ALL ABOUT BEAUTY: Lips that Last

All About Beauty

With cold weather comes Fashionistas with amazing coats, boots, blazers and scarves. There's no doubt that winter is the best season to experiment with layers and reinvent classic pieces into multifunctional statements. It's always interesting to see how others style their winter essentials like classic black booties or structured leather jackets — it's why I love winter so much!

This Fashionista chose to style her winter essentials with my favorite accessory: lipstick. Her hot pink lipstick (“Revlon's Fuchsia Fusion“) is the perfect way to brighten her dark pants, black pinstriped blazer and studded flats. If you were to take a fabric swatch of all the colors in her outfit, you'd find that her shoes and lipstick really tie the look in together. Outside of dark winter shades, you can really amplify an outfit by highlighting one beauty aspect. After all, makeup is the art of painting your face. It's about creating contour, volume, intensity and drama in the most beautiful way possible.

Where do you begin? Treat your lips as if they were solely your face. Just like your face, your lips need intense hydration especially in dry weather. Begin by gliding on lip primer like MAC's Prep + Prime. It'll hydrate and smooth your lips creating a surface your lip color will cling on to all day. Next, choose a bright lip color that will complement your skin tone and other applied makeup. If you already have intense eye makeup, it may be more difficult to pull off a bright lip without looking overdone. Instead, pair a bright lip with softer makeup by outlining your lips with a matching lip liner.

This step is especially important if you're not a usual lipstick-wearer. I recommend outlining your lips, filling them in with lip liner, then gliding lipstick over. This beauty trick just ensures that your lipstick stays on all day and makes it nearly impossible to see where you've outlined your lips and where you've put on lipstick. For an extra long day, follow the previous steps then blot it with tissue. Using an eyeshadow blending brush, tap on a bit of loose powder to your lips and lay another coat of lipstick. You'll have people wondering how your lipstick has lasted you for hours and hours by the end of the day!

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