When I wrote about the lipsticks I wouldn’t wear in public, I featured my two ‘modifier’ lipsticks, aka the lipsticks I use to modify the tone or shade of my other lipsticks.
To be honest, I think it’s more efficient to just use the exact shade you want…but when you buy lipsticks blind like I do, you’re bound to own a few colors that won’t sit right with your skin tone.
To make the most out of my bad decisions, I marry the lipsticks I can’t wear on their own and pray to the universe that I end up with a color I like.
Note: Not all of my favorite lipstick combos are a mix of 2 bad lipstick purchases. Some of these Franken lipstick attempts were a result of trying not to buy more stuff—emphasis on ‘trying’.
Combo #1 | Bright Red Lipstick + Inglot 422
I don’t strongly dislike bright red lipsticks. I just think deeper wine reds suit me more. I only have one bright red at the moment–MAC Ruby Woo. There’s barely any of it left so I used Sleek Russian Roulette (not-so-bright blue-toned red) for the demo swatch.
An even mix of bright red and Inglot 422 results in a muted medium berry color. Depending on my mood for the day, I switch up the composition to make it either more berry or more red.
Combo # 2 | MAC Heroine + Inglot 422
I recently bought, then shortly let go of MAC Men Love Mystery (MLM), a cool-toned medium pink-toned lavender. Several days after that, I experienced ‘destashing remorse’, but instead of repurchasing MLM, I had the brightest idea of checking which two of my purples would make a color similar to MLM.
Combo # 3 | MAC Quick Sizzle + Inglot 422
I currently do not own my all-time favorite pink lipstick: MAC Flat Out Fabulous (FOF), a plum-toned pink/ orchid. Same as Combo # 2’s case, I didn’t want to repurchase FOF. When I feel like wearing a plum-toned pink, I bust out Quick Sizzle and mix a little bit of Inglot 422. The result is satisfying enough that I don’t feel the need to get FOF.
Combo # 4 | Coral Lipstick + Inglot 422
I used to ‘correct’ coral-toned lipsticks with Inglot 422 to mauve-ify them. The resulting color is a soft, blue-toned pink shade. Same with red lipsticks, I believe there’s a coral for everyone. I was lucky enough to find my coral, so I don’t do this as much anymore.
Combo # 5 | Bright Pink Lipstick + Happy Skin Too Cool
I first tried this when I was in a soft pink lipstick phase. I didn’t want to use up OFRA Laguna Beach, so I alternated with the bright pink + happy skin too cool combo. The brightest pink I have right now is Quick Sizzle. To be clear, I’m not muting down the latter because I find it too bright, but I don’t own an in-your-face bright pink right now to demonstrate how you can still it work by layering with a nude lipstick.