By Susan Cernek, Glamour magazine
When shopping for lipstick, gloss or tint, my interior monologue goes a little something like this: "Hmmm. It's a super pretty color, but would a J.Crew model wear it?" You know what I'm talking about. (Right?)
Every time I get a J.Crew catalog in the mail (which is pretty much a weekly occurrence, now that spring and summer styles are hitting stores) I spent some QT poring over the clothes and the beauty looks. As Petra mentioned awhile back, it's always good source of inspiration to try the bold lip look.
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But even while being surrounded by all kinds of beauty goodness here at Glamour (fancy shampoos and uber-moisturizers and new-fangled face scrubbers, oh my!), I've still had a hard time finding lipcolors that hit the J.Crew mark: bright and pop-y but not old-lady or retro-feeling, plus the perfect combination of matte and high-octane pigment. That is until now.
A slew of new spring lipsticks and tints have come through my office in the last few weeks and I'm happy to say that my three new faves are all pretty J.Crew-y:
Lipcolor #1: MAC Amplified Lipstick in Full Fuchsia
It's the perfect hot pink--it manages to look vibrant and cheery...without seeming to Barbie-ish. I'm also loving MAC's brand-new Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed, which is more like a neon tangerine.
Lipcolor #2: Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin' Watermelon or Chunky Cherry
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This super-moisturized tinted balm adds just a hint of color--in the right kind of hue. (You know, the hues that'd go with a Breton strip shirt that's half tucked-in, half tucked-out, sparkly necklace and casually broken-in khaki shorts.)
Lipcolor #3: Revlon Just Bitten Colorstay Lipstain in Flame
I use this tint (and get loads of compliments on it!) about every other day. It tints your lips with a nice, deep coral that has a perfectly matte finish so that it almost (almost) looks like you were born with such vibrant smackers.
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Those are just a few of the lipcolors that have been working for me lately. Do you have any to share? Have you tried (and fallen in love) with any of these? Are you as obsessed with the beauty looks in the J.Crew catalog or do you have another sneaky source of beauty inspiration? Would love to hear about yours!
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