Plum-Toned Taupe Lips Are Awkwardly Pretty

You know how you always see those random lipstick colors that look striking in their packaging but you’d never even think of trying?

That’s how I felt about this OCC shade called Sebastian. I saw it in Urban Outfitters and tipsily bought it, because two champagne flutes and a random spring day in New York City.

OCC Lip Tar in Sebastian

It’s actually an awkward color on my complexion, but that’s kind of what I like about it. A mixture of plum, taupe and grey, I figured it’d be easiest to make this color look decent by adding a sparkly rich burgundy to my eyes. Randomly, I dabbed orange blush on the apples of my cheeks, just for fun, and it worked.

This is what I do in my spare time, don’t judge me.


If you like this look, below are my steps to help you achieve it, too.

First, I applied my favorite primer: Make Up For Ever High Definition (seems to be discontinued).

Then, in a triangular shape under my eyes, I applied the NARS Creamy Concealer (with the tip of the arrow touching the tip of my cheekbones). I baked my concealer for about 10 minutes.

 While my concealer was baking, I applied the NYX Eye Shadow Base in Skin Tone to my eyes to hold my shadow and glitter in place.

From there, I applied a red cream shadow (Metallishadow Crème and Powder by The Estee Edit) and added the glitter sparingly, which added the Rose Gold effect.

OCC Lip Tar in Sebastian


Afterward, I applied two coats of Better Than Sex mascara on top of Lancôme’s CILS Booster XL Primer.

Then, I applied my foundation: Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free in N110 and blended the hell out of my concealer and my foundation for a flawless finish.

Finally, I brushed MAC’s Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting powder on my nose, temple and chin to keep my oily skin under control.