Love it or hate it, Leighton Meester's right on trend wearing a semi-matte, deep-hued lipstick. As this Gossip Girl demonstrates, in order to pull off a so-bold-it-could-stop-traffic kind of color, it's best to keep the rest of your makeup toned down as to not overwhelm the look.
So, is a sassy red-orange lipstick something you might want to duplicate for Fall 2008 and beyond? If so, follow these tips on how to keep such a saucy color saucy, along with some department and drugstore finds to boot:
- Apply lip liner in a shade similar to your lipstick. Outline, following the natural shape of your lips, and then fill in completely. By using liner as a base, your color will wear longer and bolder. It helps prevent color from bleeding, too.
- Using a lip brush, apply lipstick. Start in the center, working out as you go. Fix any harsh lines or mistakes with a Q-tip.
- Splurgey choice: Back at Fashion Rocks in September, Leighton told me she loves Yves Saint Laurent lipstick. Try Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Extreme Coral or Red Muse ($34).
- Drugstore finds: Go with bright red-orange shades such as L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick Lipstick in Volcanic ($8.95) or Revlon Moon Drops Creme Lipstick in Hot Coral ($8.99).