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Unlike every other college student in America, when I turn twenty-one I’m not going to strap on heels to go clubbing in Vegas and sip on Fat Tuesdays. There’s something about strolling through the rural vineyards of Northern California and participating in wine tasting that seems so sophisticated and relaxing.

And though I won’t be able to mull over tumblers of alcohol for another year and a half, spotting today’s Fashionista on campus made me think of another way I can wine taste while I’m waiting for my birthday: by shopping for the perfect, wine-colored lipstick. Instead of poring through underground wine cellars, I can scour the shelves of makeup stores.

How to shop for your lipstick: Believe it or not, just like red wine, there are countless “flavors” and brands of deep red lipstick out there. To pick the right shade for you, you’ll need to head over to the Revlon or MAC counter and test the tints against your skin. Ruby red adds a startling flash if you have fair, pale skin; the deep wine color that this Fashionista wears pairs well with tan to olive complexions; and for those with darker skin, you can’t go wrong with oxblood.

How to dress accordingly: To compliment the boldness of her lips, this Fashionista toned down the rest of her casual look with muted colors, a simple tank and skirt and rolled her hair up into a simple topknot. You want to highlight your lips and make them the star of your puckered-up attire, so opt for solid, dark colors like a black shirt or perhaps a subtle lace skirt. If you’re going out on the town, there’s nothing your little black dress can’t handle. Pull your hair back from your face into a sleek pony or tight bun, and your accented lips are ready to take center stage.

I hope shopping for my first bottle of wine is just as satisfying as purchasing multiple shades of lipstick.


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