Sitting in the waiting area at a salon a few years back, the receptionist and I struck up a conversation. As I was doing a little lipstick touch-up before my scheduled appointment, she jumped to her feet. "What is that color?" she shrieked in excitement. "It's the shade I've been looking for all my life!"
Have you ever had a moment like this — a moment where that perfect shade of lipstick or blush just pops out at you? For this week's Beauty Mark It challenge, I'm asking you to share your own "a-ha" lipstick or blush discovery. What shade brought you into cosmetic nirvana? I'll start you off with Aveda's Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color in Lychee Splash ($14), the life-changing shade my receptionist friend so desired. This color looks great on just about everyone; it's a coral/tawny/brownish-berry with a very slight amount of gold shimmer.
Share your choices by bookmarking items from around the web and tagging them with the phrase My Perfect Shade. I'll feature your favorites here next Tuesday. To learn about Beauty Mark It challenges and how to add your picks, check out this how-to. To see some of my favorite online beauty stores,