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Midi Lip

I have 5 older sibling and 3 younger.

I wasn’t even given the dignity of the title “Middle Child” more like “Somewhere-to-the-side-of-the-middle child.”
There’s no glory in that. You’re neither big nor little. You’re not afforded the perks of being first or those of being last.
Your mom calls you Heid-Rache-Cara. You babysit, wear hand-me-downs and share a room.

In-between-ers get the shaft.

Which is why I bring this up.

Everyone is always talking about bold lips and nude lips but what about midi lips?
It’s the most underrated lip of all.
It’s not quite as loud as your typical bold and not quite as bare as your nudies. Chocolate vanilla swirl, if you will.

In a world that is split between bold lip lovers and nude lip devotees. I say we all just agree on something.
Let’s heal the our differences and meet in the middle,who knows, it just might be your gateway into a whole new way of lipsticking.

Not too bold, not too bare.

(from left to right)
NYX Matte Lipstick in Pale Pink
MAC in St. Germain
Maybelline Color Whisper in Petal Rebel
MAC in Pink Nouveau
Maybelline Color Whisper in OH LA LILAC

Lipstick Love.

(I’m wearing Pink Nouveau in this shot)
{Sun glasses HERE | Love Heart Coin Charm Necklace HERE |Love Charm Necklace HERE}

P.S. Don’t forget to vote if you get the chance!

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    April 25, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Hi can you tell me what sunglasses you have on you look amazing as always!

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      April 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      theres a link under the photo

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    April 25, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I’m definitely a midi lip kind of girl! Loving the purplish pink lips this spring!

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    Maddy Cane
    April 25, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Beautiful colours and perfect for everyday! I get that with being called the different names too! xxx

    Maddy from

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    April 25, 2013 at 6:28 am

    i cant vote from canada:( boo

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    April 25, 2013 at 6:29 am

    yayyy I’m so glad you brought this up! I’m always midi-lipsticking! it’s so easy to pull off every day and nude lips usually just wash me out a bit too much, although it can be nice sometimes when I’m a bit more tan

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    April 25, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I love voting each day for you – I feel like it makes a little payback for the wonderfulness of your blog. I wish I had a larger beauty budget, but it’s helped me just feel comfortable with the basics of makeup – and knowing where to direct my splurges! 🙂 Thanks for all your work!!

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    Danielle of WI
    April 25, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I’m already wearing a mid lip color today! Fergie lipstick from Walgreens called Fergie Daily, I cant believe the quality for a drugstore lipstick! It keeps my lips moisturized all day WITHOUT getting clumpy AT ALL! Have you tried this, Cara?

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    April 25, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Hi Cara! Love the pretty pinks! I also love the “love” necklace you are wearing on this picture, can you share where you go it? I love it is tiny! 🙂

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    Danielle of WI
    April 25, 2013 at 7:06 am

    PS) It’s Fergie’s Wet N Wild Lipstick (in Fergie Daily color)

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    Danielle of WI
    April 25, 2013 at 7:11 am

    PSS) OH…AND I’ve been voting EVERY weekday for you! You must be SO excited!

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    Liza Lu
    April 25, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Another wonderful post!

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    April 25, 2013 at 7:12 am

    thank you so very muvh for this post! Any suggestions for people with super think lips. I have a hard time even wearing lip color becauase I don’t have a lot to work with!

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      Elizabeth Frank (@d1xbeth)
      April 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      I have really thin lips too :-\ I usually stay away from dark or bold colors, I mostly wear nudes, peaches, corals and pinks. Sometimes I just barely overdraw my top lip, I can kind of get away with it because it’s so small to begin with and I do it subtly

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        May 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

        the words slightly overdraw upper lip makes me cringe a little! You’re awesome for knowin how to do that! The couple times I’ve tried It looks off somehow.

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    April 25, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Hi Cara! You always seem to get such strong, true color out of your lip products. Do you put any sort of primer or concealer on your lips to get that effect? Thanks!

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    April 25, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I’ve been voting – I loved your Revlon video. I’m going to Europe this summer and I’m definitely using your ideas of multitasking products. I won’t need to pack as much!

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    April 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Midi lip color is my fave! Never been crazy about the nude lip. Btw, I am OBSESSED with your blog Cara, it has totally changed my beauty routine. I feel so much more confident now! Thank you! 🙂

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    April 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Great post, once again! I voted too! Thanks!

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    Laura McDermott
    April 25, 2013 at 10:08 am

    oh love this post!! I’m just getting into the midi lip I love it specially when taking pictures 🙂 P.S I love your necklaces where are they from?? P.P.S. I know now why the voting was cut off on Fridays, rules are we have to vote by 11:59 A.M ET Friday (also to to be eligible for that week’s prize)

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    Erin A.
    April 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Like Allison said above, I’m curious if you put something on underneath your lipstick to neutralize your own lip color? I am wearing the Petal Rebel today, but it seems much brighter on me than it did in the picture you posted recently.

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    A Modern Commonplace Book
    April 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I love a midi lip! I wear something like that almost everyday – maybe I am not bold enough 🙂


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    April 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Congrats on being the top blogger last week – I’ve been voting this week too of course! Thanks for all of your tips and tutorials! You have totally changed my face 😛

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    April 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I feel like st germain is a bold lip but such a great post! 🙂 I check your blog every day youre such an inspiration <3

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    April 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Love this post! You somehow read my mind because I am not a bold or nude lip kind of girl and I’ve been on the hunt this week in fact to find the right color of pink lipstick. Thank you so much. Love, love, love your blog!

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    Gretchen joy
    April 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Haha I am one of 9 as well and I completely appreciate this! I am the third oldest, though, so my parents sorted us into brackets. “Big girls” (try not having a complex about that!) little girls and boys. So funny!

    Do you have any recommendations on lip stains? I can’t wear just regular lipstick, or I haven’t had luck. I love Chapstick so I always feel like lipstick isn’t enough moisture. I have found that lip stains are a good solution. All of the ones I’ve tried dry up really quickly though. Any suggestions?

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      April 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Gretchen, have you tried the Maybelline Color Whisper line? I found out about them from Cara and now have FOUR! I’ve gotten several girlfriends into them too. I was a lip balm only kinda girl because everything else dries out my lips but the Color Whispers are SUPER moisturizing. They don’t last forever but most of the colors are so sheer you can reapply whenever without a mirror. I basically treat them as lip balms and love love love them! Super affordable too, give them a try. 🙂

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    April 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Been voting every day and I just shared your Revlon video on Pinterest. It is pure brilliance! You have to win this week’s challenge too, you just have to! It’s the best entry, again!

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    April 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    What the bananas is going on? I had no problem voting for you last week, but this week…there is no voting button on you or several of the other contestants. What is going on?

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    Kat S.
    April 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I love how you introduced your blog! It was personal but interesting and heartfelt. Love the colors of the lipsticks! 🙂

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    Brittany @ Brittany's Joy Blog
    April 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I’m a “wear whatever I feel like” kinda lipstick girl; Darks, brights, nudes, neon….. All’s fair game if it lasts longer than an hour on. Love some of the picks you gave, so pretty!

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    April 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

    What is you go to lip liner so you lip stick doesn’t bleed?
    Thanks !!

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    April 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Sort of random but you look just like the new real house wife of Orange County… That show on bravo. Could it be a sister? Or a twin you never knew about 🙂 I enjoy your blog!

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    Cassie Wilkes
    November 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I have four older sisters and two young, I am so that in betweener too. Everything you said was so true! I love these colors, I am to timid for a bold lip.

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