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What comes to mind when you see the colour Blue? Perhaps it’s the sky on a perfect cloudless summer day or the ocean waves on a tropical vacation. Maybe it’s your favourite flavour of slushy at the local corner store or a flashback picture form the 70s where blue eyeshadow was so misunderstood 😩. Maybe it’s deeper than that and blue represents feelings of sadness and depression on cold Winter nights. Blue can represent many things for us, so let’s be intentional with our use of the colour blue and maybe use it to express our feelings or repurpose it to do something spectacular like adorn our lips.
I first discovered the colour blue when I bought my first blue Annabelle eyeliner and applied it to my melanated skin one summer day. My skin glows a beautiful all-the-way-golden-brown in the Toronto sunlight in a way that makes me walk a little straighter and smile a little brighter. I had no reference for blue eyeliner on Black women in my own circles, but I like being me, so I wore it over some brown eyeshadow and with some black mascara and it was a hit to me and my reflection. Later on I discovered blue mascara, thank you Maybelline, and paired the two together and no one could tell me that I couldn’t wear blue to any place on my curvy body!
But Blue lipstick was a stretch and a leap. Where do you usually see blue besides on denim and the ocean? Where is blue acceptable for women? Usually, not on their lips, especially if they are office or church bound. I moved slowly. Blue liner, blue nail polish, blue tights, and then a cool blue-is gray lipstick came my way and I decided to shock my mother. Besides God, she commands a fear that is both healthy and not to be messed with, so if she could get over it, then I would be fine everywhere else. Blue lipstick…I’ve arrived, 😁!
So here we are almost a year later well into our RAINBOW series and blue is up next. Now to be honest I don’t have many blue lippies, but I think I still have more options than the average lip wear lover. It also helps that Canada is closing in on Winter for which blue is a cool colour to sport (pun intended…cool? get it?!!) Let’s look at some of the Blues to wear and what I’ve found in different textures and tones.
This blue looks more shiny here than the matte it really is because it was made on-site at Mix Beauty Lab. It was a fun experience I had with some of my besties. We mixed different hues and tones until we landed on this cool grey blue. It was my very first blue lipstick and it was so much fun. I named it Boo You Blue Check them out here and plan your own time to create a lippie you don’t yet own. https://shopmixbeautylab.com
Now I’ve spoken about this lippie by Estēe Lauder named Moon Rock from their Pure Color Love Lipstick line, but it begs repeating just how cool this one is. It is an iridescent lipstick that shines blue and green depending the light you’re standing under. I have it laid over another beautiful blue matte just to show it’s shine potential.
Third on our list is a beautiful matte lippie by FentyBeauty called Clapback from the Mattemoiselle line. It goes on velvety and is so deep that it will create a contrast that cannot be ignored. It’s also super affordable and makes something as simple as a parka and scarf combo way more fun.
This blue is one of my favourite lippies, period. This one was featured in the Easter colours and the Winter blog posts because it’s still that good. This Demi-matte Covergirl lippie is called Bestie Boo. It glides on easy like a satin but has just as much staying power as a regular matte. The light shade allows me to consider using it in an ombré option as well. See below and then stop by your local drug store to pick up this wonderful lippie.
Combination of FentyBeauty Clapback and Covergirl Bestie Boo.
Four very different blues…I can’t wait to get a few more…Do you know any other blues that I should try?!
Friend, I don’t know what the blues look like in your life nowadays, but I encourage you to choose to repurpose your blue. On depressing days, look to the sky and know that the God who made the blue skies, also made and loves you. On days when you feel cold inside or lonely and blue reminds you of some melancholy songs about people who call you “baby” leaving you, then please look at that blue moment and tell it that your life is valuable, necessary, and lovely, just like your lips are while decorated with any colour, even blue. YOU can wear blue and be happy. You can rejoice in the Winter like you did in the Summer. You can experience the Joy of the Lord and blue lipstick at the same time.
Choose Blue, Love. Choose life, choose joy, choose the love of God even in colours that confuse people the way joy in the midst of sorrow does in seasons of grief. You CAN wear blue in any season. Enjoy Blue and #wearitlikeyoumeanit 💋