Queenie: Flesh-tone Lips for Dark Winter
True Story was a high performing lipstick in the Dark Winter collection of the BLUEPRINTS cosmetics line (from the Shop on this website). Unfortunately, the colour has been discontinued and sold out.
As you can see from the image below, True Story and True Brit are very close. Your monitor may show the colours as quite different, or other than how they appear to you when you wear them. Still, as colour ranges in Seasons go, they’re close.
Cosmetic colours are d/c in any product line as pigments become unavailable or for other reasons. To choose replacements, I explore the many looks possible in any Season for all the ways that women want to wear makeup.
I’ve always been curious about flesh-tones, as in nude-neutral colours, for the Dark Seasons, which include Dark Autumn and Dark Winter. Their Autumn component implies that variations of brown as darkened complexion colour could look healthy in lip colour. Dark Autumn is easy to imagine with the higher Autumn contribution as spicy rust. For Dark Winter, I had never been able to settle on a colour, although I imagined that adding Winter red and blue would result in dark red coral, like purple rust.
Enter Queenie, in many ways the next level of Soft Summer’s Ruby Slippers (not shown), which in turn is a more sheer, brown-mauve version of Soft Summer Delicacy.
A couple of clients tried it for me. They said,
“I’m a little bit smitten.”
“I love the purple undertones. They go with the purples tones in my hair and eyes.”
We all want cosmetics to be perfect from the tube but those are less common. The great colours are often another layer away, to sheer, shine, gloss, warm, cool, lighten, soften, or whatever is needed.
I’m willing to give 10-15 minutes to applying makeup. The product is so wonderfully adherent that I smear it on without being too careful, staying within the edges of a long-wear lip-coloured liner applied first. Queenie is a touch darker, cooler, and more matte in its reflectivity than I prefer, all of which I adjust with a quick layer of Organika CoQ10 lip balm, here at well.ca.
Smack my lips a few times and the colour covers the lip area, lightens and softens just right, and has a slight sheen without being greasy. The balm is sticky enough to stay inside the lip line and last a long time. No lip liner needed, colour lasts the morning with only balm or gloss reapplications, and could easily qualify as a My Lips But Better (MLBB) contender. Might look blue-ish in morning light and warmer in sunlight, like everything else.
A colour perceptive client whose colouring is a trace brighter and darker than mine adjusts Queenie with an application of Yves St. Laurent 59, a light shimmering golden melon, and sometimes wears it mixed with True Brit, also from the Dark Winter collection.