1 Perfect Winter Lipstick, 3 Hot Outfits



UPDATE: Hot date tonight? Wow your S.O. with this go-get-'em shade of lipstick. This story was originally published on January 25.

It's somewhat tough to look chic in NYC these days, what with our eyelashes freezing together and our hair matting to our heads post-hat removal. But, there's a surprisingly easy solution to your woes. Just load on the lipstick—it's one beauty ritual that's Mother Nature-proof.

Yes, a bold lippy is the no-fail way to stay polished in the chill, and we've gone above and beyond to round up three chic outfits to go with the must-try shade. Moody, sophisticated, and a little bit sexy, a deep, bitten burgundy pumps up the wow-factor—no tricks up the (puffer coat) sleeve necessary.

If you think you can't pull it off, we're here to prove you wrong. Sure, these three low-risk, high-impact looks are great on their own, but with the added dimension of a stare-worthy smoocher, we dare you not to turn heads. (Yes, even in spite of that hair.)

pastels
To Make Pastels Weather Appropriate
We love breaking a few "rules" and wearing lights and whites during the winter. One way to make this look work, even in this kind of cold, is by balancing the softer colors with your new beauty BFF, the dark lip. It gives the outfit a bit of a kick so your sweet duds aren't too sugary.

Clockwise, from top left: T. Babaton Ryan Wool Coat, $197.50, available at Aritzia; Sartoria Vico Hat, $30, available at Yoox; Joseph Knitted Jacquard Sweater, $485, available at Net-A-Porter; H&M Skinny Low Jeans, $16, available at H&M; Jimmy Choo Tokyo Sneaker, $481.05, available at Far Fetch; Vincent Longo Demi Matte Velour Lipstick, $23, available at Nordstrom.

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90s
To Go A Little '90s Grunge
We love the '90s just as much as the next Kurt Cobain enthusiast and one chic way to show our throwback appreciation is by adding a burgundy bite to an already tough look. It takes the outfit to the next level without making it a costume. This option is great for day-to-night wear, so now all you've got to do is rock on. And on...

Clockwise, from top left: Vincent Longo Demi Matte Velour Lipstick, $23, available at Nordstrom; Chicnova Leather Biker Jacket, $119.40, available at Chicnova; Topshop Mix and Match Shift Dress, $92, available at Topshop; Urban Expressions Catherine Cross Body Bag, $29.95, available at DSW; Tilly's Fleece Lined Tights, $9.99, available at Tilly's; Alexander Wang Daria Distressed High Combat Boots, $630, available at Opening Ceremony.
vampyDate
To Become A Vampy Date
No, no, we're not saying you should go all Bella on us, but vamping it up a bit definitely has its place in the dating scene. Add a deep lip to any nighttime outfit for some insta-polish-ification. We especially love it when mixing dark black and blue hues — talk about taking the sexy mood into a sophistication zone, too.

Clockwise, from top left: Vincent Longo Demi Matte Velour Lipstick, $23, available at Nordstrom; Dorothy Perkins Patterned Shift Dress, $44, available at Dorothy Perkins; Paul & Joe Sister Bambin Knitted Coat, $254.38, available at My Wardrobe; DANNIJO Lovisa Earrings, $445, available at DANNIJO; Cole Haan Metallic Envelope Clutch, $73.95, available at Cole Haan; Saint Laurent Booties, $930, available at Ssense.