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Fall beckons and that means ditching your brighter pink lip colors for more muted, natural tones. With six different shades, ranging from pink to beige to mauve, Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos is your perfect purchase for the oncoming season. Because I adore lip crayons, it’s the formula of this Lip Stylo that truly captured my attention — it has a full-coverage formula that delivers a beautiful satin finish.

You can buy Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos for $30 at

Every decade’s trends are eventually recycled; whether it’s hair trends, clothes, or even makeup, everything comes full circle and finds its way back into the limelight. So it’s no surprise to see the 90s look come back, including flannel shirts tied around the waist, denim on denim outfits and more — I feel like I’ve fallen into an episode of Boy Meets World or Blossom. Over the past couple of months I have been anxiously awaiting the reemerging of 90s hairstyles and makeup, and fortunately for me the wait is over. With summer coming to an end and fall right around the corner, the darker nail colors and makeup palettes have come out and along with it came a very familiar lip shade. The 90s were all about nude, apricot and purplish maroon lips and two of my favorite cosmetics companies have come out with lipsticks and shades I can not wait to wear like it’s 1999!

The first one is the Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Muse. This deep reddish brown is something that was very big in the 90s, the only thing missing in the thick lipliner that went with it 20 years ago! My second favorite lipstick is the limited-edition Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Ce Soir. This color belongs more in the purple family and is great for the daytime, but this one you have to be very careful with; unlike the first color that can easily go with any skin tone, this one can completely drown out a person with fair skin.

Regardless of what people may think about 90s fashion and makeup, I am beyond excited that this trend is coming back, both as a makeup artist and girl who loves to wear makeup! May the grunge look live on!


I will openly admit that Scandal has become my guilty pleasure TV fix. But it’s been a lesser-known secret (until now that is) that I am obsessed with Kerry Washington’s lips. They always look so flawlessly glossy and lined and sometimes natural and sometimes bright, but always absolutely perfect! So I did some digging around on the Internet and discovered that the makeup artists on the show are huge fans of Tarte and Clinique products on all of the Scandal starlets. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Whole Lotta Honey is one of their fave go-tos (they also mentioned using Fuller Fig, Woppin Watermelon, Mighty Mimosa and Bountiful Blush). But to get just the right amount of color under that layer of soft shine, they use Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Buff as a base layer. 

You can buy Clinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Color Balm for $16 at and Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster for $24 at

Photo Credit: ABC/Richard Cartwright


A rapidly growing trend we’ve seen has been the bright lip, whether it’s red, coral, or even purple. More and more celebrities and everyday women have been embracing the bright colors of this season. Now this is something not everyone will be comfortable with, but there are different varieties of this look that women can tweak to make it work for them. And I’ve personally tried all three so I know they work!

The Red Lip
The first and most obvious choice is a red lip, this is definitely the most daring and the biggest statement. The best thing about the red lip is it can be paired with pretty much any look, whether it’s more of an edgy style like we’ve seen Miley Cyrus do or wanting to stay more classic like Rita Ora (above) this can be transformed into anything. This makeup look is one of my favorites with a ripped pair of jeans and a simple white tee. When doing this, be sure to keep the rest of your makeup simple, with minimal eye makeup because the red lip should be the thing that draws all the attention. My recommendation for this lip is the MAC Viva La Glam color.

The Pink Lip
If you think red is way too much of a statement for you, then try a pink or fuchsia lip and top it off with a clear lip gloss. This look will give you the funky edge you want without being over-the-top. Also, this lip color is perfect for every woman who loves bright neons and it works for both days and nights. My preference for this lip is to wear it only at night, but paired with the right outfit you can definitely rock it in daylight. Similar to the red lip, having this bright color reduces the need for a lot of eye makeup so try to use a mineral nude shadow, a medium brown for the crease and a deep brown for the corners. For this color, MAC Impassioned lipstick is a great option.

Bright Lip Balm
For those of you who are a little reluctant to trying something as bold as a red or pink lip, there is a more subtle option for you to ease into these other colors or for your daytime look. Using a moisture stick or lip balm in a brighter color will give the same effect without being over the top. The best thing for me about this option is that it allows you to do a more smoky eye, that will allow it to work for a nighttime look as well. Recommendation for this is the Clinique Chubby Stick, it comes it a great red and pink color that will give you a less drastic bright lip. 

Finally, the warm weather has arrived and everyone is ready to hit the beach with a cold drink. Whether your plan is an exotic escape or to simply lay in your backyard soaking in the sun, the summer is great, but unfortunately the heat also can bring on major problems with your makeup. The humidity alone can turn the perfectly even foundation you just applied into flakes that seem to fall off the minute you walk out of your door. Despite the fact you put on the perfect amount, the cake look that is now all over your face gives off the impression that you have no idea how to apply makeup properly. Not only is foundation a major problem, but eye makeup can be a nightmare. Wearing the wrong mascara to a friend’s pool or the beach can immediately give you raccoon eyes after emerging from a quick dip. 

Now, my motto in the summer is to always keep makeup simple, being too done up during this season just doesn’t seem practical and, honestly, it can make you seem kind of foolish. Luckily, the wonderful professionals understand this concept and have made some amazing products to help spare you from runny mascara and caked up faces.


First things first, your lips. A lot of women have a problem with dry or chapped lips, so naturally when the heat gets involved this problem can become even larger. It is important to make sure your summertime lip balm has SPF in it, this will allow your lips to stay hydrated while protecting them from the sun. The Naked Green Tea Lip Balm with 15 SPF is one of my favorites, it keeps lips smooth and tastes/smells great! 


On to the face! Now the best thing to do to avoid your skin turning to cake is to use a tinted sunscreen foundation. My go-to is the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20. This is the best way to avoid embarrassing makeup malfunctions while protecting your skin from sun damage and it comes in a variety of shades. 


Next up is the eyes! Waterproof mascara is important to have not only for pool parties or for sweating on hot summer days, but for weddings, anniversaries, or any event you think you will be crying at. My favorite one is Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara. I have used it at dance recitals, on hot days and at weddings and, trust me, it does an amazing jobs at stopping the streaks!


Finally, and probably the most important to me, is oil blotters! I have a pretty oily complexion, which I’ve always heard is great because it helps prevent wrinkles and keeps your skin looking younger, but for now, it’s terrible because having a shiny look is never a desirable thing and when the heat comes rolling in it become even harder to control. Luckily for me and women who share my problem, these thin sheets usually come in a pack that can fit in your purse, and they instantly save the day when your T-zone is a little out of control. The Neutrogena Deep Clean Long Last Shine Control Blotting Sheets are my favorite and they really do seem to get all the oil from deep within your pores.

These simple things are great ways to ensure your skin and face stay healthy and refreshed all summer long.

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