For my birthday last week, the lovely Tamara was kind enough to book me an appointment at the amazing Bite Beauty Lip Lab in New York, where I was able to create my very own unique lipstick shade.
My lip consultation, if you will, started off with me deciding what sort of lipstick finish I wanted – sheer, matte or lustrous creme. As I’m sure you all know by now, matte lip finishes are not my forte, and I wanted something with a bit more pow than a sheer formula, so I opted for the latter of the three options, the lustrous creme.
With that first, seemingly quite simple, task out of the way however, it was on to the good – and the practically impossible – challenge of choosing the ideal shade so that my lovely Lip Lab technician could start mixing up some options. Now, my advice to anyone who is heading in for an appointment of their own – and do, please, if you are in the area, it’s so so fun – is to have an idea in your mind of what sort of shade you might like, before you go in.
Why do I say that you ask? Because there is so. much. variety. in that shop. Almost too much, if that could ever be a thing when it came to beauty. So it’s good to have at least a vague thought about whether you’d like a red or a berry, a nude or a pink and so on.
I personally opted for a darker, berry-toned red because I feel like those are the sorts of shades that suit me the best.
So, on with the mixing. Essentially what this involves is taking a tiny portion of a variety of different product shades – all of which are laid out in pots – and mixing them together, before you try the end result out on your lips. Then, it’s up to you to make any changes, whether you want to make it darker, lighter, more blue-toned and so on.
For me, it was a case of third time lucky, in true Goldilocks style; I found the first option too pale, the second to pink, but the third? The third was just perfect.
But that’s not where the decision making ends my friends, oh no. Then it’s on to the fragrance, which you can choose from a variety of different natural scents that they have available for you to sniff test. Personally, I wanted something light and fresh, so I opted for mint – but was very nearly swayed by the mango, I have to admit!
Last, but not least, the packaging. Bite Beauty offers four different styles of lipstick casing, each with a slightly different shape, giving you the chance to customise your lippy design right down to the final detail.
Then, the final colour is mixed up in a larger vat, microwaved in order to ensure all of the ingredients and shades are mixed together properly, and then that mixture is poured into a mould and frozen, ready to be put into the casing. In truth, it all looked like a cross between a cooking class and a chemistry lesson by this point, but was still very interesting to watch.
And that’s it! You’re done – and with a personalised, one-of-a-kind lipstick to boot. Who can ask for a better birthday present than that, huh?