Your Hunt for the Perfect Red Lipstick is Over

Courtesy of GuerlainHaving worn red lipstick every single day (yes, even on Sundays, and even to the grocery store) for about 10 years, I've tried pretty much every tube out there. First, there was the challenge of finding the right shade-not too pink, too coral, or too blue; then, the experimentation with formulas in search of one that wasn't too matte, too shiny, or too sloppy-slick. I had almost resigned myself to the fact that I might never find a color that didn't either desiccate my lips or glide on like a dream only to slide off onto my cheeks 10 minutes later. But then I met The One.

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Not only does Guerlain Rouge G feel perfect on the mouth-hydrating but not slimy-it wears and wears, and never fades out in the center to leave a dreaded lipstick-liner-like ring. It also comes encased in a glorious silver bullet (equipped with a mirror that snaps shut with a satisfying magnetic click) that makes you feel as glamorous as Garbo just taking it out of your purse. Garçonne, my beloved shade, is a little bit orange, which turns out to work wonders for my complexion; it's bright but not garish, and goes as well with jeans as it does with a cocktail dress. It is, in short, the holy grail of red lipsticks-the one that makes my face light up like I've just won the lottery. And come to think of it, maybe I have.

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