October 18, 2010

musthave du jour: lipstick

Lipstick has become one of my favorite seasonal accessories—it’s an inexpensive way to instantly update your look. You’ve heard me express my love of red lips year-round, but right now nude and deep wine hues both feel perfectly fall.

With my fair skin, I wasn’t so sure I could pull off either color, so I went to Sephora last week to play around and get some expert advice. I told the salesperson what I was looking for and she assured me I could work both looks, it was just about finding the right shades. So I tried on lipstick until I was convinced I’d be permanently wine-stained. 

It turns out I’m a Nars fan because I fell for two colors in their new Pure Matte line, Tonkin (nude) and Volga (deep red), both shown above. The matte finish becomes a little dry but it stays in place without the fear of a lipstick-on-the-teeth catastrophe. At $25 a pop, I decided I only needed one. I bought the nude because it felt like a safer bet, though the salesgirls did an excellent job of convincing me that the dark color looked “striking” with my “porcelain” skin. 

While I love drugstore brands for glosses, I really recommend buying lipstick you can test out because it’s so hard to tell what something will look like once it’s on your lips. Here are some tips for wearing nude and a recent Style.com blog series  called “7 Days of Purple Lipstick”, just in case you still want to read more about this riveting topic!

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