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OCC Lip Tars in Sebastian + Lydia

I have always been fascinated with lavender lips. And I don’t mean pastel, pinky-purples. I mean real lavender; muted purple with a strong touch of grey. But this sort of color is extremely hard to find, and it also has to go with your skin tone.

Sometimes when you can’t quite get that perfect shade you’re thinking of, a little mixology is needed. I mixed a bit of OCC Lip Tar in Lydia into Sebastian.

I’m wearing: 

  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio in Silent Treatment on the lids (pale beige pink all over, taupe all over the lids, dark charcoal brown in the socket and outer corners.
  • The Balm Bahama Mama to contour
  • MAC Coy Girl blush - this is a great muted plum purple
  • OCC Lip Tars in Sebastian (2 parts) with Lydia (1 part) - Sebastian is a soft chinchilla grey and Lydia is a muted plummy purple which helps add color to the grey so you don’t look like a corpse if you have medium to tan skin.

Other tips:

  • If you have very pale skin, use less of Lydia. Or just buy Lime Crime’s Chinchilla, which is a perfect dusty lavender grey.
  • If you have very dark skin, try using very little Sebastian if you want that dusty feel, or just wear Lydia neat as it has some muted dusty tones already, and that comes out more on dark skins.
  • Make sure you even out your skin properly. Any redness, unevenness and pink will be quite obvious because the lips are so muted. 
  • If you can’t get hold of a matching liner, just wear a clear liner so the color doesn’t bleed too much.

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