Beauty Coach: Red Lips

September 17, 2009 at 11:37 am , by

m_101429699My absolute favorite trend for fall is red lips. I’ve never been a lipstick kind of girl (eye makeup is more my thing), but after editing through dozens of gorgeous red shades for our September makeup story, I had to give it a try. Now, I’m completely hooked and wear red almost every day. If only figuring out my fall wardrobe was this easy!

Here are my favorite tips for wearing red lipstick without red lipstick wearing you.

1. Find a great shade. A hue with blue undertones works well on everyone (a great example is Revlon Cherries in the Snow). My personal favorite shade is M.A.C. Lustre Lipstick in Lady Bug. It’s a classic red with a pretty sheen.

2. Start and end with lip balm. I don’t think I could pull off red without moisturizing my lips first. I always prep with a little balm (I love Nivea’s Kiss of Moisure. I have one in my purse and one on my nightstand) and then apply lipstick. It glides right on. If I want a bolder, more saturated red lip, I will wipe off the balm. Then, after I apply my lipstick, I layer a final swipe of balm over my lips to soften the color.

3. Use a lip brush. I learned this tip from makeup artist Sonia Kashuk a few years ago on a shoot. She told me that a lip brush is such an underrated tool. It helps work the color onto your lips and gives you the most control. Any brand will do (Sonia has an affordable line of makeup brushes at Target). I suggest a retractable lip brush so you don’t mess up your bag.

4. Add color to your cheeks. If you have a fair complexion, you’ll probably need  a little extra blush or bronzer to balance your bold lips. I love this trick from DuWop creative director Cristina Bartolucci: Dab a teeny bit of your red lipstick onto the apples of your cheeks and blend.

Tell me about your favorite shade of red lipstick. If you’re looking for more fresh looks check out our fall makeup story.

Pretty vs. Tough: A No-Compromise Hand Soap

September 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm , by

Motif familyI tend to be obsessively clean and find myself washing my hands after nearly every task throughout the day. (Although my office desk does not appear this way, so please don’t judge!) Of course, I love a sweetly scented hand soap and indulge in anything that veers on the feminine side: a frothy cream base, heady floral fragrance and intricate bottle. At home, I would indulge in this seemingly simple treat, but can’t completely partake because I live with my boyfriend. He doesn’t allow the girly stuff. No, he thinks a hand soap is more akin to dish soap: It should strip hands of oil and wash everything clean.

So when I recently snuck in a bottle of this gorgeous Motif soap, I was worried that it would be booted out of the bathroom because of its chic, graphic label and sophisticated scent. Surprisingly, he told me that he liked it. He was drawn to the cypress; I loved the subtle pear note. I think it’s kind of like the Goldilocks of hand soap: not too girly, not too manly, but just right. Another thing we can both agree on? The $4 price tag. Find more scents from Motif at Target.

And now it’s my turn to snoop in your bathroom. Are there certain beauty goodies that you’ve had to compromise to make a shared bathroom a more peaceful place? Or is there something that you just won’t give up?