In The Chair: Get More Mileage Out Of Your Makeup & Mix Your Lip Colors

In The Chair: Get More Mileage Out Of Your Makeup & Mix Your Lip Colors

Raise your hands if your makeup drawer is overflowing with lipsticks and glosses you bought, swearing they would look great on you, but things sorta fell flat. It happens to the best of us, but there’s no need to let those lippies collect dust or be thrown in the trash when you can give them new life by mixing them.

Have a color that’s too dark? Mix it with something lighter! Something’s too light? Add a pinch of something darker. Not loving the finish? Add gloss to a matte color to give it some shine or add setting powder to something glossy to give it more of a matte finish.

I actually emptied my purse and found some recent lip colors that needed new life.


  • At the top left is Lancome Rouge in Love #381, a gorgeous shade of bold violet with shimmer and MAC Viva Glam Nicki. The Viva Glam Nicki isn’t a color I reach for often, but when paired with Lancome Rouge in Love #381, it becomes a more wearable pink as you can see swatched above.
  • Then below that is one of my fave reds MAC Ruby Woo. It’s perfect on its own, but the recent release of MAC Grey Friday, a frosty slate grey color that looks great on everyone else, but me caused me to marry the two. With the help of the red in Ruby Woo, Grey Friday becomes a plummy deep red.
  • And last but not least, I love the Motives for Lala gloss in Drama Queen, but I thought it would look greater with a kick of red since it’s so sheer. I mixed a little Lise Watier Haute Couleur in Rouge Catwalk and voila! We have a pinky red gloss.

Two brands we love that carry lip colors practically made for creating your own unique shades are Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar and Sleek MakeUP Pout Paint. Both products are highly pigmented lipstick/gloss hybrids that can be blended with other colors easily and then dry down to an almost velvet matte finish, while other shades have a bit of a glossy shine. We love that each brand features normally un-wearable colors like white, blue, yellow, and black. (Before you start giving us the side-eye, hear us out.) White can easily make a lighter version of any color while black can darken. Blue and yellow can make a color cooler or warmer respectively so you can adjust a shade that didn’t quite work out. It’s basically genius and since makeup artists have been doing this for centuries, it can make us everyday makeup mavens feel like little pros.


Do you ever mix your lip colors?



-Danielle Gray