Best Bold Lip Colors for the Holidays Final Take

It’s been cold this week in New York and there’s no better way to brighten your day than by wearing a bright red lipstick — so chic. I’ve been totally obsessed with the creamy lip colors that go on like a gloss but last like a stain (though my favorites keep being discontinued, so I’m going to resist sharing the specific products with you here). But, nothing beats the look of regular old red lipstick. So, I’d like to share two tips that have totally changed the lip color game for me, and have made sporting the bold lip hues so much better.

First, I always start with a stain topped with the lipstick color I want. This ensures that I’ll never have that awkward faded-in-the-middle look that always seems to happen midday. Any gel or stain marker will do, but my go-to stain “base” over the years has been Vincent Longo Original Lip and Cheek Gel Stain in Baby Boo $22.50. It’s a slightly darker version of my natural lip color, and it isn’t drying at all. Next, I apply my bold lipstick of choice. Then, the final touch is to use a foundation brush and a bit of concealer to very carefully trace the outline of my lips. This keeps everything in place and gives the red a nice sharp line that looks oh-so professional.

So tell me, what do you do to liven up your look in the cold weather? Does lipstick do it for you, too?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

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