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Beauty Mark It! The Shade You Looked For All Your Life

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,


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oliveye oliveye 9 years
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Pink Sugar. And Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.
brista brista 9 years
CoverGirl LipSlicks in Daring. It's cheap but the color is the exact pinky-red natural color you get from biting your lips or kissing too much. (Too much? Is there such a thing?) It's the color of chapped lips. Totally natural looking (on pretty much everyone who has tried), a 'your lips but better' color and avaliable in every drug store for about the price of a Snickers bar. Seriously, go to RiteAid and grab one. On the off-chance it doesn't work for you, you can get your money back.
verily verily 9 years
Oh, and Stila's Lip Glaze in Blackberry. It's kinda in the same color family as Clinique's famous Black Honey shade, but has a bit more of a pop to it. I wish I could find the shade in something with more staying power though.
verily verily 9 years
Covergirl TruShine in Blushberry Shine. It's the perfect office neutral. "Your Lips but Better" for fair girls--as another beauty site would say.
Katiefrog Katiefrog 9 years
Nars Orgasm blush and lip gloss are both pretty fabulous and seem to work on a wide range of skin tones. Also, DuWop Blush Booster in Watermelon is a staple for me!
ssfl2000 ssfl2000 9 years
Nars Dolce Vita!...of course!
sunshine001 sunshine001 9 years
Underage lipgloss by MAC, is one of my favories, also Snob, or honeylove lipstick!!!!:)
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
Looking for that shade her "whole life"? ...:? hehe
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