Lip Service

Pucker up! This fall it’s all about the lips! Choosing the right hue is key, but applying lip color correctly is half the battle. Here are some of Jmore beauty expert Ariel Lewis’ best tips for lips, whether you’re heading to the office or out on the town.

Shades of the season

This season’s hottest hues run the gamut from sheer pinks to peaches, mauves to mochas and burgundies to black cherries. Ariel’s favorites include: NYX Cosmetics Slip Tease Full Color Lip Oil in Beyond Basic, Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Brandy, NAR Cosmetics Powermatte Lip Pigment in Done It Again and Pat McGrath LABS MatteTrace in Obsessed! All of these shades complement any complexion.

Hint: For an extra oomph, Ariel recommends layering a deeper shade of lip gloss over top of a softer lipstick shade. This will darken the tone of the lip shade slightly without adding too much pigment.

Great Applications

Are you so done with applying your lip color every half-hour? Make your own stay-put lip stain using Ariel’s no-fault technique. Start with clean lips, exfoliating them with a soft-bristle toothbrush to remove any dry skin or leftover lip color. Apply lipstick and blot with oil absorbing blotting paper. Reapply lipstick and blot again. Repeat this process five times. Your lips will stay stained all day!

Tarte blotting papers

Tarte blotting papers 

Hint: MAC lipsticks make good stains since they aren’t super oily and last longer than some other brands. MAC’s popular “Ruby Woo” is a terrific choice.

Tarte makes nice blotting papers that are super thin and highly absorbent. Bonus: They’re also great for minimizing shine on your nose and forehead!


Twin Peaks

Lip liner can look harsh and unnatural. Instead, use concealer to create the illusion of perfectly shaped peaks. First, apply your lipstick. Then use your pinky to dab concealer into the groove of your upper lip. Use your index finger to blend the concealer well. Voila! You have a perfect cupid’s bow!

Hint: Lip erase by MAC is ideal for concealing blemishes around your lips. It’s also awesome for creating a canvas on which to apply brighter colors. If you like wearing pink, but your natural lip color is too dark to wear the pale shades you admire, apply Lip Erase, let it dry, then apply pink lipstick over top. Now you’re pretty in pink!

Ariel Lewis is the owner of Airbrush Makeup by Ariel and the Alist. For information, visit or

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