I’m flying solo on today’s “Tip From a Makeup Artist” —Â this tip has not actually been makeup-artist approved (I came up with this one myself).
Time and again I’ve noticed that lipstick testers are unscented, or have a much fainter scent than the product for sale. I realized this happens because testers are almost always displayed uncapped, and the smell dissipates.
Well I decided to use this observation to my advantage, and try de-scenting a lipstick of my own. It turns out it doesn’t take too long to get rid of the scent — a day, maybe two. You don’t even have to twist the lipstick up; just leave the cap off.
I wondered whether “de-scenting” would have any adverse effect on my lipstick —Â all cream cosmetics will eventually dry out if left open for long enough. But I concluded that a day wouldn’t hurt it too much (think how long testers sit open), and in some cases it’s worth it to have a fragrance-free lipstick.
So if you have a formula and color you love, in a fragrance you don’t — Guerlain, Estee Lauder, and Yves Saint Laurent seem like likely candidates — you may want to give de-scenting a try.