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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.
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?
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
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
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.
While 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Image: Just Jarred
Berry hued lips. From winner Cate Blanchett to nominee Sandra Bullock and host Tina Fey, cranberry and raspberry lip colors reigned supreme on last night’s Golden Globe Awards red carpet. I’m personally a fan of bold lip colors because they instantly brighten up your face and make a statement without having to do much else. If you’re tired or have more than a few fine lines around your eyes, it’s also a great way to direct attention away from those things. A great trick for busy moms in their 30s and 40s (like the aforementioned starlets).
To recreate the trend, try using the lip colors makeup artist Jeanine Lobell swiped on Ms. Blanchett: Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in Scarlatto and Boudior. Lobell layered Boudior (a nude rose shade) on top of Scarlatto (a raspberry rose hue) to create Blanchett’s final Golden Globes look.