With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, there’s no better time to get all romantic and wear the most classic color in the beauty world: red (obvi). From sheer cherry to true red to vampy oxblood, there’s a shade for everyone. Here, three sexy ways to wear it.
On your lips for day:
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Mightiest Maraschino ($16, clinique.com)
“After trying red after red, this one is now my favorite go-to red lipstick. The juicy cherry color—it’s the perfect combo of red and pink—pops against my ivory skin tone. The subtle shine makes it feel fresh and less severe than a matte lipstick. Plus, the hydrating formula keeps my lips feeling soft all day—very kissable!”
-Molly Ritterbeck, associate beauty editor
On your lips for night:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8hr Lip Gloss in Cherry Flash ($10, lorealparis.com)
“I usually stay away from red because it can be a little tricky to pull off, but this sheer gloss makes it so easy. It’s so long-lasting—perfect for long nights when re-applying is not always convenient. The vibrant color stays true and leaves my lips looking full and shiny.”
-Jessica Carter, beauty intern
On your nails:
Kevyn Aucoin The Nail Lacquer in Blood Roses ($26, Barney’s stores)
“I was never a huge fan of red nails until I swiped on this deep berry plum polish. It has a black base so it’s a little grungier than most red shades. I wear two coats of it on short, squoval nails and feel instantly chic.”
-Heather Muir, beauty director
I love a good nude lip so I was thrilled to discover Laura Mercier Stickgloss Lip Color ($22, lauramercier.com). It’s the perfect combo of a lipgloss and lipstick in one. My favorite shade is Brown Sugar: a subtle neutral color with a hint of pink shimmer. The formula glides on smoothly and the creamy texture hydrates my lips. I wear it every day—it complements any makeup look.
—Jessica Carter, beauty intern
They say if you stop looking for love, it’ll come when you least expect it. The adage holds true in beauty, too: We gave up on our long, unsuccessful quest for the perfect nude lipstick— and then a makeup artist painted Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Lipstick in 103 on our pout. It was love at first swipe. The medium-coverage, moisturizing bullet is the perfect balance between beige and rose: It’s not so neutral that we look washed out, yet it’s a far cry from bubblegum pink. The luxurious, creamy texture blends seamlessly into our natural lip color, so we don’t need a mirror to apply. And the sleek case has a fun magnetic closure, making us even more inclined to whip it out.
Tell us: What’s your perfect nude lip product?
—By Cody Marick, beauty intern
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We’re on an endless quest for the perfect pink lip color, and have finally found true love in Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in L.A. The medium-rose hue has just enough pigment and subtle gold flecks to enhance your lips’ natural shape and color, making them look pouty and lush. Shea butter makes the formula feel as hydrating as a lip balm, and ginger and peppermint extracts give it a refreshing bit of tingle. It complements any makeup look, requires zero effort, and brings us as close to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s pillowy pout as we’re ever going to get— all we’re really looking for in a lip product!
Tell us: Have you found the perfect pink lip color?
- BLUSH = EYE SHADOW Use an eye shadow brush to sweep blush over your eyelids for a pretty, monochromatic look.
- CONCEALER = EYE & LIP PRIMER Neutralize the ruddy pink tones of eyelids and lips with a light layer of your regular concealer: The colors you apply on top with appear truer and last longer.
- EYE SHADOW = HIGHLIGHTER Blend a light-colored neutral cream eye shadow (think champagne or gold), such as CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast in Beige Blaze, on the tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow, inner corners of the eyes and under the brows for a believable glow.
- LIP BALM OR LIPSTICK = CHEEK & EYE ENHANCER In a pinch, dab tinted lip balm or lipstick on cheeks and eyes—they can double as a cream blush and eye shadow. Use a clear balm to add a touch of healthy sheen.
Source: Pat McGrath, creative design director for Procter & Gamble Beauty
And my own creation: Layer lip balm, a rose, pinky-nude or mauve-hued eye shadow, and top with clear lip gloss for a custom-created lip color.
—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern
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Nude lipsticks usually fall into one of two categories: Too light and concealer-like, or so sheer that your own lip color shows through and the pigment disappears. We’ve found a happy medium in Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Dusty, a true nude balanced with just enough pink so lips look neutral but not chalky. The hue is opaque, yet still feels creamy and soft on lips. It’s perfect for when you want your eye makeup to stand out or are looking for an easy, natural look.
Tell us: What’s your go-to nude lip product?
Poppy King has made a name for herself as an expert in all things lipstick, thanks to her luxe lip product-only line, Lipstick Queen. Now, she’s bringing her pout expertise to the masses with a limited edition line of seven lipsticks for drugstore brand Boots, rolling out in Target stores next week for $10 each. Above, a sneak peek at the creamy, shimmer-free shades, which come wrapped in adorable polka dot boxes (our favorite: peachy pink Allure, second from left).
A few months back, we were lucky enough to choose, name, and get an exclusive advanced launch of a lipstick from Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural line of hydrating, sheer, easy-to-wear lip colors. First, the Beauty Department narrowed 50 shade options down to a single skin-brightening, looks-great-on-all red. Then, staffers brainstormed countless ideas for names and we conducted a vote to come up with the winner: FITNESS Red-y, Set, Go!, which reflects both the dynamic, active nature of the magazine and the vibrant, universally-flattering crimson hue. Check out the shade, right, and the full story on page 39 of our November/December issue, on newsstands today. Pucker up!
Order Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in #45 FITNESS Red-y, Set, Go! ($19) by calling 877-757-5175; look for the rest of the collection (50 shades total) in stores this spring.
Starting today through December 15, $1 from the sale of each Mary Kay Limited-Edition Beauty That Counts Creme Lipstick will support The Mary Kay Foundation, which grants funding to women’s shelters across the country (they’ve donated $25 million since 2000!). Choose from—or all—three shades (from left): Give Hope, a golden rust red; Give Dreams, a bright pink; and Give Joy, a creamy peach . An easy, pretty way to sweeten your smile—and help save lives.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of sitting down with Mad Men star Christina Hendricks in her Manhattan hotel suite to discuss everything from lipstick to that gorgeous pale skin (she’s absolutely stunning and so sweet in person!) to her workout regimen. Hendricks is supporting the Latisse Wishes Challenge, which allows consumers to donate a minimum of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which LATISSE then matches, working toward a goal of donating $500,000. Take a peek at our conversation: