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April 18 2014

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Makeup Markers That Are Truly Magic

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As both old-school and born-again lip color devotees are well aware, maintaining a long-lasting bold pout after application is a challenge, but there is a time-trusted solution: Lipstick may fade, but a lip stain is forever (or, well, almost). Josie Maran has just put out a six-piece collection of liquid lip enhancers that boasts not only her signature formula free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and phthalates, but also a blend of hyaluronic acid and sugar extracts to smooth and plump. The dance-inspired colors like Flamenco (an orange-crimson) and Jitterbug (a bright pink) can be worn sheer, built for more opacity, topped off with a gloss for a shiny finish, or even dabbed on as a cheek tint. We initially gravitated toward the brighter offerings, but Mambo, a brick red, is emerging as the dark horse of the bunch. Whichever color you pick, remember to choose wisely; once these stains are on, it’ll take some remover and a little elbow grease to get them off.

Photo: Courtesy of Josie Maran

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