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Brick, In The House

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As previously noted, red was the lip color for Fall 2011, turning up everywhere from Diane von Furstenberg and Giles to Gucci and Ungaro. Bright classic crimsons definitely reigned, but there was also a movement to re-embrace that grunge staple, the brick red mouth. Blame it on the nineties influence that hit the runways, bringing menswear-as-womenswear staples and slouchy silhouettes back to the forefront. The timing couldn’t be better, either, as Nirvana fans celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Seattle act’s hit album Nevermind—and we fête Courtney Love, who did as much for the off-red pout color as her late husband did for indie rock. Here, our favorite smoky scarlet picks for the season.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate

François Nars’ fall offering manages to be shine-free but not drying. Boasting a real matte finish that stays true to the nineties’ flat-pigment mandate, it can be applied without a lipliner, a boon to anyone trying to streamline their makeup bag.

$25, www.narscosmetics.com.

Merle Norman Cosmetics Lipcolor in Glamour

A full-coverage option with a rich, creamy finish, this burnt red glides on easy and wears with only marginal shine.

$15, available November 2011. Visit www.merlenorman.com for direct mail instructions.


YSL Rouge Volupte Perle in Mysterious Red

YSL’s new sparkle-free bullet is very glossy—and all the better for it. Words to the wise: Wear a lipliner, like YSL’s Lip Pencil in 07 Cognac, to keep the color contained.

$34, www.nordstrom.com.


Chantecaille Lip Chic in Calla Lily

An earthy cranberry shade, Chantecaille’s super-emollient color stick has added collagen to provide a plumping effect and a semi-sheer finish for the full-coverage-phobics of the world.

$32, www.nordstrom.com.


Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Passion

The latest from Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment arsenal is a dark, sanguine rust color that applies like a tinted lip balm, rather than a lipstick. It’s perfect for a hint of color, rather than a bold statement.

$22.50, www.sephora.com

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