5 favorite everyday lipsticks

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From left: one, two, three, four, five

Lipstick is one of the cosmetics that I tend to have the most fun with. I love wearing it and love trying new brands and colors. Most often, though, I stick to my usual everyday lip color which is often a soft, sheer pink. Depending on my outfit or the rest of my makeup, I may choose a very sheer or very opaque finish, but generally these are the 5 lipsticks that get the most use from me!

It’s always helpful to see them actually applied so I took a few quick photos of each shade to demonstrate the color and finish! First up, Lipstick Queen Frog Prince.

This is the brightest pink but also the most sheer in finish. It doesn’t feel like there is anything on my lips!

Next is Fresh Lip Treatment in Rose, a longtime favorite that I’ve repurchased more times than I can count.

The color is a deeper pink but still very sheer and goes on like a dream. If you like lip color, but don’t like the feel of a heavy lipstick, you will LOVE this formula.

A lipstick that I’ve worn more in the last 3-4 months than any other color is Urban Decay Morning After. It’s the perfect cool toned pink!

This is the coolest, in temperature, of the bunch and the easiest to wear. I love this shade so much!

A lip gloss that I’ve been loving since receiving a sample is the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lip Gloss in Infamous.

This is quite opaque and is very long-wearing. I love the color in that it’s a pinky nude without being chalky or too brown.

Finally, my last favorite is the NARS velvet matte lip pencil in Intriguing.

This is the only real matte shade of the bunch and it wears like a dream. It feels light on the lips, and if you don’t like the sometimes dry feeling of long-wear lip pencils, you can top it with some lip balm or gloss. In fact, I love topping this with the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lip Gloss. I’ll apply it right to the center of my lips and then rub it around to blend it in with my finger. Works like a charm and lasts forever.

For more of my everyday makeup favorites, check out this post!


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 10.04.17

All the colours look great on you! So pretty!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Christen says · 10.04.17

I really love those NARS lip pencils. They go on nice and smooth and stay on pretty well. I’ve been loving the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks too. They actually stay on through eating!

Michelle says · 10.04.17

The fresh lip treatment turns to mush for me. Do you have that problem? Wondering how to prevent it.

Dawn says · 10.04.17

Thanks for your input. You do a lot of lipstick posts.

Ashley says · 10.04.17

Kate, I feel like you would really love the Revlon Balm Stain in the color Honey. It lives in my purse, and it’s my go to for an everyday color! It would look so pretty on you!

Elisabeth says · 10.04.17

I love the look of the NARS one!

xo, Elisabeth

Kim says · 10.04.17

Love this! I need some good, neutral everyday lippies.


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Jocelyn says · 10.04.17

Hi Kate,
Can you tell us what you’re doing with your lashes? They look amazing! Are you using a product to get them to grow or is it a new mascara? My lashes need help!!

Breanna C says · 10.06.17

She has a post about it not too far back. She got a lash lift and tinting.

fannyanddailybeauty says · 10.04.17

Lovely picks, I’m really into sheer finishes at the moment, so obviously the Lipstick Queen Frog Queen and Fresh Lip Treatment in Rose are particularly tempting to me!


Hannah says · 10.04.17

Loving all of these. But, how do they hold up through out the day?

Stephanie says · 10.04.17

I have extremely thin lips and find that lipstick wears off so quickly on my lips. Are tips, tricks, or suggestions?

Stephanie says · 10.04.17

I do love Urban Decay’s Morning After, but I can’t live without my Dior Addict Lip Glow in the soft pink! I purchased it after you raved about it a while ago and have already repurchased it several times!

Samantha says · 10.04.17

I got that fresh lip treatment for free as a sample from Sephora a while ago, stuffed it in a bag and just recently stumbled back upon it. I’ve been using it like crazy ever since then, I love it!

That Bare Minerals color is beautiful, I’ll definitely have to check it out!

Lily Kanaya says · 10.05.17

Super love all the colors, the colors is so me 🙂

Lily Kanaya

Gabrielle says · 10.05.17

I bought the Lipstick Queen Frog Prince after you recommended it in a previous. IT IS FABULOUS! I’m normally a chapstick only girl, but it feels so light and adds just the right shade of pink for your complexion. Thanks again for the recommendation!

Kate says · 10.05.17

for sure!

Cindy says · 10.07.17

These shades all look incredible on you! They definitely brighten up the complexion a lot. I have the Lipstick Queen Frog Prince lipstick and love the natural flush of color it gives!

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Lizzy says · 10.08.17


NARS gives me pimples around my lips 🙁
I do have sensitive skin but that rarely happens with lipstick.
Do you know why it would with some but not others? Ingredients?

Alex says · 10.11.17

Great selection ! The last one is so pretty on you !

Darlene says · 10.24.17

I bought the urban decay one based on your Instagram rec several weeks back and I love it! I got sheer rapture which I’m loving for fall. I I usually only wear gloss or chapstick so I’ve been happy that it feels smooth and light, but with color that sticks. Thanks!

Kate says · 10.25.17

I’ve considered that shade so much –it’s a good one!

InlineBuzz says · 08.06.18

Outstanding work!