From time to time I look through my vast collection of lipsticks and think "neh, none of you are doing it for me today". Being the economical soul that I am I don't just rush out to buy a new shade every time this happens, so, I have to work with what I got.
This time I was working with red. Red and orange. I wanted a specific shade of orange-toned red and none of the orange-toned reds I own (at least 5) were giving up the goods. I went in with MAC Redd Lip Pencil (£12 from MAC Cosmetics) first; I tend to put lip liner all over my lips to avoid any hint of an actual line because that's not what I'm about. This just lays a good orangey red base (it's my favourite liner for that... colour? shade? family). Next was NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£18 from SpaceNK) which kinda brought me back the wrong way. It is more blue based but I went with it, I thought on my feet. That's where the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riveria (£23 from SpaceNK) did its thing. This is ORANGE. One thin layer of this and I had arrived at that magical shade I had created in my head; for on that day, this was orange-red perfection.
All the layers (again, thin, and I blotted) meant that my lips stayed put pretty much through the night, even after eats and drinks. With that, I feel like I have this whole summer thing nailed already.
I, I say that.