The key to maintaining a nude lip? “Lip liner — all the time,” says Melissa Butler, the CEO and founder of Detroit-based vegan cosmetics company The Lip Bar, who opts for liners in warmer tones than her go-to nude lip color. “Liners help create a separation between your face and lips, giving neutral shades more definition.” If you’re wearing a gloss, the added layer of pigment also ensures that your lips will be coated in color should your sheer formula fade away. Simply trace the outer lines of your lips then pencil in the rest and top with the nude shade of your choice. Try Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in Beige Nude, $18. sephora.com and The Lip Bar Lip Gloss in HBIC, $14. thelipbar.com.
Bed of Rosé
For the corporate woman attending a business-related cocktail hour, “I always suggest something matte,” Butler says. “She’s not trying to refresh her lipstick when in a boys’ club environment. Matte formulas are packed with pigment and last all day.” While Butler touts matte lip colors for their no-budge nature, she also recognizes that the oft-drying formula isn’t for everyone. “If you’re into more of a moisturizing texture, go for a product with a satin finish.” She recommends adding lip balm to your daily skincare routine and allowing it to absorb for several minutes. Then, blot, apply lipstick, blot again, and reapply. “You’ll have a tint of color that’ll last all night.” We love The Lip Bar Liquid Matte in As If and Lipstick in MILF, $13 each. thelipbar.com.
Top row from left: Nars Gold Anita Audacious Lipstick, $34. at Sephora; Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Satin Pinkini, $12. soapandglory.com; Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip Color in Orchid Soleil, $60. at sephora.com; Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Matte Lipstick in Burnished Rose, $50. at Saks Fifth Avenue, 2901 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy; 248-643-9000; saksfifthavenue.com
Row 2 from left: Ardell Beauty Hydra Lipstick in Slipped Away, $10. ardellbeauty.com; Tarte Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick in Salt Lyfe, $21. tartecosmetics.com; Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Satin Pinkini, (see above); Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip Color in Orchid Soleil, (see above).
Row 3 from left: Chanel Rouge Coco in Daylight, $37. chanel.com; Ardell Beauty Hydra Lipstick in Slipped Away, (see above); Axiology Lipstick in Instinct, $30. axiologybeauty.com; Urban Decay Naked Heat Vice Lipstick in Scorched, $17. at Sephora
Row 4 from left: Sassy Lips Lipstick Color in When Your Crush Walks In, $25. sassylips.us; Dior Rouge Dior Double Rouge in Coup de Chic, $35. dior.com; Sassy Lips Lipstick Color in When Your Crush Walks In, (see above); Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip Color in Orchid Soleil, (see above).
Row 5 from left: Axiology Lipstick in Instinct, (see above); Tarte Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick in Salt Lyfe, (see above); Axiology Lipstick in Instinct, (see above); Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Matte Lipstick in Burnished Rose, (see above).
Dark and Stormy
“Stains and liquid lipsticks in deep pigments are so great for cocktails season,” Butler says. “If you sleep in them, you’ll wake up in them! That’s the kind of staying power you need to survive networking events where hors d’oeuvres and drinks are going to be passed throughout the night.” Ensuring the longest wear of a liquid formula starts with the proper application. “First, be sure your lips are completely dry — if you apply to wet lips, liquid lipsticks will become splotchy.” In other words: Hold off on your drink of choice until after you’ve put the finishing touch on your makeup regimen. She recommends The Lip Bar Liquid Matte in Drama Queen, $13. thelipbar.com.
From top: Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnet in Night Viper, $38. armanibeauty.com; L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Deeply Disturbed, $8. at drugstores; NYX Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Biker Babe, $8. at drugstores; Lancôme Paris Matte Shaker in Dark Fiction, $22. lancome-usa.com; Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone Lipstick in Berry Ombré, $24. smashbox.com.
Wardrobe Styled by Linda Immediato
Hair by Serena Radaelli / Cloutier Remix
Makeup by Jo Strettel / The Magnet Agency
Model: Ashton Flutey / Freedom Models
Location: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.