By Courtney Kretchman
Lips will appear as if they’re sugar coated this fall. Whether you’re feeling sultry or doe-eyed feminine, shades of chocolate are a must-have for lips this season.
Before applying any lip color, The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ is the perfect exfoliation for dry and flaky post-summer lips. Like the body scrubs we all know so well, it was only a matter of time before someone perfected a lip-specific formula. Available at Beauty Bar Apothecary in Beverly Hills, coveted flavors include Almond CrÃ¨me and Brown Sugar.
Next, replenish lips with Jane Iredale’s Lip Drink SPF 15. A quenching colorless lip balm of a macadamia nut oil base, green tea extract, and Vitamin E and C antioxidants, it works well alone or over liner.
Now for color: all shades of mocha, coffee and chocolate are hot this season. Just be sure to keep lips on the translucent side if you’re going with heavy eyes. The Lovely Rouge Perle collection by Bourjois is fantastically lightweight and gives a refined wash of delicate pearlescent color. Best, it has a brilliant mirror affixed to its cap, ensuring itself as the ultimate essential for last minute touchups. The Brun Perle is rich and elegant for fall days or evenings. Available at Sephora.
Also ideal for anytime of day is Lulu Beauty’s lipstick in Myrna. This satin mocha hue is long wearing with a smooth texture. Containing Vitamin E and avocado oil, it provides a natural sunscreen and has a lightweight feel. To add extra drama, add a berry or toffee liner. Available at www.lulubeauty.com.
Last and most decadent is Armanisilk by Giorgio Armani cosmetics. Blending microsilk powders with rich color, the effect is a smooth and flawless lipstick. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills in 18 matte to satin shades, #29 is a lush shimmering cocoa, just right for making an autumn statement.
If a high-gloss finish is more your style, MAC Cosmetics Plushglass combines sheer color with a pearlized shine finish. Containing Vitamin E for environmental protection, as well as extra plumping ingredients, this gloss gives a cool-warm sensation upon application. Wet, Wild, Wonderful is a sheer espresso bronze that works perfect with smoky fall eyes. For a softer, “˜60s girlish look, try Fulfilled“¦because life’s too short to be anything but.