If you’re anything like me (or any other girl in the world) it’s likely you have upwards of 15 lipsticks rolling around your handbag or make up case at any given point. Because, you know, sometimes I want a cool red, and others I want a warm red, and then there’s the times when the perfect shade comes from mixing two together.
But all of that changed when I heard about The Lip Lab in Paddington: a miraculous, magical land where a team of makeup artists mix a personalised lipstick shade for you to treasure for life. When the team invited us in to check it out, I was there quicker than Kanye can jump on stage when Beyoncé doesn’t win an award.
The whole thing was, in two words, mind blowing. And that’s no word of an overstatement. Seriously, I have spent hours at the lippy counter drawing lines on my hand (and eventually all the way up my arm) to find that perfect shade of coral, and now you tell me that for a casual $45, I can sit with an expert makeup artist to get my very own colour? What a time to be alive!
It’s a bit like Cold Rock ice cream, except 10 million times better. The lovely team use a very scientific palette to combine cosmetic paints and produce the very best lippy shade for you. You’ve got the option of a chic matte, silky gloss, a pouty, shiny finish and more. Hell, you can even add a delicious scent, SPF or lip plumper if that’s your style—you name it, they can do it.
My new bestie—makeup artist Andrea—told me she helped someone create a blue lipstick a while back. Of course, it turned out fabulously, and if I were brave enough, you bet I would rock it.
While definitely mind-blowing to a make up pleb such as myself, the process is relatively easy. I had a quick chat with Andrea about what kind of colour I was after. A few umms an aaahhhs later, we decided on a beautiful matte nude… Just call me Kylie. After trying it on a few times and adjusting the colour, the mixture is melted down and then set into a beautiful container and placed in my hot little hand to keep for life. Of course, Andrea keeps note of the mixture so I can pop back in when I inevitably use it up.
Still reeling from the awesome $45 price tag and incredible offering, I can’t help spreading the word. Book yourself into The Lip Lab and get mixin’!
Here are a few things you should note before heading into The Lip Lab:
- Have some form of idea of what you want. Even if it’s a pic from an old Dolly magazine, it can help the girls narrow down your shade.
- Clean, exfoliated lips are your friend. They will ask you to try your shade on a few times before setting it.
- Don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re not sold on the colour… But do it during the mixing process, when it’s an easy fix.
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at The Lip Lab