making > custom lipsticks at bite lip lab

[This post has been in my drafts for ALMOST A YEAR. What is wrong with me?? Fellow lipstick lovers, my sincere apologies.]

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I found out about the Bite Lip Lab right after my last trip to NYC and did a major face palm that I had never visited. This time I was determined to get my fix. So determined that I made my appt two seconds after I found out I was going to be in NYC. [Future visitors – you need an appt if you want some lipstick action!]

Best. Time. Ever.

The ladies that work here are so nice! Make up is always this semi-daunting thing because the folks working the counter look flawless and here you come with your regular-shmo self asking for some help to get pretty. That is not a problem here. Approachable-ness all around.

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the color samples the make up artist will use to come up with your custom color

I opted for 2 lipsticks (that’s the most they let you make in one appt) and each cost $34 [edit: the prices have gone up since I first drafted this post, contact the BLL for up to date prices]  although you can ask for some crazy fancy long lasting finish that jacks up the price even more. You also customize the case and scent.

Lipstick #1: “I want a true red that works well with my skin tone but also makes my teeth look whiter. Also, I love matte.”

This was followed with:

“More matte I think.”

“It seems oddly sheer now”

[Start over and tries a different base.]

“A little bit darker and a little more matte.”

“YAY. Love it.”

Lipstick #2: “Something subtle and good for everyday. Not nude though and not berry because I have a lot of those. I want it to look like I did my face but I don’t want to be IN their face. Does that make sense? And matte again because I’m really into matte right now.”

Follow up:

“Oy. It’s the same color as my skin! Washes me out too much.”

[mix mix mix mix mix mix]

“Love it!”

I picked cherry scent for the red which I’ll henceforth call “RBF” and mango citrus for the other which I’ve dubbed “Side Eye”.

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here are the colors and scents that they’ll mix to make your lipstick

The whole thing took about an hour. I popped over to Starbucks to grab tea and a muffin while they finished things up for me. Then I skipped back to my hotel and locked myself in my room to work until the sun went down.

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success!

A year later and I still reach for Side Eye at least once a week. RBF doesn’t get as much action (maybe once every 2 months?) because it’s competing with the rest of my bold lip collection… 

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side eye and rbf

Bite Lip Lab: 174 Prince Street, New York City, NY 10012 (South Village)

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