Did you know that CVS is producing its own makeup now? Yup, it's true, and its latest endeavor is a passel of lip treatments called, logically, Focus on Lips. I'm always on the hunt for good, inexpensive drugstore products, so I decided to give the line a trial run. They make everything from a peppermint lip gloss (almost exactly like C.O. Bigelow's) to a scuffer to primer. Want to know how the store brand stacks up? Just keep reading.
Katy Perry looked darling at the 2010 Grammy Awards with her soft pink pout, and you can re-create this look in just three easy steps thanks to this tutorial from makeup artist Sam Salk. Get red carpet ready with these pretty-in-pink lip products: Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Potpourri ($19), NARS Lip Lacquer in Baby Doll ($24), and a lip brush. Watch now to see more!
I really like this sharpener. It works well, was cheap and makes my eye pencils very defined. [I'm] very pleased.
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There are so many lip liners out there, and the colors and textures can get a little mind-boggling. That's why it's great when someone finds something they love, like reader ineedcaffeine has. She's head over heels for Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil ($24), and says:
"I am helpless when it comes to matching lip pencils with lipsticks. I always seem to get it wrong, so thankfully Kevyn Aucoin created this pencil. It's almost the same exact color as my lips, so I can wear it with anything. I use it to outline my lips and color them in (sometimes) and my lipsticks/lip gloss stay on basically all day. It's the perfect lip liner if you can't seem to match. "
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The May issue of W has a '60s-inspired photo shoot that's inspired by one of my least favorite beauty icons, Brigitte Bardot. (Yes, she was physically attractive, but five indictments for "inciting racial hatred" spoil it for me.) Model Lara Stone shares her trademark gap-toothed pout as always, but this time it's haloed with that '90s throwback look: dark lip liner surrounding pale lipstick.
Fashion editorials usually push the boundaries, so don't expect this style to roar back for everyday wear anytime soon. Then again, I wouldn't have thought that acid wash jeans would be the hot style for PYTs, either, so what do I know? I'll enjoy seeing this look in magazines, but for real life, I'll pass. And you?
A few weeks ago I picked one of my favorite drugstore classics, Wet 'n' Wild Creme Lipliner Pencil ($1.50) in Brandywine (#666, ooh, scary!). While sifting through the display, I also purchased Willow (#712), another flattering shade in the line. Reader Michlny and I must be thinking alike, as she recently reviewed this go-to liner, giving it four out of five stars. Here's what she had to say:
My $.99 Wet 'n' Wild works just as well as my MAC liners. If you're looking to spend less — liner is a great place to start. . . I find myself sharpening the Wet 'n' Wild a bit more, so it gets used up more quickly. But, who cares? They're so cheap.
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