I Tried A New Lipstick Every Day for 30 Days — Here's What I Learned

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I’ve always loved the way lipstick looks, but if we're being real, I’ve also been the kind of girl who just straight up forgets to wear it. My usual beauty routine isn’t complete without filled brows and lots of mascara, but my lips are bare more often than not.

So when one of my friends suggested I try 30 days of lipstick challenge, I said, “why not?” The challenge is to wear a different shade of lipstick every day for 30 days. I figured that this would not only help me declutter, but also remind me to wear lipstick more often.

I’m sharing what I learned from 30 days of lipstick, from my personal habits to my favorite shades and everything in between.

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The rules

  1. Wear a different shade of lipstick every day without repeating. *Disclaimer: I did repeat one color, but that’s only because there were 31 days in December.
  2. Wear the lipstick for as much of the day as possible.
  3. Document.

What I learned

Moisturizing is key – I tend to stick to lipsticks that are more moisturizing. After wearing lipstick every day for 30 days, I really learned the importance of finding shades that aren’t drying. Also, Aquaphor every night is essential.

Lipstick can change your entire look – Wearing lipstick every day for a month really changed how I approached my outfits, especially at the end of the challenge. My last weekend, I was down to one red shade and one dark purple. I just couldn’t bring myself to put in the effort that the dark lip required on a lazy Saturday, so I ended up going with the red.

Planning makes a huge difference – In the beginning, I just wore whatever shade I fancied on that day. But about halfway through I realized I needed to be more strategic. I started thinking ahead and saving certain colors. For example, I had a really rich, dark red that I set aside for Christmas Eve.

And the lipsticks?

Best overall – Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – The colors are super vibrant and stay all day without drying your lips out. I’m so excited to wear these again.

Runner up – Victoria’s Secret Velvet Matte – These didn’t have the staying power that Stila did, but I really like the colors. Especially, Love. I’ll be wearing these again this month.

Most drying – Kylie Matte Lip Kit – I used this one in Posie K. While I loved the color, and there’s no doubt this color does NOT budge, I ended up with such dry lips.

I will definitely be wearing more lipstick in the future. In fact, the other day was my first day without lipstick since the challenge, and I felt like something was missing. I’m really excited to revisit some of my favorite shades now that the 30 days of lipstick is complete!

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