Th It-it: The Perfect Red Lip

January 13, 2012 by Lila Delilah

By ManhattanMataHari

There’s nothing quite like a pop-of-color –or POC, in fashion talk– to help combat the winter blues. None is more uplifting than the perfect red lip. Before you start you will need to find the perfect matte finish, high pigment lip color to achieve a look that’s classy, not trashy.

We found the holy grail in Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($24). The shade is a universally flattering bright crimson that has incredible staying power.

In true MadSpy fashion, we wanted to test the wearability. The application is fool-proof since the jumbo crayon affords more precision than traditional lipsticks. Unlike most lip pencils, Nars has a creamy matte finish with
Vitamin E, so it won’t dry out your lips or require a top layer of balm.

Our bright red pout lasted through an entire decadent meal at Il Mulino and a hot, meltdown-inducing session at Earth Yoga. After an hour of hot Vinyasa, our Dragon Girl lips were surprisingly perfect!

When wearing red, be sure to take a hint from the 1950’s bombshells, and keep the rest of your makeup soft and neutral to bring out your inner diva. Also, a bit of concealer around the lip never hurts.

Special Update: Last week we wrote about weightless totes and mentioned the
Celine version ($1600). Today we spotted some at the TJ Maxx in Colombus Square. The hunter green colored tote was priced at just $799. Not too bad, huh?


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