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Get Leighton's Trendy Red-Orange Lipstick Look

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).


spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Leighton looks gorgeous all the time!
CleoIndia CleoIndia 9 years
im not sure if its the lipstick I dont like, or the fact that her foundation is sooooo think and obvious looking, it washes out her face.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Hmmm I'll pass.
Advah Advah 9 years
Brittany, thanks a lot for the advice! I'll check that tomorrow. :P
shellee shellee 9 years
I actually think this color looks great on her. It makes me want to go out and buy a tube myself.
palacinkabeauty palacinkabeauty 9 years
I like the concept but I think it's not a look for everyone. It's different and it looks great on the red carpet.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
I like it on her, and I think I would wear it to like a party or something really fun, but I just can't see myself wearing this to work or school or for everyday - it's easy when you have red-carpet events and fun parties every night...
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 9 years
I think it looks good too!
meringue meringue 9 years
I think she could wear nearly anything and look lovely...
lucyS lucyS 9 years
Obviously I'm in the minority, but I think that lip oolour looks lovely on her.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
Advah, just buy a neutral colored lip liner, like one that matches your lips. They have really inexpensive ones that only cost $1 or $2. Then don't have to worry about matching it to your lipstick. I really like the red orange colored lipstick, just not on her. I think she kind of looks washed out in the picture. Women with darker skin tones usually look gorgeous in that color though.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
I'm kind of on the fence with this look it's not that bad however I think it would have been a better look in another "texture" maybe a sheer-ish lipstick, or a gloss. she also has on some obvious foundation making her over all look too much.
Advah Advah 9 years
I'm trying to work on the bold lipstick look, but I'm still confused on the whole lip liner thing. Lipsticks are already so expensive, I can't bring myself to buy a lip liner for each of them on top of that! :( Plus it looks like my lipsticks are not soft enough to apply with a brush, might be too cold in my room. :o
bchicgrl bchicgrl 9 years
I agree that color looks horrible on her. It's going to stop traffic alright its going to cause accidents.
emalove emalove 9 years
Ew! She looks horrible in that color.
milkradio milkradio 9 years
That looks horrendous.
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 9 years
The color looks good on Leighton (I haven't really found anything that DOESN'T look good on her--she's gorgeous!) but I think that it would look crazy on me. Who starts or thinks up these trends, anyway?
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