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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

3 Daredevil Lip Colors!

By: Betsey McLain

We've seen just about every lipstick and lip-gloss shade out there—from the coolest classic to the garishly goth—and, yep, we've tried them all. But this month, a bold new crew of lip colors arrive, offering saucy shades that at first glance could seem too intense to pull off. Trust us though, when you try them on, they turn magically wearable (okay, sort of!). Remember, your fall look includes your lips, so why not give one of these three wild new shades a whirl?

1. Make Up Forever Rouge Artist in #17
Part of Make Up Forever’s new line of long-wearing lipsticks, Rouge Artist Intense, the rich, golden #17 looks like it’s ready for Mardi Gras, but it goes on almost sheer, offering buildable color for more intense looks. On it’s own, #17 imparts a golden shimmer worth a double-take; layered over pink it turns a sexy rose gold; and applied over darker colors it gives a grunge-y shimmer (think Doo.Ri’s fall '10 show).
The Tip: “#17 is actually really pretty and not as crazy as you would think,” says Make Up Forever’s Education Manager, Erin McCarthy. “It’s great for women whose lips are naturally darker or have more pigmented skin because it softens the tone a bit and gives a subtle shimmer. Overall, if you’re going to try a different kind of lip color, you want to keep the rest of your make up lighter so, you’re just focusing on one feature.”
The Tool: Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #17, $18, available at

2. Smashbox O-Gloss Noir
Think of Smashbox’s new O-Gloss Noir as your own bespoke lip-gloss. Although it comes out of the tube black, the gloss contains a formula that reacts to your skin’s unique chemistry, transforming into a gorgeous deep berry color that is all your own. Clearly, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
The Tip: “Since it's a rich sheer berry, the tone is perfect for someone wanting to try a shade that is on trend and modern but not overly gothic,” says Smashbox’s lead makeup artist, Lori Taylor. “Paired with a simple eye, maybe a wash of light and shimmery champagne or oyster eye shadow, and our liquid liner pen in black, it’s a modern twist where the lips are the focus.”
The Tool: Smashbox O-Gloss Noir, $22, available at

3. MAC Lipglass in Jealous and Best of Breed
MAC discovers their cat fancy and goes on the prowl with their Fabulous Felines collection. Proving that lip-gloss truly has nine lives, they added a pale green and a pale-blue Lipglass to the line that even we weren’t sure how to use until MAC Senior Artist Tiffany Johnston gave us some pointers.
The Tip: “Burmese Beauty Lipglass in Jealous plays with color theory: It works over a berry stain, leaving you with a beautiful shade of honey. Palace Pedigree Lipglass in Best of Breed is a perfect partner for any plum-based lip product. It imparts an icy hue that brightens and lights up the lip. Wear this lip with a cat eye-liner and your inner sex kitten will want to come out to play.”
The Tool: MAC Lipglass in Jealous and Best of Breed, $14, available August 26 at MAC.

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