Sunday Shopping: Oxblood

The second in a four-part series on fall essentials, this week the focus is oxblood. Up for next week’s Sunday Shopping post? Plaid—my favorite pattern this season.

Sunday Shopping Oxblood

1. Topshop Blazer and Trousers

2. Zara Structured Shopper with Pocket

3. Zara Patent-Leather Heels

4. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish

5. DP Structured Blazer (Such a Steal and Currently On Sale!)

6. Maje Stretch Mini Dress

7. Miss Selfridge Felt Fedora

8. All Saints Leather Pencil Skirt

9. Topshop Brogue Ankle Boots

The Right Red

I sound like a broken record, but I hate heavy makeup. Nor am I into makeup hoarding—the discreet destroyer of your medicine cabinet (…and bathroom shelves, and bathroom counter, and bedroom floor, and nightstand drawer…).

In truth, I stick to a teensy number of carefully curated basics (that I’ll be outlining in a later post). One item I do go all-out with when the mood strikes? Red lipstick, ladies.

Nailing down the right rouge is a challenge, and I’ve tested more pigments and textures than I can type. I have a loving relationship with three lipsticks, all by different brands, that pack different punch depending on how intense I want my red lip to look. Each one, when discovered, made me send a shout out to the makeup gods.

Finding The Right Red Lipstick

1. The Dewey Sheen

This post from my favorite beauty site inspired me purchase Medieval by Lipstick Queen. Medieval is carry-with-you-everywhere lip color that adds a barely there rose tint to your pout. Like a chic cherry Chapstick, Medieval gives lips a healthy flush of moisturizing color without over accentuating them.

2. The Matte Stain

Rock a stronger rouge with NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. For you naturally gorgeous gals whose makeup routine entails one measly swipe of mascara, applying this pencil (that I posted about last year in a different color) is effortless. Dot it on your lips to create a slight stain that you can darken by continually dabbing. It will stay put through multiple morning coffee runs.

 3. The Vampy Statement

If you’re going for it—and I mean really going for it—this head-turning lip color would make Marilyn Monroe proud. YSL’s Grenat Satisfaction glides on smooth and dries matte (a rarity for rich lipsticks). A little trick I learned from an editorial makeup artist? To prevent the color from bleeding, take an angled make-up brush and swipe concealer around the outermost edge of your lips before applying. This ensures the pigment will stay in the lines.