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Favorite Find Friday: The Beauty Department’s V-Day Makeup Picks

Written on February 8, 2013 at 10:42 am , by

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

FITNESS’ Make Up For Ever Lipstick Shade!

Written on October 25, 2011 at 9:31 am , by

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.

Favorite Find Friday: DuWop Private Red Lipstick

Written on February 11, 2011 at 11:33 am , by

Whether we’re single or attached, we love sporting a bold red lip for Valentine’s Day—the look is classic yet eye-catching and a departure from our normal neutral palette. Our rouge of choice? DuWop Private Red Lipstick, a universally flattering red with the perfect mix of warm and cool tones. We swipe it on lips, then blend with our fingers for a more diffuse finish. Additional proof of its greatness: A fellow beauty editor inquired about what lipstick we were wearing when we wore it last weekend. It also smells faintly sweet and feels soft on lips. Will you wear red lips for Valentine’s Day—or are they part of your regular routine?


L’Oréal’s Newest Face: Gwen Stefani!

Written on January 18, 2011 at 7:37 am , by

We’ve loved Gwen Stefani since we were teenagers: She’s always nailed the balance between being sporty and strong yet still beautiful and feminine. Apparently beauty behemoth L’Oréal Paris agrees, as they’ve just named her their newest spokeswoman. Appropriately—thanks to her trademark rouge lips—she’s appearing in ads for the brand’s upcoming Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolour (which you may have caught during Sunday’s Golden Globes). Congratulations to Gwen!