You Asked, We Answered: How To Wear Fall's Wine Lip

There are some things that are ubiquitous for fall, like the season's favorite beauty trend: the rich, wine-hued lip. We saw it on the fall runways at Vera Wang, Derek Lam, and Miu Miu, just to name a few, and models and non-models alike are sporting their versions of the grapey-goth color. So, how can we make it unique?
Kristen O. from New York asks, “Although I am all over this season’s trendiest wine lip, I have never been one for a perfectly painted dark lip. How can I rock the trend in a less aggressive way?”
Since wine hues are bold by color, tracing it in with a lip liner can make it seem much more aggressive. For something a little more unique and sexy, try the blurred-lip technique that was at Marni Fall '13 and Ohne Titel Spring '14. The lips were still dark, but the edges were soft, looking almost out of focus. It’s the perfect solution for those who are overwhelmed by a super dark lip or who want to try something edgy and modern. For my easy how-to on trying out this technique, read on.

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Step 1: Use a damp towel or washcloth to scrub your lips for a few seconds. Next, apply a moisturizing lip primer (I love Ilia Lip Conditioner in Balmy Day). Leave it on for a few seconds before wiping off the excess.
Step 2: Choose a color that suits you. For something sheer and creamy, I love Armani’s Rouge d’Armani Sheer 602. If you like something with high pigment and a matte effect, try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Dahlia (shown here).
Step 3: Dab a lip brush on your lipstick.
Step 4: Apply the color to the center of your lips and blend outward towards the lip line. The key to achieving this blurred lip is blending. Then switching to your finger (I use my ring finger), blend and pat the color in evenly with the concentration of color in the center of the lips.
Step 5: Use a Q-tip to blend the color along the lip line.
And, voila! You've got yourself one sexy, and might I say, easy blurred lip. To match, I'd recommend going with fresh dewy skin and a few dabs of concealer to allow the bold lip to take the stage. For day, I think a wine lip looks best on clean, sun-kissed skin and no eye makeup. For night, just add a thin cat-eye with a black winged tip.
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