I have a confession: I've been binge-watching a lot of TV lately. As if talking about my time with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp in yesterday's post wasn't enough, today I want to talk about Mad Men. Don't ask me why but there are some fantastic shows I never watched while they were on air that I seem to come around to once the final episode has come and gone. My first example of this was with Friday Night Lights, this time I'm getting into Mad Men. It's been less than a week of starting from season one, episode one and I'm already into season three. I love everything about the show…the era it's set in, the characters, the story lines, the relationships. My only issue is the current love/hate I feel towards Don. But I hear I'll come around to a full on love by the end of season seven.
So what does a show based in the 1960s have to do with current fall lip colors? Well, I've been feeling like added deeper color to my lips with the onset of fall and after digging through some of my shades of red lipsticks and glosses I couldn't help but think of Mad Men and the Belle Joile lipstick campaign that got Peggy into her copywriter role. "A basket full of kisses" is all I could think about as I sat down to write this post about 7 tips for wearing "fall lip colors."
Tip No. 1: Don’t be afraid to try the shades that scare you and have confidence. Fall is about the changing of leaves, getting cozy as the air gets crisp, and enjoying seasonal festivities, foods, and drinks. Let all the aspects of the season inspire you to try berry and apple-red lipstick colors. Even if you’ve never worn a bright lipstick in your life, don’t be afraid to go for it now. More often than not, the colors that scare you the most will be the ones that end up looking the best. Wearing a bold lip will might be a crisp contrast with the rest of your look but it’ll make you stand out and look confident (no matter how many layers you’ve got on).
Tip No. 2: Do be inspired by the red hues you like to wear…and the red wines you like to drink. I for one know that I like to wear tomato-red and burgundy colored clothes and accessories in the fall. Orangey-red things are fine in the summer when I have a bit of a tan, but true reds with a slight blue undertone and wine hues look best with my coloring in colder seasons. I was hesitant to first try burgundy colored lipsticks and glosses until I noticed that my lips had been stained from drinking red wine and that the deep colored wine stain wasn’t a bad look on my lips. One of my favorite red wines at the moment is Seven Daughters Rich Red. As a “winemakers blend” it’s a combination of several grape varieties and a really nice medium-bodied red – perfect for sipping this time of year, because it’s not too heavy but still rich and delicious.
Tip No. 3: Don’t worry about using lipliner. While pencils can help you trace your lip’s outline, fill in the shape, and act as a base for lipsticks and glosses, it’s not a “do or die” necessity when wearing lip color.
Tip No. 4: Do go easy on the eye make-up if you’re going bold with the lips. You know how people like to say that if you’re showing a lot of leg, you should keep your top half fairly covered, and vice versa? The same rule of thumb applies for lip color. I love how the lady characters in Mad Men usually have a clean line of eyeliner and swipe of mascara with a naked eyelid to balance the look of a bold lip.
Tip No. 5: Don’t freak if you get lipstick on your teeth. This happens, to all of us, especially after you’ve applied a fresh coat of color. One trick for avoiding it is to form an “O” with your lips, put your index finger through the “O,” and slowly pull it out. And then wash your hands so that excess lipstick or gloss doesn’t get somewhere other than your teeth. Second trick: apply in front of a mirror, smile a few times immediately after applying your lipstick, and wipe off any lipstick that shows up on those pearly whites.
Tip No. 6: Do make sure that you bring your shade with you to reapply. Even though the lipstick colors that are perfect for fall look super pigmented when you first put them on, prepare for the color to wear after an hour or two of wearing. By keeping your current color handy you can touch-up as needed.
Tip No. 7: Don’t get hung up about leaving kiss marks on glasses, cheeks, or lips. You’ll feel like such a lady as you leave behind a little lipstick while sipping wine or dabbing your mouth with a napkin. All the more reason to make sure you reapply!