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August 28 2014

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A DIY Dark Lip Alternative

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While the Spring 2013 shows may have started out a makeup-free, contours- and brow-heavy affair, they are evolving into a more complete beauty picture that does indeed include plenty of lip options—in bright shades of red, coral, and fuchsia—lest the pout enthusiasts among you get discouraged. But in real time, late September 2012 that is, I’m still working off Fall’s mouth mainstays, which skewed overwhelmingly towards a single shade of dark mulberry. I’ve added a few of those to my wardrobe (here is a particularly great recipe for a winning wine-stained smile, should you be in the market), and perhaps unsurprisingly, so has everyone else—which made me diversify, and quick (dare to be different, dear readers). What I came up with was a gray-brown alternative that has its roots in nineties grunge, with a modern twist. Start by lining your lips and filling them in with MAC Lip Pencil in Hodgepodge—a light brown, Charlotte Tilbury favorite that the flame-haired face painter typically uses to draw on faux freckles—and then top that with a slick of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Chic for a hint of gloss and a greige finish. It got raves from my peers when I debuted it backstage in New York, less so from a few of the more opinionated men in my life. But no matter; as is the case with most of my more out-of-the-box beauty ideas, I’m pretty sure this one will grow on them with time, too.

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