Celeb makeup artist Joanna Schlip, spokesperson for Physician's Formula, loves the idea of shimmery gold eye makeup (or copper or bronze if you have medium or dark skin) paired with bold-hued lips. And the key to those deep red or deep berry lips, says Schlip, who you might have spotted on "Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist," or "Style Her Famous," is lip stain as the base. A stain applied on lips before lipstick or gloss will help to prevent that skanky intense-colour lip rim that happens as the lipstick or gloss wears away from the centre of your mouth.
Lip stains to try: CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain ($9.99 CAN), which can be built up into seriously rich colour; Joe Fresh Lip Stain ($8 CAN), which comes in a gorgeous deep berry; The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain ($14 CAN); Benefit Benetint PocketPal ($25 CAN); and a host of other brands including Urban Decay, Stila and Givenchy from Sephora. Stains are also a great base under sheer tinted gloss for women with little or no natural pigment in their lips, by the by. The finish isn't as thick as lipstick or lip gloss over liner, and you can mix and match hues -- pink gloss over coral stain, gold gloss over pink, etc.
Of course you can wear a stain by itself, layered on to create more intensity. Unless you eat greasy party snacks, it'll stay put better than lipstick or gloss.