing an elegant full length gown that was very simple, carrying a red clutch bag matched perfectly to her lipstick. This was very striking and memorable.
My husband often says to me, “Your lipstick looks amazing”. I usually reply, “It’s a blend!”
In this photograph you saw on my last post I am wearing a lipstick blend. It is made up of:
A lipstick that complimented my party dress and would be unique at the event
Looking very happy on my 60th Birthday, wearing a blend to match the Schreiner Demi Parure!
Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Red + Revlon Red +Dior 999 = A very bright, warm red that tones well with the jewellery and the scarf I am wearing.
If you are wearing vintage style clothes why not go a step further and really work on the lipstick to complete your look?
Sometimes it is possible to blend a red lipstick that is just the right shade, texture and finish so that your finished look is simply incredible. The blending principles I am discussing here can be used with all colours to get the tone required. I am illustrating this post with shades of red because love lipstick, especially red tones. Blending is what I do most days. In A/W my reds are a warm red/wine base colour and moving to berry and purple, mauve tones. I also love to blend russet, chilli tones into my red in the A/W. At the time of writing it is May and S/S is here! So dear Reader, let’s take a look at reds and corals to be ready for S/S!
What do you need to get started?
Two or more lipsticks that you like and really know the colour. Think – is it bright, flat, pinky, bluey, does it suit me? Does it make me happy to wear it?
Lip pencils in a number of tones. When you are young lip pencils just sort out the outline of your lips, over 40 years old I think it is important to outline and full in the lips to give an excellent base to then fill in with lipstick.
Good Quality quilted toilet paper for blotting. I have tried tissues, cotton handkerchiefs, blotting papers; you name it and have found this to be the best. The quilted toilet paper sheets will take 3 or 4 blots and do not separate on the lips.
A good moisturizing routine to keep your lips and the skin around your mouth well moisturized.
A face flannel for exfoliating the lips regularly. I use a clean face flannel everyday to wash my face in the morning. Then I like to use cleanser, toner and moisturiser at night with cotton makeup remover pads. If your lips are kept well moisturised and you are following a good routine, they will look great.
It is worth following a disciplined skin care routine for life. If you do not do this – start now. I have cared for my skin religiously over my life and am keeping deep wrinkles at bay, for the moment!
How to get a great result
Here is my step by step guide to a great blend:
Preparation of the lips is vital. Moisturise lips and then wipe away the moisturiser.
I like to put a thin layer of foundation onto my lips to start.
Follow this with a little powder to create a matte surface
Outline lips with your chosen coloured lip pencil
Fill in the outline with lip pencil.
Apply the base colour.
Blot on quilted toilet paper, 3 times. You will see the strong colour in the first blotting.
Apply again and blot 3 times
Apply another colour that will take the base colour up or down in brightness or toward coral or red. Blot again at least twice.
Go on layering colours until the desired match is achieved. Blot each application at least once or twice. Four layers, each blotted should stay on well.
Use the blotting on the sheet to match with the outfit , scarf or even jewellery.
Try on the finished outfit with your blend; enjoy the result – a truly individual look that is specific to that outfit. The perfect finishing touch!
Your new shades
When you practice the above is possible to create formulas or codes to enable you to collect blends that really work for you.
Lip Pencil + Base Colour+ Additional Colour(s) =
When blending it is very important choose a base colour. This is the colour you apply first.
It can be a favourite you know looks great on its own, mine is Revlon Red. It is a staple colour and has been available for many years. It is a red with warm tones.
Find out if you suit reds with a blue tone or a more tomato tone. I suit the warmer reds. Bluey ones do nothing for me at all. Search and try out testers in shops – go outside and look at the colours in natural light.
Texture and Finish
It interests me greatly how the texture of lipstick goes in and out of fashion. Now I am older I follow the beauty pages of both Vogue and Harpers Bazaar. I love to see how the lipstick textures are going to play out each season. Sometimes it is matte or satin finish and of course glossy lips dip in and out of fashion. These fashions can determine what colours and types of lipstick are available to buy. Dita Von Teese advocates stocking up on your favourites. The most annoying thing is when marvellous colours are discontinued and are unavailable.
Last year I bought 2 Revlon HD lipsticks in Poppy and Gladiolus. I wore them in blends all summer and had great fun with them. Thankfully they and still available and I am just now buying them again for this year!
Season by Season
Once you master this blending principle, there is nothing to stop you making many, many tones from your lipstick collection. Why should you restrict yourself? Blotting and layering the colour makes lipstick stay on to eat and drink and to just last well through the day.
I wear a uniform to work. So every day I practice my blends when I do not have to match anything in particular. I try out blends and assess how they have stayed on during the morning or afternoon. I am using that work time to prepare great lipstick looks for the outfits I am planning to wear at the weekend or to attend a special party or event.
Some Lipsticks stay on better than others due to the amount of pigment in them. Max Factor are excellent, L’Oreal Reds are lovely , I like Blake’s and Eva’s.
This summer I am also using Dior 999 and Bobbi Brown Parisian Red. I will enjoy them on their own but will also be experimenting with some amazing blends!
Here are some examples of my favourite blends:
If I want a good warm coral I turn to:
Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Red + Revlon Red + Bourjois 10 Rouge Buzz
This is one of my absolute favourite summer blends! I wear this many times because it is bright, strong and a warm summer red that stands out well with a lot of my clothes.
Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Red + Revlon Red + Revlon HD Gladiolus
For a bright summer blend that comes out slightly more red than the one above I use:
Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Red + Revlon Red + Bourjois 13 Jet Set
You can find inspiration for your look in many places. Dear Reader, please talk to me and share some of your inspiration in the comments. As I love lipstick and wearing it, mine starts with the classic Hollywood film stars. I look at Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, June Alyson, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day, Cyd Charrise and Lauren Bacall to name a few. They all looked so glamorous and beautiful. On Facebook there are groups who share wonderful photos of these film stars.
Images in magazines are helpful as you can find looks you like. It is possible to emulate this style and put your own personal twist on it. When I was in my early 20’s I read the beauty pages of Vogue magazine avidly and copied some of the makeup looks, learning all the time what worked and certainly what definitely did not!.
I also find inspiration now in my jewellery and scarf collections. Can I blend a lipstick to match or to tone really well? I am also inspired by the colour of handbags. I have a bright tomato red modern handbag that I always wear with a specific blend. I have to say I feel marvellous when I wear it!
Here I have used:
Bobbi Brown lip pencil in red + Revlon Red +MAC Lady Danger +Revlon HD Poppy = A good match to this handbag
Matching tones to a scarf will always produce a very “finished” and polished look. If the scarf is near your face, it makes perfect sense to blend a lipstick to go with it.
Here I have used:
Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Red + MAC Lady Danger + Revlon HD lipstick Poppy = A lovely bright colour to wear with my scarf!
To go with this lovely silk scarf I blend:
Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Sangria + Revlon Red + Max Factor Mulberry =
A more purple tone that works for S/S because the Revlon Red base colour stops the Mulberry coming out too dark. The Mulberry shade has little gold sparkles in it which adds an interesting finish.
A big thank you to Glenn for taking these photographs.
I hope you are thinking now about having a go at blending and creating your own blends to match your outfits. Summer is ahead of us with plenty of opportunities to be out and about looking very glamourous.
It’s been great to get together on Gloriously Vintage – drop by again soon!