Saturday, April 20, 2013

Read My Lips and Beet It

In addition to my obsession with cosmetics and fragrance I'm also a bit of a foodie. My husband and I adore cooking and exploring the world through new recipes. Yesterday, while making a delicious beet and goat cheese hummus (recipe here) I found myself captivated by the rich purple/fuchsia hue of the beets. Baking the diced beet in the oven to soften the texture had the added benefit of producing a thick, hot pink beet juice that I impulsively spread all over my lips. The result? A unique and beautiful lip stain that left me wishing I had more in a tube to reapply as it wore away!

I immediately lamented to my mother-in-law that I didn't have a color in the "beet fuchsia" range, to which she responded that I should write a post. (Brilliant idea, Stacy, thank you!) After culling through my lip product drawer and experimenting a bit, I think I may finally have discovered a comparable hue that doesn't involve chopping and baking beets to achieve.


I happen to be madly in love with vibrant shades at the moment, so finding electric pinks and purples in my stash wasn't difficult. The challenge is getting the balance just so to achieve the hue of a beet: the roots are neither purple, red nor pink. Rather than purchasing yet another lip product I don't need (see, I am trying to be good), I settled upon several mix-and-match options that allowed me to custom create the color of beet not unlike blending paints.

(Left to right): Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss Tease, Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick Divine, MAC Lip Glass Revenge is Sweet, MAC Lipstick Media


Though many of my lipsticks and glosses were close, no individual shade I already own took the place of the vibrant hue so easily achieved by spreading beet juice across my lips. After some experimentation and blending, the combination I most liked was MAC's Media under the Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Tease (second from the right).

(Left to right): Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss Tease, Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick Divine, MAC Lip Glass Revenge is Sweet, MAC Lipstick Media, Smashbox Tease over MAC Media and MAC Revenge is Sweet over Cover Girl Divine


It is worth noting that many proponents of natural alternatives to store bought beauty products do use beets as a way to color the lips and stain the cheeks. My search for a lipstick was not motivated by a desire to avoid using beets, rather a search for a convenient "on-the-go" alternative (I cannot see myself whipping out a sliced beet in the office, for instance, to touch up my lips).

Have you ever encountered a color while cooking that inspired your cosmetic choices in the coming days? Which lip color do you find most closely resembles the unique beauty of a beet?