Lipstick Diary: What I Wore That Day

I've gone to the dark side again. It's not as easy or simple as the bright side, but the payoff is worth it.
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in La Provocante

I've added a new lipstick shade to my repertoire, see? A modern matte with a velvety finish, it's more comfortable to wear than you might expect. The formula is just a smidge dry, quite tolerable with excellent staying power.

The colour does seem to settle a bit in the grooves of the lips; you might combat that with a lip primer base (I don't have the patience). You definitely have to start with smooth lips, via this daily move if you can and these foolproof supple-lip steps.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick_La Provocante

This is Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in La Provocante ($40 at department stores and Murale). To keep the colour contained, I lined the outer rim of my lips with a clear lip liner, then applied the lipstick with a brush rather than straight from the tube.

Although I'm still in the just-starting stages of wearing this shade (I'm having trouble accepting Fall), I've been hooked since Canada's Chanel makeup pro Julie Cusson put La Provocante on me at a recent event. It rather reminds me of this amazing lippie from MAC + Gareth Pugh.

Unfortunately, this is not a back-of-cab friendly shade. Precision required. But the payoff? Many, many compliments.

Are you into this lip colour yet?

Photos via Fujifilm Finepix F770EXR.