What kind of lipstick wearer are you? An avid lip biter? Do you only go for the matte? Lip liners — friend or foe? Gloss or no gloss? Do you use balm before color? These and other burning questions can make the difference between flawless or failed lipstick applications.
Four experts offered BITB their best tricks for how to keep your lipstick looking great all day long.
Elizabeth Arden Global Makeup Artist Rebecca Restrepo -- “I always recommend women use a lip liner, like Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner ($21). It helps define the lip and give a perfectly defined pout. It works as an anchor and ensures everything is symmetrical. The color doesn’t need to match your lipstick exactly, but should match your actual lip color.”
Amanda Gabbard, beauty expert and makeup specialist at the Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York -- “We often have a thin layer of dry skin over our lips that prevents color from staying put. To avoid this, when brushing your teeth gently run the toothbrush over your lips. Do this after you have rinsed and brush lips while they are still moist to help slough off dry or uneven areas of the skin. It is a better alternative to picking the dry areas which will cause more problems. When applying lipstick, use a light lip balm then apply a lip concealer such as the Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift. This will act as a base to hold the liner and lipstick on -- like using primer before the foundation. After using a lip balm, apply a light-colored lip liner (I suggest Guerlain Bois de Santal #44) around the lips. Avoid using dark lip liners since they tend to make lips appear thinner. Now that the lips are primed and ready to go, apply lipstick and dab a light layer of gloss over. My favorite optical illusion trick is to outline the lips with Guerlain's Precious Lights Highlighting Pen (or use Lingerie De Peau Concealer Compact). Gently dab a Q-tip and enhance your pretty pout with a lighter hue around the lip's outer edge.”
Ellie Malmin, Makeup Director, Anushka Spa, Salon, Cosmedical Centre, West Palm Beach, FL -- "My clients are loving the Glo Minerals Perfect Color Duo for a beautiful soft pink, ideal nude or a gorgeous bold red lip, depending on your coloring and style. This product does double duty by pairing a gloss with a creamy lipstick. First, I recommend dabbing some powder or foundation on your lips so color adheres well. Then I like to line lips with a neutral liner shade that complements the natural lip color. Next, apply the creamy lipstick formula and follow with some gloss for added dimension and shine."
Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco -- “Personally, I like a classic semi-matte lipstick texture and a blue based red. I think it’s so chic and timeless. However, lately it’s been so in to wear an orange-red that I really love how it brightens complexions.”
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When you think of Brioni, the sensuality of fine Italian cashmere, silk, and wool come to mind. It is a label that speaks to prestige and elegance, most notably for finely crafted luxury menswear. A made to measure Brioni suit is the ultimate male status symbol — a mark of quality for a man who won’t settle for less than perfection.
The Italian couturier has launched a brand new fragrance, simply named Brioni. As you would expect, the hand fashioned bottle is a work of art in itself, and suitable for the Brioni man with discriminating taste. Designers Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard created a modern bottle by hand that captures the movement of light and fabric in motion. Inspired by the Italian sculptures in Rome, the unique bottle is capped in hand brushed bronze which adds to its male character with a touch of antique charm.
The fragrance captures the essence of Brioni’s heritage of masculine grooming and elegance since 1945. “When a man wears a custom Brioni suit, he exudes a sexiness because he feels confident and protected,” says Brendan Mullane, Creative Director. “We wanted to bottle that feeling with a sensual and elegant scent.”
The new Brioni eau de toilette is comprised of three rich complex accords: Citrus (Sicilian lemon), Boutonniere (floral notes of magnolia, iris, and violet) and Woody (smoky, saffron, black licorice).
Brioni eau de toilette (75ml, $280) is available at Brioni boutiques, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores, and Selfridges in the U.K.
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What is the single beauty product you can’t live without? Is it an SPF50, or are you ready to feed yourself to the sharks without your glossy black mascara, or will you shrivel up under a palm tree and die without your 16 ounce tub of La Mer?
BITB polled a group of enthusiastic skin experts for their must-have beauty products, and their responses range from expected to kind of surprising.
“As a skin-care loving derm diva, this is very very tough, so here’s my answer with caveats. IF I can have only one topical product… and only one…it has to be Vaseline petroleum jelly. Vaseline is to me what Windex was to the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. You can use it for just about everything from moisturizing to protecting to healing… And then I’d just fashion a sun protective poncho and hat from palm leaves…”
Rebecca Kazin, MD — Dermatologist, Washington D.C.
“My desert island pick is Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreens SPF 50 which is perfect to protect skin against sunburn, and also helps avoid a shiny nose in the humidity.”
Robin Unger, MD — Hair Transplant Surgeon, New York City
Marc Edward – Celebrity Facialist, West Hollywood, CA
“My favorite desert island beauty product is my Marc Edward Skincare Nourishing Moisture Serum loaded with ceramides, lipids, sphingolipids, and is dewy and hydrating, giving the skin a glow. It’s my #1 selling product and it works well with any moisture cream anyone already has, and can be used under the cream or on top of any other serum. If you’re on a desert island, besides sunscreen your skin will become dry, parched, dehydrated, and lackluster quickly especially from drying saltwater from the ocean, so this is why I love this serum for the face or body.”
Tina Alster, MD – Dermatologist, Washington DC
“My choice would be SKIN IS IN BB Cream because it contains 1) an antioxidant to clear away free radicals and make the skin brighter, 2) a nonchemical SPF to protect skin from the island sun, and 3) a tint so that I can look fabulous!”