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Dominant Lips: Stay in the Minimum Zone for the Maximum Impact

Nov 15, 2017 04:19PM ● By Erin Edmiston

IF YOU WERE TO ASK ME what my favorite season of the year would be, I would absolutely without any hesitation say fall. There’s something about the crisp fall air, the pumpkin spice lattés, and the oversized sweaters that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Not only do all of these things make me very happy, but fall makeup trends do, too, and I’m here to share a few of my favorite fall makeup looks with you.

 You can never go wrong with a dark pop of color on your lips during the fall months. Well, actually you can, but if done correctly you’ll be turning heads all season long! My favorite lip trend right now is the “wine lip.”

This typically looks like a beautiful Malbec hue with a hint of pink. I like to stay neutral with the rest of my look when topping it off with a bold lip like this. Your lips are the statement in this creation and you don’t want any other part of your face competing for the attention. When rocking a bold wine inspired lip, keep your wardrobe neutral as well. It’s important to have a natural looking palette to complement your lip color. Incorporating too much color could clash with your idea.

As mentioned above, keeping the rest of your look neutral is key to pulling off this fall look successfully. When it comes to the rest of your makeup, less is more! Keep your blush to a more mauve color palette and stay away from the smoldering smokey-eye. Most eye colors look great with natural stone tones. Try using creams, coppers, beiges, and tan pigments when creating your eyeshadow look. This will help tie your whole look together. If you’re not much of a shadow person, don’t fret! Slap on some dark black mascara and lightly line your top lid with a brown liner and voila!

With the holiday season right around the corner, here are my two cents when it comes to getting all fancied up for your family traditions. I emphasized the idea of bold lips for the fall season and I think that trend transitions perfectly into the holiday season as well. There is nothing better than a bright red lip paired with a subtle black lined upper eyelid.

I like to keep this look neutral as well because the pop of red is so dominant, which is why I prefer lining one lid instead of two! If you’re going to rock this look at your family’s Dirty Santa game night, keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum. Similar to the fall makeup trends mentioned above, less is more when creating this look. Your red lip should be the focal point of your face. Consider using a light bronzer to give extra color on your cheeks instead of using blush. The pink hues in most blushes might clash with your red lips.

When choosing the appropriate red lip color, look for a stain-like product that won’t dry out your lips. Typically, we spend most of our time during the holidays around the kitchen table so having a long-lasting lip color is important! I highly recommend a color that is applied like a gloss but dries as a matte. Typically, these types of lip products have more moisture in them so you won’t have to deal with cracked and flaky lips. Top this look off with your favorite hairstyle and newest outfit and you’ll be ready to take this holiday season by storm!


Erin Edmiston is the owner of The Skin Suite which offers professional skincare products and esthetic services. As a Licensed Esthetician, she truly enjoys helping people look and feel their best. She is a former Miss Louisiana, Top 15 Finalist in Miss USA 2012, and fashion model. To learn more visit:

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