6 Red Lipsticks to Rock this Holiday Season

Guest post by my dear friend and talented make-up artist, Gina Marie Wheeler. You can read about her background in Voyage LA Magazine.

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Nothing says holiday makeup like a red lip moment. Everyone looks good with a red lip, which is why new and seasonal collections always include the timeless hue. There are a few common reasons why some people avoid the bold color and I’ve found that most of the time it’s just intimidation. I’m here to tell you, it’s all in your head. You can and should rock a red (especially during the holidays). MAC Cosmetics is my go-to brand when wanting extensive color options. The quality is superior to most and the price point is great. I’ve narrowed down the 300+ color options that MAC offers to 6 Lipsticks and 2 Lip Pencils. These colors can truly be worn by ALL.img_1561

PREP + PRIME LIPS

PRO TIP Before wearing any bold or pigmented color you need hydrated, soft lips. MAC makes this great lip primer that not only moisturizes, but eliminates feathering. Every lip product looks and wears better on top of Prep + Prime Lips.

Price: $17.50

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LIPSTICKS

LADY BUG LIPSTICK

“If you’re still feeling a little red lip shy, try Lady Bug, it’s sheer and effortless”

Yellow Tomato

Finish: Lustre/Semi Gloss

Price: $17.00
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DUBONNET LIPSTICK

“If you think of red wine as the perfect lip color, Dubonnet is your shade.”

Deepened Claret

Finish: Amplified/Cream Finish

Price $17.00

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DARE YOU LIPSTICK

“If you feel comfortable with red but still want to keep it natural, Dare You looks like a lip stain”

Deep Brown Red

Finish: Creamsheen/High Shine

Price: $17.00

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RUBY WOO LIPSTICK

“Ruby Woo is a cult classic; it’s been around for decades and is a true Pin-Up red, that makes every lip pop.”

Vivid blue red

Finish: Retro Matte/Very Matte

Price: $17.00

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STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK

“Punk rock lips have continued to stay on trend for the past few years, so if you like a dark lip or are ready to go a little vampy try Studded Kiss.”

Dark oxblood red

Finish: Matte

Price: $17.00

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CHATEAU M RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK

“Liquid lipsticks are so popular, their pigment and stay power make them low maintenance and opaque perfection.”

Deep Red Wine

Finish: Retro Matte

Price: $21.00

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LIP LINERS

PRO TIP If you worry about feathering, or fading, get one of these amazing lip pencils. They are creamy and glide on nice and smooth but set and stay for 8 hours. Line your lips and fill in with your pencil prior to lipstick for ultimate wear and color. You can also wear this Pro formula liner alone.

DIVA PRO LONGWEAR LIP PENCIL

Intense Reddish Burgundy

Price: $21.00

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HE SAID, SHE SAID PRO LONGWEAR LIP PENCIL

Brick Red

Price: $21.00

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The key to the red lip is, let her be the star. Don’t think you need to balance that lip with a Smokey Eye… Red Lip look should include:

  1. Flawless Skin
  2. Groomed & Filled in Brow
  3. Bare Eye or Winged Liner
  4. Heavy Mascara or False Lash
  5. Light blush

 

 

Holiday Wish List by NYC Stylist Phoebe Elizabeth

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I’m back with more from my dear friend and NYC Style Curator, Phoebe Elizabeth. She always manages to find the CUTEST stuff, so I asked her to share with me what her holiday wish list is!

Holiday mugs

perfect for Christmas morning coffee (or spiked cider)!

$14.00

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Carry on Cocktail Kit – just add booze

seriously coveting this for holiday/winter travel

$24

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My absolute favorite collection of holiday candles

$18.00 – $42.00

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Fireside PJs

an added bonus that they share my name!  

$130
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A little something special

…for layering…or for him 😉

$385.00

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Giving back

just one of the charities close to my heart

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A divinely feminine watch

comes in some other lovely color options

$125.00

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The perfect work satchel

Cuyana has a wonderful give back drive that’s definitely worthwhile

$395

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Faux Fur Hat

$75

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Beauty brush set

added bonus; this set has antibacterial properties, which can help prevent blemishes

$62.00

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Nars Body glow

Helps me keep that radiant look all winter long

$59

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Rodan & Fields eye cream

I finally tried this stuff and it’s amazing; I literally use it everyday

$62.00

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Say it with a sweater

or this one; or this one – I can’t decide!

$98.00

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Exhausted Mom

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I’m in the trenches of sleep deprivation, so this gift guide is a reflection of my life haha. Husbands, if your wife is tired (which let’s face it all moms are tired) this list will help her feel a little more rested, rejuvinated and appreciated! Everyone knows the saying “happy wife, happy life,” so this list is my Christmas gift to you…

Staycation (tell her to go for one night with her girl friends)

I recently did this and we stayed at the Westin Sacramento; It was local, but happens to be off the beaten path near the Sacramento River and various wineries such as Bogle Vineyards, Scribner Bend and the Old Sugar Mill; we felt soooo rejuvenated after just 24 hours of relaxation time

Spa or nails gift card (include a note about how you’ll watch the kids)

I hardly ever feel like I have the time to get my nails done anymore, but always feel so much better after I do; a massage at a local spa would be even better

Maid service

Weekly, bi-weekly or just a one time deep clean; ANYTHING would be much appreciated – trust me on that

Gift card to her favorite store (again, include a note about watching the kids)

Surprise date night “save the date” card

Plan EVERYTHING from the babysitting to the restaurant reservations; tell her to go get her make-up done beforehand so she can feel extra pretty (Mac will do it for free)

A bottle of her favorite wine

If she doesn’t have one but likes wine, anything from Rombauer, Runquist and Frank Family is a safe bet; I’m also a huge fan of Butter Chardonnay

A Keurig

There’s nothing worse than a night of no sleep than a night of no sleep plus waking up to no coffee; snag this one to make her mornings a little easier

A cute coffee to-go mug

Like this Kate Spade one I started using mine at home because I was tired of microwaving my coffee 7,246,376 times each morning; kids make it impossible to drink coffee in a timely fashion

Drop in daycare gift card

The one I’ve used is Kids Camp, but just Google “drop in daycare + your city” to find your local ones; I recommend doing a temperature check with your wife beforehand to make sure she’s comfortable leaving her kids in said daycare