Vanity + Wearables

I’m wearing hot pink lipstick!


There’s a giant photo of my head on my blog. Bye-bye, comfort zone!

I didn’t start wearing brightly-colored lipstick until I was in my mid-30s. I was into deep reds in my teens and early 20s, and then I pretty much just moved on to sheer, pinky-natural glosses. The lipstick that brought me around was hot-orange MAC Lady Danger, which I wrote about in 2010. And for about four years, that was the only color I wore when I wasn’t opting for a gloss. (By the way, I’m still on my first tube—that’s how slowly I go through lipstick. Please don’t tell me it’s expired and that my lips are probably coated with invisible fungus. I don’t want to know!)

Late last summer, I started to branch out…but just a little. After seeing Jenna wearing a beautiful shade of hot pink lipstick, I went for it: I picked up a tube of NARS Funny Face, and suddenly I had TWO brightly-colored lipsticks that I feel good in! I’m kind of shocked that it works with my skin color, since cool-toned makeup is usually Bad City on me.

I really like the texture of NARS lipstick. It doesn’t wear quite as long as MAC’s matte formula, but it’s a little kinder and less drying to my lips. It’s also a bit more forgiving during the application process. When I run out of my MAC Lady Danger, I may try NARS Heat Wave for the sake of the formula since it’s a very similar shade.

I still only wear real lipstick once or twice a week, but it’s fun to have two to choose from. I don’t feel like I’m wearing a costume, I just feel…fancy. I guess that’s the lipstick look that’ll define my late 30s. (Hey, I still have a few more months before I have to say “my early 40s.”)

Oh, and in case you’re curious, here’s a list of the rest of what’s on and around my head today:
✚ Lipstick: NARS Funny Face
✚ Mascara: Ardency Inn (I wrote a review of this magical stuff a while back.)
✚ Dress: H&M (Looks like they don’t have this exact print anymore, unfortunately.)
✚ Black earrings: & Other Stories
✚ Gold earrings: Madewell
✚ Necklace: Madewell (Oh hey, it’s on sale! You can see much of it in my photo, but I love this necklace. I wear it almost every day.)

p.s. Semi-related, since this is the “vanity” category: This interview with Fran Lebowitz in Elle is so fantastic. I adore Fran.

(Giant photo of my head by John Vairo Jr.)

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  • Reply kate March 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Well, you know I can talk makeup forever and ever. I have Funny Face as well and as does my bff, and it’s weird – it’s super iridescent on me, but not on her! I bought a similar color from the sephora lip stains and it’s super amazing: (strawberry kissed) – can’t recommend it enough, does not budge but doesn’t dry out. Also, I love Heat Wave but I also love MAC’s So Chaud, which is a super similar color but not as matte as Heat Wave. Also I bought NARS new color “Olivia”, which is a dark oxblood and it’s fun for nights out. Feel like you’d be into it too.

    • Anna @ D16 March 25, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Ooooh. I’ve never really tried any of Sephora’s own line of cosmetics. I’ll check out those stains for sure. Thank you!!

  • Reply Fe March 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Loving the colour !!!! AND you have the most amazing skin…. Fab photo 🙂

    • Anna @ D16 March 25, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Cosmetics + lighting + Photoshop = not so much skin as it is an idea of skin. 😉

  • Reply Adam March 25, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Mmmmm, fungus lips! 😉

  • Reply Louise March 25, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    The colour looks amazing – you look great!

    • Anna @ D16 March 25, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you, Louise!

  • Reply Grumble Girl March 25, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    GIANT HEAD. I mean… PFFT. *shakes head.

    You’re a beauty, Anna. YES. xox

    • Anna @ D16 March 25, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      OK, fat head. Is that better? 😉 xoxox

  • Reply Christina W. March 25, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Hey! I live in the same town as a JCrew/Madewell distribution center, and every couple of months they do big warehouse clearance sales. I got two $100+ cashmere scarves for $8 apiece in Feb, it was crazy! You have to wrestle with like 500 people and dig through boxes. So much fun. If you’re looking for anything, lemme know and I can keep my eyes peeled next sale. 😀

    • Anna @ D16 March 25, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      That’s pretty amazing, Christina, wow! I don’t really know much about Madewell stuff beyond their jeans and accessories, so I wouldn’t even know where to start, but I appreciate the offer. 🙂 I hope find more great stuff!

  • Reply Jennifer Owen March 25, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    i’ve been wearing funny face for the past year! It’s the best.

  • Reply Maia March 25, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Have you checked out any of the rad matte liquid lipsticks that are all the rage these days? There are some awesome colors and they last forever on the lips. I’m loving Anastasia Beverly Hills in Carina right now.

    • Anna @ D16 March 25, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      No, I haven’t, but I’m curious! I’ve definitely check out this one and the one that Kate mentioned above. Thanks!!

  • Reply Crystal March 25, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Wait wait! But what about the under eye concealer you’re wearing? It looks **flawless.

    • Anna @ D16 March 25, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      Lately I’ve been using Tarte CC underye—it’s great! I should probably write a post about it…

  • Reply Patricia March 26, 2015 at 1:18 am

    The pink lipsticks gives you such a fresh look! I love it! 🙂

  • Reply Melanie Biehle March 26, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Anna, that color looks great on you! You might like Marc Jacobs Lip Vinyl in Boom Boom too. Xo

  • Reply Ann March 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

    You look so good in that shade, and with your dark eyes and hair I bet you can carry off peach/coral really well too. Your skin is like porcelain!

    • Anna @ D16 March 26, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks, Ann! I can definitely do corals, but anything I’d describe as “peach” (and I realize these kinds of color names are subjective) tends to disappear on me a bit.

  • Reply Martha March 26, 2015 at 9:19 am

    No wonder Fran’s Elle interview made me think of you! She is amazing. Officially on the list of “people I want to be like in ___ years.”

    • Anna @ D16 March 26, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      She is incredible. I hope people read the last paragraph in particular.

  • Reply ryan March 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I thought I was the only one that didn’t discover lipstick until my 30s 🙂

  • Reply mommy March 26, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    You look so fresh and pretty, I can’t stop smiling.

    • Anna @ D16 March 26, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Now I can’t stop smiling, either! 🙂 🙂 🙂 xo

  • Reply Sarah March 26, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Totally random question, but are your two ear piercings horizontal to each other? Or does it just appear that way in the photo? I love the placement of your earrings and have been debating a second hole…but I’m not a fan of ‘earrings up the ear.’

    • Anna @ D16 March 26, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Hmmm. I never really thought about it before (I have a lot of ear piercings, and with the exception of the first hole, I did them all myself with a safety pin when I was teenager), but I guess maybe the second hole is kind of low? I don’t know if there are any guidelines about that stuff, but if you want a second hole horizontal to the first, just go for it. 🙂

  • Reply sah-rah March 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Love the look! I may need to be your earring twin.

  • Reply Lindsay March 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Great look for you! So, I have a question-are the wonderful eyelashes all due to the mascara or do you use anything else?? I’ve noticed as i have reached the mid-forties (ugh!) that my eyelashes have gotten thin and kind of stumpy……another joy of getting older!

    • Anna @ D16 March 26, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      The only other thing I use is a lash curler. Maybe they’ll all fall out in a few years, haha. 😉

  • Reply Melissa March 26, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I saw your tweet for the latest post and noticed the new profile picture, and immediately I had to know what lipstick this was! We’re similar coloring and I can never find a cool pink that works on me, but I love them so much. The funny thing is my mom had this lipstick years ago and never wore it and offered it to me, but I thought it wouldn’t work. Dammit. It looks incredible on you!

    • Anna @ D16 March 26, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! Yeah, it’s a really forgiving pink. My friend Jenna (who I first saw it on in person) has very different coloring from me, and it’s gorgeous on her as well. I hesitate to call it a universally flattering hot pink, but maybe it comes close!

  • Reply Judi March 27, 2015 at 9:25 am

    You. Are. Brave. I struggle with that particular comfort zone all the time (as evidence, see my Gravatar/blog/usual online identity photo, which is a picture of me taken, oh, 49 years ago?). Yay, Anna! And thank you for being courageous for the rest of us.

    Also, that is one amazing shade. I have been looking for a hot pink. Might be time to go check it out–although truthfully, everything turns pink-ish on me anyway (yes, even Lady Danger!).

  • Reply jesse.anne.o March 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I’ve been trying to remember lip color consistently these days and have been mining through some vegan/cruelty free brands. Right now I either use Pacifica’s Firebird, Armour’s Funhouse or Lush’s Santa Baby but I’d rather a more brick red.

  • Reply Amanda S. March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I recently discovered Lady Danger and love it! I’ve never been as obsessed with makeup until now and I’m 34. I LOVE it. So fun.

    I of course want your lip color now too. 😉 Such a delightfully fun pink for spring.

    And not to come off too much like a stalker, but I totally bought that Madewell necklace. It was too chic to pass up – well that and the mark down! Talk about SCORE.

    P.S. your style is so super rad.

  • Reply ombia March 29, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Perfect post and perdewct timing, I am just searching for a lipstick like this! Great informations also in a comment section!

    I like your dress and also H+M prices, but polyester is something in what I smell bed until the end of the day. :-((( and to buy only silk would be to expensive.

  • Reply ombia March 29, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I forgot to emtnion how young you look!!! No sign of aging at all!!!
    And Madewell necklace is amazing.

  • Reply Joy April 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I recently got my first (hot) pink lipstick as well, and it’s awesome! Never thought this would work for me, but tried it on a whim and am really loving it. It’s MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus, which surprised me most of all.

  • Reply LaTiesha Caston April 6, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    youre so adorable!

  • Reply leanne April 7, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I recognized the H&M dress right away because I just tried it on couple of days ago in the store (I live in the Bay Area). I love the print but didn’t end up buying it.

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