I went clubbing yesterday. I wanted to do a minimal eye makeup, some foundation, a flush of blush and highlighter. And a bold lip. Red was the color I wanted to wear because when can I wear a red lip when I have to do my office job (to avoid stupid commentaries I wear a nude lip color, sadly)? Never. Exactly.
I took my lip balm, removed it gently after 10 minutes, applied MAC Prep + Prime Lip Primer, waited til it felt tacky on my lips and applied Russian Red and Ruby Woo next to each other on my lips:
While Russian Red goes on smoothly and pigmented, it's hard to apply Ruby Woo since it's drier than Russian Red. I chose RW over RR since RR is a bit darker and transfers faster than RW.
I repeated the steps (lip balm, MAC Prep + Prime for lips) and tried applying RW with a lip brush from MAC. Since it's such a dry formula, I couldn't apply a pigmented layer with a lip brush.
Applied directly from the bullet, I looked in the mirror and felt absolut fabulous.
Of course, a red lip needs to have precise, sharp line. I used MAC Pro Longwear for that purpose.
Before I went to the club, I drank alot of water from the bottle. No Ruby Woo on the bottle. No smeared lipstick.
I was ready!
I must admit, I only drank another bottle of water at the club, no alcohol. So nothing else but water bottles touched my lips that night. I saw many girls that night who wore no bold lipsticks (except for one girl, she wore a purple lipstick and she danced so good) and I felt a bit strange because it was obvious I was one of the very few girls who wore a bold lip color. But guess what: You have to stand out in the crowd. A girl who dances like there is no tomorrow is more likely to get some drinks from guys than the girl who makes you think she doesn't want to be in the club right now. (Some guys wanted to approach me, but I showed them I didn't want it that night since I was there to dance.)
Some might have said bad words when they saw my red lip color but why should I care what others think of me?
I came home after 4 1/2 hours.
The lipstick faded a bit in the inner corners but it was not noticeable in the club. Plus I was a bit close to the mirror because I wanted to see the naked truth. And I was not disappointed.
Getting this baby off was not that quick as with my usual lipsticks: I used pure olive oil. Had to use it 3x with cotton balls to get rid of the lip product and the stain. And even today there is some stain visible which is not a drama for me.
All in all, this is what I learned from my night experience with Ruby Woo (and the MAC retro matte lipsticks):
- prepare your lips is key -> a lip balm is not enough if you remove it after a couple of minutes, you need MAC Prep + Prime Lip Primer or something similar which doesn't dry out your lips nor makes them too moisturized
- lip brush is helpful if you wish to apply a hint of color or line your lips -> opaque color will only show up if you apply it straight from the bullet
- clean the edges of your lips with a concealer and a detailer/tiny brush but don't overdo it or it will look cakey, plus set it lightly with powder
- a stain will be visible
- lipstick fades, even though it's a Sahara formula but it will not be visible from a far distance/in the evening
- if you don't want to worry about checking your lipstick every hour, go for retro matte as it's the formula that stays the longest on your lips
Retro Matte is my favorite finish from the MAC lipsticks, because you can make them work. You just need to prepare your lips carefully. And you do the same with everything on your face with makeup, so why not with lipstick?