So I've finally finally nailed down my everyday makeup routine. I don't feel I should devote my mornings to getting my face on, and my skin is irritated by every product ever. I hate having to "train" myself not to wipe my eyes or face--it's morning...I'm sleepy. I'm not going to party. I'm heading to the office. But I've finally figured it out.
I've written about my love for lip pencils before. Seriously, why bother with lipstick? You get perfect lines every time and it stays on forever. You also don't get that awful greasy feeling with lipstick. Pencils are the best. There are times when I look in the mirror and and I'm like "Oh yeah, I'm wearing makeup! That's why everyone's friendly to me today."
While I love the Makeup Forever bright red I talked about in the link above, I wanted something a little more sophisticated and a little more spookier for my more work-goth outfits--like a darker red. I went to Sephora and got the Burberry lip pencil in Union Red (No. 11) ($30). I also e-mailed customer service to ask if it was lead-free and they said it was, so that's a plus. It's awesome. It even comes with a great pencil sharpener.
The color payoff is fantastic... You barely have to press down. The pic below shows the color the best. It's a dark velvety red.
The best thing about it is how long it lasts. Unless I'm eating a messy lunch and have to use a napkin a lot, it lasts all day. And that's with many many mugs of tea. Doesn't come off at all. It's awesome.