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How to: Colour Your World With Crayons

Tue, 15 January 2013 3:57PM

I thought I’d be over it by now; the mood would pass like a lazy summer Sunday and the novelty would have worn off along with the tread of my Havaianas.

But no, my heart still belongs to lip crayons. As a matter of fact, my love for them has increased – rather than waned – this summer, as the colours continue to add a bold bolt of brazen pizzazz to an otherwise makeup-free face and their resistance to sun, surf and sangria never ceases to amaze.

My go-to: Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour in Graped-Up, $35, department stores

Crayon curious? Here’s the why, what and when to wear of my favourite foray into lip colour:

The Benefits: Tie your hands behind your back, turn the lights off and answer only to ‘Blind Freddy’ – even then you could apply these suckers. For some reason that even N.A.S.A can’t come to terms with, crayon colour goes on right every time, without crawling into lip creases or straying over the lip line. I am a mad fan of slapping them on at a red light en-route to the office. By the time the lights go green, my kisser and me are good to go. Literally.

The Bonus: Many crayons come in a twist applicator, so that just when you think you’ve reached the end of the ruby red road, you take a small turn of the base to reveal even more of the good stuff. They don’t require sharpening either, which means you are not leaving colour to languish in the confines of the eraser.

The Boost: Lip crayons are crazy moisturising. Which is startling when compared to Crayola. Those things are nasty! But Revlon and Clinique all deserve serious kudos when it comes to non-chalky options. If you find that your lip crayon is at all drying, prep lips with a balm at least ten minutes before application to ensure your pout is perfectly moist but not greasy – the latter which can cause colour to slip.

The Behind-The-Scenes: So how do crayons conquer every lip need in one small product? Well although they are far removed from a typical lipstick – which contain pigments, oils, waxes and emollients – they definitely deliver colour just as successfully as any lipstick. However, this modern take on lip makeup leans more toward a balm in texture and feel. The two combined mean colour and comfort are no longer mutually exclusive.

The Best Bit: Lip crayons allow you to remain devil-may-care with colour. So budget savvy are they, you can chop and change colours daily – or hourly – and apply with or without a mirror at your will. Break the rules here and be bold and brave with colour sans self-consciousness.

The Deal Breaker: Although summer loves lip crayons, it’s not a two-way street. Excessive heat and humidity will cause the crayon to melt a little so keep them refrigerated alongside the aforementioned sangria for best results.

The Bright-Guide: Because lip crayons offer such bright shades, stick to some simple guidelines to get it right first go:

  • If you have fair skin, opt for slightly apricots, nudes, pinks and light corals
  • Medium skins work back beautifully with reds, magenta, berry, mauve, pinks and rose
  • Dark skins are crying out for caramel or walnut shades. Try these for day and amp it up in the evening with a browner or grape tone

My other pick of the crayon kaleidoscope: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Sweetheart/Valentine, $17.95, Priceline

Do you have a favourite brand lip crayon?

What’s your top shade?

ecb x

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  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Tue, 15 January 2013 04:47pm

    Haha I’m cheap and only have Face of Australia’s lip crayons, $15 for 3, but they’re so great! I’ve been lusting over chubby sticks for years though, just haven’t been able to justify the price.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 16 January 2013 11:07am

    Love my Clinique chubby stick crayon in Curvy Candy! So easy to apply, feels like a lipstick/lipbalm combo. Cannot wait to get them in more shades!

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Wed, 16 January 2013 06:22pm

    I think one of my first crayon products I had sharpened and totally wrecked because the plastic would scratch me. Thank goodness it was a cheapie one long ago when I didnt know they simply twisted up…

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 03:00pm

    I’m loving the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain’s!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 03:30pm

    I’ve never tried a crayon before, but with a write up like that it looks like I’ll be trying one out pretty soon!

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 08:28am

    I own three Chubby Sticks – mega melon is my favourite. I love the sheer colour and how soft they make my lips.

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 06:50pm

    I’ve been wanting to try these for ages… definitely have to bit the bullet soon.

  • Posted by: sam // Mon, 21 January 2013 02:20pm

    revlon lip stain is MIGHTY amazing.. it stays on for ages too!

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Tue, 22 January 2013 02:17pm

    I’ve had my eye on the clinique chubby sticks ever since they came out but I haven’t been able to decide on what colour to try out!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 09:10pm

    I don’t have any lip crayons even though I really wanted one last year, since then I have forgotten about them…whoops now I want one again but I am on a spending ban when it comes to lip products since I have so many

  • Posted by: Jaimi Enthusiast // Fri, 1 February 2013 01:08pm

    Love the chubby sticks, def worth the price – I am wearing strawberry now

  • Posted by: crystal Enthusiast // Wed, 6 February 2013 10:18pm

    I feel so bad. I actually have 8 of these little suckers and I lush everyone of them.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 13 February 2013 05:31pm

    My fave is by far the revlon lip balm. The quality and staying power is amazing and so affordable to buy.
    Id love to try the chubby sticks but they cost to much :(

  • Posted by: Claire88 Master Fan // Fri, 1 March 2013 12:08am

    I am loving the Revlon Kissable lip balm at the moment. They have just the right amount of tint and keeps my lips moisturized . I am loving the shade Rendevous at the moment , a bright tangerine color

  • Posted by: missselin Master Fan // Thu, 14 March 2013 01:59pm

    I love these, so cute!

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Tue, 16 April 2013 05:10pm

    It was crayolla when I was little and clinique now that I’m older!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 21 April 2013 03:21pm

    these are amazing

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Wed, 29 May 2013 12:52pm

    I had a clinique until it ran out and switched to revlon

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Thu, 8 August 2013 01:05pm

    I have Revlon ‘just bitten’ and I love it! I want a chubby stick too!

  • Posted by: brookieliz Master Fan // Mon, 23 December 2013 01:18pm

    I was given a Clinique chubby stick as a gift and it is my go too lip colour at the moment. Crayons are so fantastic, easy to use with great builldable colour.

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