OCC Lip Tar is one of my favorite products EVER. It wears for hours, you only need a tiny bit to get full coverage, it's comfortable on the lips, and best of all- you can easily mix your own custom colors. My only problem is, I forget which combinations I made and liked, and I find myself staring at a bag full of lip tars like a doofus, just overwhelmed and confused without time to sit and mix a bunch to figure out which combination I want.
As you have probably figured out by now, I am an overly-organized geeky weirdo and so I decided I would take pictures of all my combinations so I have a reference...and then I realized that was obviously something that needed to be shared on my blog! I mean I can't be the only one who has this problem right?
So what I have done is broken it down into five categories Nudes, Bright Pinks, Red- Pinks, Reds, and Blackened colors.
From those five categories, I swatched my favorite four for you, and from each of those four I chose my favorite and did a lip swatch of that...whew.
Confused? Me too, I've out-geeked myself. I'll just show you the photos, they speak for themselves.
Oh and FYI the combinations I made are pretty much equal parts of each color, but you can adjust the amount however your little heart desires, and in that case these photos will help give you an idea of how the color combinations interact when you mix them.
My Favorite Nude: Kava Kava + Ophelia
Why is this my favorite nude combination? Simply because I find it most flattering on my coloring, if were being honest here. I am very fair and have dark hair and eyes so most nudes make me look like I recently washed up on the side of a river. This one is nicer on me because it has a touch of pink from Ophelia and a bit of warm carmel tone from the Kava Kava.
The other three are really nice too, it's just a matter of what type of nude you prefer!
SIDE NOTE: OCC Lip Tars make great nudes for girls who have very pink pigmented lips and find that nudes never look like nudes on them. The extreme pigmentation really blanks out any natural lip color!
My Favorite Pink: Ophelia + Queen
All of these were so nice it was really hard to choose a favorite, but Ophelia + Queen makes a really wearable version of a coral pink, which I love for spring and summer.
Favorite Red-Pink: Pretty Boy + NSFW
Again I love all of these, but c'mon look at how nice this combination is! It is so versatile too, I feel like it can work in any season. It reminds me of delicious raspberry jam...ok now i'm hungry.
Favorite Red: NSFW + Starling
I'm a sucker for most reds, but the combo of NSFW and Starling has a special place in my heart. It is dark without being vampy, and it also has a sophisticated vintage feel to it. It makes me feel like Judy Garland... except I still can't sing.
Favorite Blackened Color: Tarred + NSFW
OK this is the only batch where the mix isn't really 50-50. Tarred is a strong, highly pigmented black so it kinda takes over if you aren't careful. I would say these are more like 70-30 (70% other color, 30% Tarred)
It's funny what colors do when you add black to them, it brings out tones in them that you didn't even know were there. Tarred + NSFW won as my favorite because its so deep and rich, but I also really like the other combinations as well.
If you want to experiment you can find OCC Lip Tars here :
I plan on picking up a few new colors (including the new "metallurgy" collection which has a fun metallic finish) at IMATS so I may do a second installment of this after I get my hands on those, let me know in the comments if you would like to see that, and if there are any combinations you want to see in particular!