beauty Jan 5, 2018

How To Achieve the Perfect Bold Lip + The Longwear Lipstick I’ve Been Wearing Non-Stop

Mary Orton of fashion blog Memorandum creates a bold lip with nars lip pigment and wears velvet burgundy dress with vintage chanel earrings and jimmy choo mary jane pumpsMary Orton of fashion blog Memorandum creates a bold lip with nars lip pigment and wears velvet burgundy dress with vintage chanel earrings and jimmy choo mary jane pumps

DRESS: Ted Baker  (similar affordable option HERE) |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar affordable option HERE)  |  EARRINGS: Zara (also love THESE) |  BRACELET: old, similar HERE & HERE  |  LIP: Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment (Under My Thumb) + Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Endangered Red)


I’ve been raving about the Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment for so long on instastories, I thought it was high time I do a full post on this game-changing product.  Since I’ve been wearing it constantly for the past several months, I’ve been getting constant questions about the product and application tips via DM and email, so wanted to break it down and answer all of your questions here in one place!  Of course, you can always find my complete list of holy grail beauty products in my comprehensive, constantly-updated Beauty Routine post here!


Mary Orton of fashion blog Memorandum creates a bold lip with nars lip pigment and wears velvet burgundy dress with vintage chanel earrings and jimmy choo mary jane pumpsMary Orton of fashion blog Memorandum creates a bold lip with nars lip pigment and wears velvet burgundy dress with vintage chanel earrings and jimmy choo mary jane pumps


A bold lip has definitely been my go-to this season, and is my favorite way to liven up cold-weather looks.  Of course, there’s no better finishing touch to a dressy ensemble like the burgundy velvet dress I’m wearing today than a bold lip for a fun night out.  However, when I’m not getting gussied up in the winter, I often tend towards comfortable, dark layers and I’ve found that rocking a bold pout is a fun, easy way to spice up my casual looks as well.


Now, anyone who has attempted a bright red or deep burgundy lip knows that achieving and SUSTAINING that perfect pout is far from easy.  After trying just about every long-wear lipstick on the market, I finally stumbled upon my latest OBSESSION: the Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment.


Mary Orton of fashion blog Memorandum creates a bold lip with nars lip pigment and wears velvet burgundy dress with vintage chanel earrings and jimmy choo mary jane pumpsMary Orton of fashion blog Memorandum creates a bold lip with nars lip pigment and wears velvet burgundy dress with vintage chanel earrings and jimmy choo mary jane pumps


This product is the hands-down MVP lip product for me right now.  It is a long-wearing, matte, liquid lip product offering full coverage in one swipe.  Not only is it incredibly long lasting, but it’s hydrating and smudge-proof allowing for comfortable, fuss-free wear. That means I can have my glass of wine (or coffee) and bold lips at the same time.  I’m telling you, this is the best product on the market.


 


Here’s a breakdown of why it’s been a game-changing product for me and how best to use it:


LASTS FOREVER:  As documented on instastories, there have been many days where I’ve put this lip product on at 7:30AM and have literally not touched it for the duration of a 12 hour day.  WHAT?!  I’ve tried SO many liquid lipsticks and haven’t found anything that comes close to this product.


DOESN’T DRY OUT YOUR LIPS:  This is the biggest complaint I have with similar longwear liquid lipsticks—they completely kill my lips and make them horribly dried out and peeling for days afterwards.  Not at all the case for the Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment at ALL.


NO LIP-LINER NECESSARY:  If you’re experienced with bold red lips, you’re likely thinking I’m completely crazy, but it’s true: this is the rare lipstick that actually doesn’t require the application of lip liner beforehand.  In fact, it goes on more precisely and lasts longer if you don’t use one.  I simply apply it to clean, dry lips and that’s IT.  The application wand is so incredibly precise and easy to handle, you can create a perfect line without the help of any other product.


NO FEATHERING:  Since it dries matte after application, there’s absolutely never any feathering.  This is my biggest pet peeve with other favorite lipsticks, which cause me to carefully apply lip liner (and sometimes concealer!) to prevent.


FADES NATURALLY:  Of course, this lip product is not a tattoo, so if you’re eating and drinking a lot over the course of many hours, it will fade slightly, especially in the inner, central part of your lower lip.  However, unlike other similar products that dry unnaturally and create a weird, harsh line on the inside of your lips, this one fades in a very natural way, making the faded result still totally normal-looking.  There’s no worse feeling than being stuck at a dinner party and noticing weird glances down at your mouth when you’re talking because your lipstick has gone awry.


FAVORITE COLORSUnder My Thumb (berry/burgundy), Starwoman (vivid blue red), Save the Queen (dusty mauve)


PRO TIP: As mentioned above, if you’re eating particularly oily foods for an extended period of time, the color may fade slightly in the center.  In this case, I carry the Nars velvet matte lip pencil in my purse and use it for quick touch-ups on-the-go.  Of course, if you can sneak away to the bathroom mirror to use the powermatte lip pigment to touch up, that’s a great option as well, however the pencil is a much safer bet and easier to apply on the fly without a mirror.  The matte lip pencil also offers nice added moisture and blends really well with the powermatte liquid lip pigment (in both texture and color) so it’s a perfect combo!


AVAILABLE HERE:  It’s becoming increasingly popular (no surprise there!) so if the colors you’re looking for are sold out at Sephora, here are direct links to every other place you can find it: NORDSTROMULTABLUEMERCURYNET-A-PORTERMACY’SBARNEY’SNEIMAN MARCUSNARS


Mary Orton of fashion blog Memorandum creates a bold lip with nars lip pigment and wears velvet burgundy dress with vintage chanel earrings and jimmy choo mary jane pumpsNars lip pigment on a silver tray with gold jewelry and vintage chanel earringsMary Orton of fashion blog Memorandum wears velvet burgundy dress with vintage chanel earrings and jimmy choo mary jane pumps Mary Orton of fashion blog Memorandum wears velvet burgundy dress with vintage chanel earrings and jimmy choo mary jane pumps nars lip pigment with gold vintage jewelry

DRESS: Ted Baker  (similar affordable option HERE) |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar affordable option HERE)  |  EARRINGS: Zara (also love THESE) |  BRACELET: old, similar HERE & HERE  |  LIP: Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment (Under My Thumb) + Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Endangered Red)


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10 Responses to How To Achieve the Perfect Bold Lip + The Longwear Lipstick I’ve Been Wearing Non-Stop

  1. Rach says:

    I just love how bold the color is!! I need to check this out!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  2. Have you ever tried LipSense too?? I just bought my first one, and I was wondering how the Nars compares to it??
    Have a great weekend!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  3. Mandy says:

    I am always looking for a long lasting lipstick and the fact that it’s matte even better! Thanks for the post. Have you tried Senegence Lipsense? To me, its the best long lasting lip color. It can be worn matte or glossy depending on the top gloss you select so it virtually doubles your lip colors! Hope you check it out because I would love to know what you think.

  4. I’ve been looking for a shade like this—and one that will stay on all day—for the longest time. I am going to purchase this lipstick right now!

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

  5. Natali says:

    You always impress me!!! Fantastic and such a glamorous, Red Carpet like outfit and MUA!!

    https://lartoffashion.com

  6. Lydia Fruge says:

    Hi Mary, saw on IG that you were looking for other skincare brands and products to try. Two that I’ve been very into with the cold temps are the Glossier Moisturizer in Rich and Beauty Counter’s Lip Conditioner in Peppermint. I layer on both at night to keep my skin and lips from drying out. – Lydia

  7. Kelly says:

    This purple is such a gorgeous hue on you!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  8. Nikki says:

    I have been a crazy fan of the lip colors you use since forever!
    Thank you so much for sharing this! It is very helpful, also I love the fact that you’ve gone into details while talking about the product and not just glossed over it.

    Love,
    Nikki
    http://www.runwaytoroad.com

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