Makeup as Skin Care

Guerlain Rouge G lipstick
Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks (which tout hyaluronic acid and mango butter for hydration)

When someone mentions a must-do about beauty and skincare, I immediately roll my eyes. Yes, it’s a wonder these eyes haven’t popped out due to so much eye-rolling. But Renees’s list of 5 Skin Care Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes* did not result in such eye movements. I’ve been reading Renee’s tips for many years now. She’s an esthetician to the stars (well, I only mention it because performing artists need to look their best at all times), with non-nonsense and rational approach to skin care and to basic biology, and this list is a classic Renee.

You can read the list of 5 mistakes you probably make (none of which I make, ha!) but want to draw on the most interesting point she makes, and that is makeup as skin care. This is somewhat my approach to makeup to0, nowadays, especially as technology evolved and enabled active ingredients to stay stable. In the article, Renee mentions foundation as skincare, and I find that is true, especially with the higher-end makeup line. Another are lip products, touting hydration, sunscreen and even wrinkle-fighting.

Ironically, people are now flocking to ‘natural’ products, and they’re missing out on these technological advances in makeup (and skincare) products. Not to mention that most people think ‘natural’ is non-chemical (honey, they’re ALL chemicals; it’s a matter of being organic or synthetic, and further mistake is in thinking that organic is safer  – well, not if you ask these regulators). Of course, knowing which is which, and what ingredients benefit you according to your needs, will need you to know about … ingredients! No surprises there.

*Information courtesy of www.ReneeRouleau.com, a website with skin care tips, products based on nine skin types and advice from skin care expert and celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau.”

Refilling the Guerlain Rouge G Lipsticks

Guerlain Rouge G lipstick  in Rouge Sensuer (No 24 in black case) and Gemma (No 64 in silver case)
Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in Rouge Sensuel (No 24 in black case) and Gemma (No 64 in silver case)

I have four of these exorbitantly expensive Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks. [Don’t judge! They were bought on sale, mkay?]. I’ll do a separate blog post on them eventually, but this article is on the possibility of refilling them.

There have been rumors for many years that Guerlain will be making refills for these Rouge G lipsticks, which they should since the case is too luxe to not be re-used. So I thought to myself that by design, these lipsticks should be easy to replace. I fiddled a little on one, and off came a tube. It is then easily inserted back in. I tried swapping the tubes amongst my Rouge Gs and they are interchangeable. As always, click on the pictures to enlarge.

Guerlain Rouge G lipstick
Guerlain Rouge G lipstick
Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks with tubes off
Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks with tubes off

Inner tube of the Guerlain Rouge G lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G lipstick with interchanged tubes
Guerlain Rouge G lipstick with interchanged tubes

So bottom line, technically you can replace them, though I haven’t tried it yet with the Guerlain Rouge G refills and testers being sold on Ebay and elsewhere. If you’ve tried it, let me know how that worked for you.

Guerlain Rouge G lipstick with replaced tubes
Guerlain Rouge G lipstick with replaced tubes