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Bold Lips Rule the 2015 SAG Awards Red Carpet

Best Bold Lips SAG Awards 2015Sunday night’s SAG Awards were all about bold lips (and ponytails, but that’s a story for another time). Paired with an otherwise fresh face or soft smoldering eye, these stunning lipstick shades are a surefire way to turn heads. Try one. I promise you’ll agree. Here are my five favorite bold lips of the night with scoop from these starlets’ makeup artists on the exact lip products used to create them.

Reese Witherspoon: Lips by makeup artist Molly R. Stern 

Stern used Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Cocoa as a base and brightened it up by applying Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Orchid Pink (launches March 2015) over top. For an “added punch,” she applied another hue: Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Vermillion Red (also out in March) to the center of her lips. She finished the look with Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Black Cherry to give Witherspoon’s lips “depth and sheen.”

Lupita Nyong’o: Lips by makeup artist Nick Barose

Barose coated Nyong’o’s lips with Lancome Le Crayon LipContour in Garnet followed by Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor in Caprice and Kiehl’s Scented Lip Balm #1 in Cranberry.

Laura Carmichael: Lips by makeup artist Lauren Andersen

Andersen applied Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Poppy Love to create Carmichael’s classic red pout.

Rosamund Pike: Lips by makeup artist Melanie Inglessis

Inglessis created Pike’s matte red lip with longevity in mind. “I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil #25C Orange Red to line the lips and filled in with CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Pétillante.”

Emma Stone: Lips by makeup artist Rachel Goodwin

Goodwin created Stone’s much talked about red lips using Revlon HD Ultra Lip Shine in Gladiolus. Looks like I have yet another Revlon HD lipstick shade to try. Still loving this one.

Which look was your fave?

Reader Q: “What Company Makes a Good Lip Stain?”

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Reader Question: “What company makes a good lip stain,” asked Kathy.

Answer: While it’s easy to find a countless number of lip glosses and lipsticks that suit your every need, lip stains (or great ones, anyway) are a bit harder to come by. I’m personally not a huge fan of most stains. They can be drying to the point where your lips get flaky, which causes the stain to cling on to those dry skin flecks and results in an uneven finish. Ick. They’re also limited in their shade range, and often their intensity can be more than you bargain for. That all being said, they are the still the best way to coat your lips with seriously long-lasting color. Here are my current favorites, all of which are affordable and easy to pick up at your local Target or drugstore …

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain — I have multiple shades of this balmy stain. It goes on feeling like a chapstick, but leaves your lips tinted long after the glossy feel fades. And with 10 shades to choose from, you’re sure to find one you like.

Pixie Lip Blush — Of all of the marker-style stains I’ve tried, this is the least drying. I still prefer to top it with a clear chapstick, but it’s not essential, especially if your lips aren’t already parched.

Wet n Wild Mega Slicks Lip Balm Stain — Like the Revlon version, this balm stain goes on like a moisturizing lipstick, but stays on like a tint long after the top layer wears off. The difference? This stain lasts a bit longer, and when you initially apply it, it gives you a bit of a cooling effect. One thing to be aware of: the initial color fades into one that’s slightly different. Not in a bad way, but just something to prepare yourself for.

The Revlon Lipstick We’re Obsessed With (And Happens to Look Great on Everyone)

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Carrie (my blogging partner and BFF) and I got to spend a little more than an hour together last week, which was better than nothing, but far from the amount of time we really needed to catch up. The first thing I noticed whe

n I saw her smiling face? Her vibrant red lipstick. Her and her sister Courtney were both wearing the same hue. I had to have it.

Apparently, Carrie had the same reaction when she first caught sight of the lip color, too. A stunning woman at her gym was wearing the shade while doing Pilates. Yes, she was exercising whilst wearing red lips. Pretty fabulous, eh?


My ModCloth Holiday Ensemble Challenge

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My friends at ModCloth challenged me to create a fab holiday ensemble around one of their classic and uber cozy holiday sweaters. I accepted, and here’s the result.

The Look: Lumberjack chic

The Occasion: My cousin’s dressed-down holiday soiree on the 28th.

Why: There’s nothing I love more than a cozy sweater. Mostly because I’m freezing all the time. My office mates and husband can attest to that. But, I also don’t want to look like a total frump in a sweater either. That’s why I’d pair this red and white festive pullover with distressed skinny jeans (the Fame of the Game Jeans), a great oversized beanie (like the You Know the Chill Hat in Pine) and a casual leather bag (the X Marks the Spot Bag) that’ll hold my essentials along with my toddler’s must-haves. I’d finish off the look with a pair of boots (the Quilt On Dreams Boot) that are equally as comfy as the sweater and ones that’ll hold up in any weather. Finally, I’d be remiss not to complement the look with a few key beauty finds, and when the party theme calls for lumberjack chic, a lip balm — the All Smiles Lip Balm Set (one that would make any lumberjack smile), tinted moisturizer, blush and tinted brow gel are about all I’d need. What do think? Would you wear this?

— Kristen Oldham Giordani

Lipstick Alert: This Tube Will Change Your Life

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I’ve been loving bold matte red and pink lipsticks, and I have a secret weapon for keeping them looking banging: Fran Wilson MoodMatcher lipstick, $3. This green-in-the-tube, magenta-on-my-lips lipstick stains the hell out of my pout. And it lasts. All. Day. Long. It’s the ultimate base for any lipstick. The best thing about this color, as it appears on my lips, is it’s just between pink and red so you can go either way and it doesn’t change the quality of lipstick you apply.  During the day I wear it solo to feel put together in the dreary winter weather. When I go out, I top it with my favorite shade-of-the moment, Troi Ollivierre Lipstick in Parker, $28. Do you have a favorite stain you love?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

The Hottest Shades for Fall

In sunny SoCal, the changing of seasons (or lack thereof) doesn’t mean we have to stash our sunglasses. We should, however, think about swapping the ones we’ve been wearing all summer for a pair of shades that are a little more fall wardrobe-friendly.

Same goes for our lipstick shades. It’s time to retire the poppy bright oranges and pinks for the fabulous hues we saw all over the runways — berries, reds, nudes and sepia tones.

Here I’ve paired up the newest sunnies from Warby Parker (what did we do before Warby Parker, BTW?!) with the trendy fall lipsticks that perfectly complement them. Which lipstick/sunglass paring will you choose? My fave is definitely the rose-hued sunglasses paired with sepia-toned lips.

Tom Ford Lip Color in Negligee, $50 & Warby Parker Teddy in Petal Tortoisewarby parker shades & tom ford lipstick

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Julie, $32 & Warby Parker Goodney in Revolver Black

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By Terry Hyaluranic Sheer Rouge in Be Red, $32 & Warby Parker Quentin in Whisky Tortoise

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Orange is the New … Orange.

Taylor Schilling Variety Women in Film Pre-Emmy PartyWhile I should be posting about last night’s VMA awards, my friend and insanely talented makeup artist Tina Turnbow used a lip color on Saturday that I couldn’t not talk about. Actress Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) attended the Variety, Women in Film Pre-Emmy Party and Turnbow helped her pair her all black shorts tuxedo ensemble and super casual hair with a pop of orange lip color — it was Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, $17. Love. Can’t wait to see what she does for Emmys night. 

Oscars 2014: Best Makeup Statements

While most actresses played it safe when it came to hair and makeup at last night’s Academy Awards, a couple, and only a couple of them went for it and tried statement-making looks — Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington. They also both happen to be pregnant, so they get double kudos from me for not playing it safe and going for makeup looks we’ll be talking about around the water cooler (or coffee maker) today.

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Kerry Washington went for on-trend vampy lips. The hue was stunning on her skin tone and looked modern and fresh — not the same ‘ol red lip we’ve been seeing for the past couple of years. Get a similar lip look with Chanel Rouge Allure in Envoutante, $35.

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Olivia Wilde went for dramatic, retro lined eyes. A perfect complement to her black and white ensemble. Recreate the look with my sister Sam’s new favorite liquid liner: Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, $19

Images: Kerry Washington, Huffington Post; Olivia Wilde, Just Jared

Giveaway Alert: Get Smoochable Lips and Chocolates Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

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Not sure about you, but I’m kinda obsessed with the Vaseline Lip Therapy products that come in the teeny classic Vaseline jars. Like kiddo Converse, some things are just cuter the tinier they are. And, just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m giving away one box of MarieBelle chocolates (if you haven’t had them, they are totally chic and delicious) and a jar of the adorable Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, $2.29. Comment on this post by Friday, February, Feb. 7th at midnight for a chance to win. U.S. only.

If you’re not lucky enough to win my giveaway, you can also enter for another chance to win on Vaseline’s Facebook page by Feb. 12, 2014 at 3:00pm.

Claire Danes Wears the It Lipcolor of the Season


With award season in full swing, there are so many makeup hits (and yes, misses) to talk about. Claire Danes has been wearing many of the hits — in my opinion. She went for sultry smoky eyes at the SAG Awards and an of-the-moment orangey lip for the 2014 Producers Guild Awards. Orange lipstick is definitely one of the looks to try right now thanks to the fact that it was seen all over the Spring 2014 runways. And while Danes isn’t the only celeb to wear the trend on the red carpet, her look was one of the best thanks to makeup artist Matin Maulawizada. I know I sound like a broken record, but I also worked (and had doggy playdates) with him back in my magazine editing days. Here are the Dior Beauty products he used to create the look:


Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin, $110

Dior Capture Totale Triple-Correcting Serum Foundation in #020, $82

Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer, $42

Diorblush Trianon Edition in Corail Bagatelle, $43


Diorshow Black Out Mascara, $25

Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, $28.50

Diorshow Art Pen Intense Professional Felt-Tip Eyeliner in Catwalk Black, $30

Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette Trianon Edition in Pastel Fontanges, $61


Rouge Dior Lipstick in Rendez-Vous, $34

Image: Just Jarred