Fall is all about a dark lip. Love the look, but afraid to take the plunge? Ease into this quintessential fall look with a beautiful berry tint, inspired by our dimming memory of summer fruits. You can apply lightly for a hint of juicy color or layer on for a bolder look. Wear these sumptuous, rich, and glossy lip colors for just the perfect amount of seasonal color. If the skies aren’t bright, no reason your pout can’t be.
KORRES Lip Butter Glaze in Raspberry has a creamy consistency and comes in an easy application tube. The buttery glaze smells sugary and delicious and melts beautifully onto the lips. The blend of lightweight sunflower and raspberry seed oil helps conditions lips and leaves a soft raspberry-colored sheen.
BITE Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Blackcurrant is good enough to eat, literally. It is formulated with pure argan oil, vitamin E, antioxidants and fruit butters, and without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, or fragrances. Layer this all-natural, lip-nourishing formula for a customizable glossy tint.
Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb! in Bigger Berry combines Lip Injection plumping and blood vessel dilating technology for fuller, lusher lips. Mango butter, vitamins A, C, and E inject all-day moisture and the creamy stick gives lips a satiny, long-lasting berry stain.
TARTE LipSurgence in Moody is a deep berry tint with LipSurgence technology, clinically proven to increase skin’s moisture content for a smooth, plumped appearance. The peppermint infused formula is a hybrid of a stain, gloss and balm for sheer but buildable color that lasts all day.
ChapStick® Hydration Lock ($2.99)
No lipcolor will look glorious if your lips are dry and chapped. The new ChapStick® Hydration Lock will prep, moisturize, and create a perfect canvas for your fall berry shade, and it lasts for 8 hours. Formulated with CoQ10, hyaluronic spheres, and vitamin E, this rich balm from America’s favorite lip line even helps lips look fuller while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Once upon a time, primers were considered just that: the first steps to your makeup routine. Smashbox Cosmetics’ Photo Finish was a big hit (and still is), because of the way it could go on smooth as silk on skin with its silicone ingredients.
But now, primer options have moved well past smooth and silicone-infused. The notion of a primer as merely prepping a canvas for makeup is so 2010—primers today serve to correct skin tone, texture, and even makeup. Here are a few that are upping the ante.
Clinique Superprimers ($27 each)
From correcting skin dullness to counteracting redness, each Clinique Superprimer tackles a problem one by one. There are six Superprimers—one Universal Face Primer five Colour Corrects formulations for Dullness, Redness, Sallowness, Discolorations, and Dullness specifically for darker skin tones. And yes, if you have more than one skin concern, you can layer the primers like frosting on a cake—we’ve tested a variety of combinations on our skin, and cannot recommend them highly enough. If you’re unsure what to get, you can filter the results by taking an online quiz here. All six are worth stocking up on, and also make great gifts.
Using Dior’s Airflash Primer is equivalent to getting a makeover from makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath. The light liquid spray is best applied on your face directly, but you can also spray it on your hands and then apply. The micronized texture of the primer gives the face an instant prep, and since it’s also a color corrector with a mix of hyaluronic acid and minerals, the primer imparts a beautiful radiance to the skin, and also hydrates. This Cadillac of primers that will erase discolorations and then some.
A pricier version than the ones mentioned above, this antioxidant-rich primer is a serum-gel formulation, and aims to improve texture and tone. I can also honestly say that after using this primer, my foundation goes on evenly and makes my face seem quite flawless. The texture is serum-like, not silicone-like as with the Clinique or Smashbox primers, so you’ll feel as though your wearing no primer at all. The Kinara primer goes beyond the basic primer because of its anti-aging properties, and is ideal for women who want to treat their skin as well as prime it.
Photo Credit: NARS Cosmetics
This oil-free gel primer targets that pesky skin problem: unsightly pores. The end result is a matte surface for makeup application. It also contains mineral powders, which is a departure from the norm, in order to give your skin a nice matte-like finish on the T-zone area. It’s also ideal for shine control, so you can safely leave your blotting papers at home.
The sex kitten allure of Brigitte Bardot extends far beyond her hair. The screen siren had large, expressive eyes and wore eyeliner so iconically that the term “cat eye” has become synonymous with the French actress.
In a retro move that never seems to grow old, beauty makers are all over the eye trend this winter. So many new liners have launched this fall that you are sure to find the perfect one for that cat sweep, smoky look, or subtle line. Here are a few must trys that top our list.
This Mont-Blanc style liquid eyeliner will give you all the control you need to apply a thick straight line, a cat eye, or whatever you imagination conjures up. Inspired by a classic calligraphy pen, this waterproof liquid liner shines like patent leather and is pretty much smudge proof throughout the day.
(Above: Snake Eyes Gel liner)
This deeply-pigmented gel is high-impact, and while it is definitely not metallic, it is more shimmer than glitter. It’s versatile enough to go over the eyelids, and can be used as a liner. Paint a sleek line with an angled brush for a modern take on the classic Bardot cat eye.
Photo Credit: AntonymCosmetics.com
The Noir by Antonym eye pencil is Ecocert-certified and delivers a beautiful line for a waterproof pencil. It also has a built-in sharpener for on-the-go touch ups. I loved how smoothly it went on the eyes, and how it refused to budge even after several hours of wear. Since it’s a pencil, it also helps perfect smokey eye.