11/01/2006 10:35AM ● Published by Brandi Barnett
After season upon season of the nude lip showing up everywhere, it’s time for some color on those pouts! There’s never been a more deliciously wide range of options for lips. And with all the vibrant
plums, eggplants, and jewel tones showing up on this season’s clothing, it’s easy to incorporate these shades into your makeup wardrobe. From the I-just-ate-a-grape-popsicle stain to the rich, classic red wine opaque, you’re sure to find a sensuous shade just right for you.
You can get a richly-pigmented, highly-emollient gloss almost anywhere,but if you want the option of trying on numerous shades, or the help of a knowledgeable salesperson, paying a little more at a department store is your best bet.
When going for a bolder mouth, do your lips before applying blush; the rich tone will pick up the natural color in your cheeks, so you won’t overdo it.
Skip the lip liner (for some of us, that is a very tough thing to do, but trust me, you won’t need it with a stain or gloss). If you like more intense colors, try a dark berry for some drama. Sheer it out for daytime by blotting or applying a clear gloss on top.
Not one to shy away from color? Then try applying the lipstick straight from the tube; a lip brush causes the shade to become too sheer.
Need a little coaxing? Apply color with your finger for a light, transparent finish that’s moist without being sticky.
If the thought of rich, dramatic color sends you searching for your palest lip color in fear, start with a stain to ease you in, such asMAC’s tinted lip conditioner in Virtuous Violet or Boldheart lipglass, a dark plum that goes on sheer ($14; maccosmetics.com). Finish with a gloss to up the shine factor.We like Almay Ideal Lipgloss in Plum Shimmer ($7.50): Nonsticky gleam with nourishing avocado.
Here are some other choices to get you in the berry mood:
CoverGirl Smoothwear Liptints in Garnet Glow ($6): Deeply moisturizing with shea butter, vitamin E, and aloe.
Chanel Glossimer in Summer Plum ($24.50; gloss.com).
Avon Ultra Color Rich lipstick n Bordeaux Velvet ($6.50, avon.com).
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect lipstick in Perfect Rose ($21.50, Gottschalks).