Winter Lipstick Rules

Lipstick gets really fun in the fall and winter.

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We replace the soft, sheer, shimmery lip glosses of summer with big, full bodied lipsticks in bold reds and deep dark berries, burgundies and wine tones. Lips become a central focus in the colder months creating a look that is moody, sexy and frankly flat out fabulous!

There is however some maintenance required in order to pull this look off. Underneath these big lip colors your lips have to be smooth and super hydrated. Crusty, dry, flaky lips ruin your look at the best of times but a deep, or bold lipstick shade amplifies a dried out lip and just looks plain awful.

To keep your lips looking healthy and kissable when the barometer drops, gently exfoliate them with warm water and a wash cloth, being super careful not to rough them up or tear off lose skin. The stress here is on being gentle. Follow up with a really good lip balm. The lip balm part of this equation is super important as you need to not only keep your lips hydrated all the time, but also to give them a protective barrier against the cold weather.

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I love this passion fruit lip balm 

I keep EOS lip balms everywhere – my nightstand, my handbags, my car, and apply them throughout the day and before bed at night, helping me to keep my lips supple year round, and preventing them from getting dry or chapped in the winter. EOS lip balms are paraben and petrolatum free and are packed with antioxidant Vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba oil. I buy these little spheres in all the different colors and different flavors because at $3 each, why not try them all? (You can find them at places like Target)

I also keep them in my pro makeup kit. When a model/actor/client gets in my chair the first thing I do regardless of the time of year is apply lip balm so that it can be soaking in and hydrate their lips throughout the makeup process, prepping their pouts for lipstick. Everyone loves EOS lip balm spheres and at only $3 they love that they can throw them in their handbag when we’re done!

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We just shot a new winter lip tutorial for the upcoming issue of Luca Magazine . (you will love it!) My model had EOS lip balm soaking on her lips during makeup, getting them prepped and perfect for the story. 
The new issue of Luca hits newsstands December 1st.

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Take care of your lips, buy a killer dark lip color for fall and pucker up that pout!

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10 Fantastic Lipsticks For Fall Weddings ~ Bridal beauty Tip #24

Is your fall wedding fast approaching, and you haven’t figured out your lip game yet?

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Check out these gorgeous options for luscious looking lips on your big day:

10 Fantastic Lipsticks For Fall Weddings

The Corals

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Coachella Coral.
Charlotte’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks come in 10 modern and chic shades, and make your lips look absolutely luscious. This shade is perfect when your wedding has autumnal orange accents, but you don’t want a full orangey mouth. Corals are also wonderful against pinks when you don’t want a blue based shade, giving you a little color pop without being overwhelming.


Another great coral lip choice for your wedding day is 
MAC Cremesheen Coral Bliss


The Nudes

One of the easiest lips to wear on your wedding day is a nude lip.

The rules are: don’t go paler than your own lip color, and balance the nude lip with a bolder eye so that you don’t look washed out.

My favorite nude lips for fall are

Christian Dior ‘Nude Rouge’ in Charnelle 459


Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Lip Color in Pensive


Winter Pinks

Pink lips are lovely, but for a fall wedding you need to step away from the perky, summery pinks and choose instead a pink with more depth and resonance.

Try Lipstick Queen Sinner lipstick in Pink


Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu or in Hyde Park


The Reds

A red mouth can be incredibly alluring. Winter reds have extra depth and magic. They can make your complexion look like it is glowing, can make your eye color spark, and are incredibly beautiful and sexy.

For your wedding day avoid glossy reds, opting instead for matte reds and longwear reds that your groom isn’t scared to kiss!

My favorite red lipstick at the moment is Charlotte Tilbury’s

Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red


Charlotte’s matte lips aren’t that heavy, flat, dull finish that you find in so many red lipsticks, instead they have a luminous vibrancy that makes the lip look alive and exciting.

Lipstick Queen Sinner Lipstick in Scarlet Red


MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili


Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 404 Spice


What are your favorite lipsticks for fall? Tell me about them in the comment section below.