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OCC’s Cult Liquid Lipsticks

We all know that the beauty world is in love with liquid lipsticks; there seems to be a new version launching every season! However, there are classics for a reason and the Lip Tars by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics are the original liquid lipstick. We’re talking about what makes them special and sharing our favourite shades.

OCC Lip Tars: The Story

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics was started in 2004 by US makeup artist David Klasfeld. He wanted to create products that makeup artists would love and adore using for unique makeup looks, and this underpins all the products from the brand.

After 2 years of development, the Lip Tars launched in 2009 at The Makeup Show in Los Angeles and were an instant hit. Since then they have been raved about by industry experts, makeup artists and bloggers.

OCC Lip Tar Shades

The Lip Tars are packed with incredible pigments and botanical emolliants so they feel comfortable on the lips at the same time as giving incredible colour. They claim to be one of the most pigmented and long-wearing lip products on the market.

The Lip Tars use a blend of Castor Seed Oil, Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E to leave your lips soft and comfortable, and the rich pigments dry to a creamy matte finish that you can wear all day.

There is an incredible range of shades, that can all be mixed and blended for a custom finish. Along with the brand being 100% vegan and cruelty free, it is no surprise that they have become such a cult beauty product.

Tips for Applying your Lip Tars

Liquid Lipsticks can be a scary option if you’re usually more comfortable with applying your lipstick from a bullet. We asked the brand to share their tips on how to get the best finish.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Primer

  1. Prep the lips. All liquid lipsticks look best on hydrated lips. OCC recommend using their Lip Tar Primer. The blend of oils nourishes the lips so you just need to use a bead of primer and work it into the lips; just make sure it is fully absorbed and blot away any excess before applying your Lip Tar colour.
  2. Less is more. With the level of pigmentation, you really do not need to pile on these lip colours. If you do, then you may notice feathering and bleeding. One bead of colour on the doe applicator should be enough to blend out for opaque colour across the lips.
  3. Start from the inside out. For ultimate precision, apply your colour to the centre of the lips first and then smooth out to the corners and edges of the lips. The doe foot applicator is designed to give a perfect finish but you can also use a lip brush.
  4. Layer up for a custom finish. The Lip Tars can be mix and matched for a custom colour and you can also layer on top of the Cosmetic Colour Pencils to give richer finish.

Our Top 5 Lip Tar Shades

With 33 shades to choose from on site, we thought we’d share some of our favourites to give you some inspiration.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics OCC Lip Tar Shades

  1. Black Metal Dahlia OCC Lip Tar
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    The Dark Lip: Black Metal Dahlia

    Black Metal Dhalia is one of the bestselling shades and it is no surprise to us.

    OCC describe this as a ‘blackened red with red metallic pearl’; in other words, it is exactly the shade and finish you need for a dramatic dark lip this season.

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    A Classic Red: NSFW

    One of the original OCC Lip Tar shades, this is a true, classic red. Not too dark, not too bright, not too blue, not too pink. It is gorgeous.

    Flattering for pretty much every skin tone and with a long-lasting matte finish, NSFW is one of those shades that everyone should own.

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  3. Synth OCC Lip Tar
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    The Metallic Lip: Synth

    Metallic lips are a hot trend right now, largely thanks to Kylie Jenner, and we love that there are some amazingly wearable metallic shades in the OCC range.

    Synth is a proper rose gold that is incredibly flattering on the lips. Like a nude with a twist.

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    The Perfect Nude: Hush

    Everyone needs a ‘your lips but better’ shade and Hush is exactly that.

    It a dusky rose that is just pink enough and just deep enough to look like the perfect flattering nude. It dries down to a beautiful satin matte.

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  5. OCC Technopagan Lip Tar
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    The Bold Colour: Technopagan

    With their incredible pigmentation and opacity, liquid lipsticks really lend themselves to bold colours; one swipe is all you need.

    Although it is a little more ‘out there’ than we might usually go for, Technopagan is beautiful. It is a dark deep purple, shot through with a blue metallic; an incredible alternative to a classic dark lips.

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Make Up Specialist

Major fan of scented candles, Make Up brushes and Highlighter. I’m always on the hunt for those Holy Grail products and my dressing table is covered in more beauty products than I like to admit. As an adopted Northerner originally from Brighton, I spend most my days wondering what all this rain is about. My hair isn’t grateful for the move. Currently loving: NIOD Photography Fluid