Live And Die By The Lips

Each product has been thoroughly tested under the harsh arena of living a badass life. Wearers be warned.

I’m a lipstick wearer. Bright red, dark purple, peachy orange. I live for making the most intimate part of my body the thing that stands out the most.

Each product has been tested for weather change, sipping whiskey, working out, and all the makeouts.

• • •Clinique Chubby Stick: Two Ton Tomato ($17)

Pros: This is the best glossy stain I’ve used in awhile. It doesn’t take a lot of application to get the soft color, and it works well as a top-gloss for drying lipsticks. Also, it works well as a cream blush!

Longevity: This is sort of a reapply product. The color will eventually wear away with talking, sipping your large glass of wine, or giving air-kisses to all your admirers. But it comes in fat pencil form; perfect to carry in your pocket-or cleavage- for easy reapply. It doesn’t stay on very long. If you’re wearing Chubby Stick and about to go in for a tongue-in-mouth kiss, it will find a new home on your beau’s face.

Sexy Lips Power: It looks like someone has been nibbling on your lip all night, and your lips just stood that way.

• • •Sephora Brand: Royal Wedding ($12)

Pros: Everyone is going to stare a your lips because you look like a 50s-Drape-Vixen. Apply it thick for a matte look, or blot it on top of some Chapstick for a flushed-possibly turned on look.

Longevity: The color will fade a little during the day to a matte pout that’s perfect for a not-so-harsh look…if you’re into that sort of thing. Be careful when you eat because the color can smear out of place. Here’s a tip to prevent that smearing: spritz your lips with a little hairspray after the application has dried. Then put your face in your freezer for 1 minute. It will set the staying power of the hairspray.

Sexy Lips Power: It’s the kind of color/texture that makes people want to fuck you, love you, and hate you at the same time.

• • •Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: Harlot ($18)

Pros: It’s almost in between a lipgloss and a lip paste. It will stick to your lips if you don’t moisturize prior, but it’s the perfect for the girl running from work, play, to eating, to more play, to waking up from a hookup, to work.

Longevity: You can drink straight vodka and the color won’t smudge. It never moves out of place! Taking it off is actually the harder part.

Sexy Lips Power: It’s the ultimate badgal bold of lip application. Wear it in all black and have your lips be the center of attention…best for biker bars and any tragic Hollywood rendezvous with Lana Del Rey. The packaging is a little annoying because it’s not a simple apply-pucker. Below is a great tutorial on how to make your Lip Tar into a lipstick.

Image: Laura Delarato. Materials: October Nylon Magazine Issue

Laura Delarato is a web producer, writer, social media consultant, and video creator in NYC. She has spent a lot of the past 10-years of her life in internships, college, part-time jobs, graduate school, and in front of a computer typing away her next brilliant idea. Her work has appeared in Playgirl Magazine, Kong Magazine, London Glossy Magazine…and at one time CosmoGirl! Magazine. Laura spends a lot of her time typing code for the web department of Details Magazine, performing improv at The Magnet Theater, and taking any burlesque class she can find. She was nominated for Best Series at The New School’s media department awards for her show: Fat Girl, A Web Series, which was also featured on the site LESGO-NYC as a new show to watch out for. When she is not fixing the internet, Laura likes to be a total badass by participating in body-positive/fat-acceptance activism, crafting pasties, discussing the beauty of pornography, and wearing all the short skirts. @lauradelarato


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