10 Spring Wines and the Perfect Lipsticks to Wear While Sipping

Lipstick: We’ve discussed it before (namely, the best shades to last through a makeout sesh, and the colors you need to get through winter holiday drinks)…But with a new season, comes a new conversation. With the spring comes a new color palette…and as the temperatures rise, we’re celebrating with lighter, brighter lipstick shades. We’re not just looking for pretty pinks here — oh no — we made sure to pair wine with a host of the season’s best shades that also just happen to last through a glass or two. We consulted wine experts, and husband-and-wife team, Josh and Becca Shapiro, of Flatiron Wines, for their expert opinion on the wine side of things.

1. Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss in Sparkling Sugar pairs nicely with prosecco. Keep things balanced: with sugar on your lips, stick with crisp, dry bubbles in your glass. Drink With: Sommariva Prosecco di Conegliano Brut, NV

sonia kashuk2. Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Nude Pink pairs well with rosé. All day drinking requires all day lip wear! We recommend this classic french rosé, the perfect choice for sipping straight into sunset. Drink With: Commanderie de Peyrassol, Cotes de Provence Rose, 2014

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3. Marc Jacobs Beauty, Le Marc Lip Crème, Boy Gorgeous pairs well with rosé. A full-bodied, one-of-a-kind rosé is the perfect match for Marc Jacobs’s luxurious, ultra-hydrating and indulgent longlasting lip wear. Both are vibrant, dramatic, and opulent. Drink With: Chateau Simone, Palette Rose, 2013

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4. 100% Pure, Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick, Magnolia pairs with champagne. The purest form of sparkling wine–Champagne of course! This elegant and defined Grand Reserve will help any lady feel young. Drink With: NV Clouet Grand Reserve

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5. Nars Sheer Lipstick in Liguria pairs with prosecco. A bone-dry, Italian sparkling from a Ligurian producer pairs perfectly with this translucent and sophisticated lip color. Sheer, lightweight, and ultra-fresh. Drink With: Bisson, Vino Frizzante Trevigiana “Glera”, 2011

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6. Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color, Lilac Pairs with Sauvignon Blanc. Bright, fresh, and ready for spring! This pop of color on the lip is perfect with this zippy white. Drink With: Shinn Estate Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, “First Fruit”, 2014

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7. Gucci Lip Luxurious Moisture-Rich Lipstick, Exposure pairs with champagne. If you’re wearing Gucci on your lips, you better pair it with vintage Champagne. Expose your palate to an elegant wine with richness and elegance. Drink With: 2008 Andre Clouet

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8. TopShop Lips in Infrared pairs with a cool red. Chill those hot, infrared lips down with a cool red wine. Best served with a slight chill, this earthy wine with a hint of tobacco will keep you cool even when you’re looking smokin’ hot. Drink With: DeForville, Dolcetto d’Alba, 2013

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9. By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm Lipstick – Flush Contour pairs with red. Even on a warm day you can stay chic in this deeply tinted, moisturizing balm while sipping on this complex cru Beaujolais. This red wine is best served at cellar temp–or 55 degrees. Drink with: Jean-Paul Thevenet, Morgon “Vieilles Vignes”, 2013

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10. Butter London, Teddy Boy Lippy Tinted Balm pairs with white. This bright color is perfect to throw on as you head out to meet friends for springtime brunch. Try it with this lightly effervescent white that has just enough sparkle to get your day started. Drink With: Ameztoi, Txakolina, 2013

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Naked Versus Nude: The Hot Lip Look of the Season

Designers from Givenchy to Versace sent models stalking down their fall runways sporting something a bit naked… it wasn’t that the lips had nothing on them at all, but they were definitely nude.

Think a swipe of flattering, elegant, subtle color, not too far off from your own.

Whatever your skin tone, there’s a shade out there to enhance it. Check out some of our favorites below:

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Nude Pink


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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy in Insatiable Ivory


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Nars Audacious Lipstick in Barbara

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy in Impulsive

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy in Irresistible

Josilyn (DNA) wears Isabel Marant shearling vest.

Photographer: Adeline Mai
Fashion and Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Makeup Artist: Mariko Hirano

How to Be Jenna Lyons — Starting with the Impeccable Lipstick

Whether or not you consider J.Crew’s modern-tomboy-with-a-dash-of-sequins-and-glam aesthetic to be in tune with you own, I think we can all agree that there’s something endlessly chic about those perfectly put together, un-fussy dream girls in their catalogs (and on spokesmodel executive creative director Jenna Lyons).

While J.Crew has made small entrees into the beauty world, none has been quite as custom as the new six-piece lipstick collection from the artist who does the looks himself, Troi Ollivierre. 

Aside from the J.Crew associations, Ollivierre notes what makes the look special. Of the looks he creates for J.Crew he told T Magazine, “Even when we add a pop of color to the lips, we try to keep it looking clean. I felt like a lot of the matte colors on the market tended to be dry and heavy, so I wanted to create a highly saturated, pigmented, matte, luxe lipstick that is moisturizing and feels weightless.” So his offerings will focus on just that–bright mattes that while saturated and colorful, still feel fresh and clean.


The collection will begin with six shades. Four colors are available for preorder on Olliverre’s site, while two will be sold exclusively at J.Crew.

Get Custom Lipstick Made Just for You at Bite Beauty Lab. Treat. Yo. Self.

So many options. Thankfully Brigid, who’s mixing the lipstick, knows what she’s doing

Being that we’re all unique and special snowflakes, we each deserve completely custom lipstick to enhance our gorgeous, individual faces. So where to turn when a gal wants to treat herself to a new, special shade?

Using mostly organic and natural materials, Bite Beauty Lab in Soho lets you choose everything from the color, depth, finish, packaging, to even the scent of the lipstick you’re creating on site. Basically, it’s the Build-a-Bear for beauty loving ladies.

This is the story of how I decided to treat myself to the perfect, custom shade of lipstick:

Options for the finish

The Bite-mosphere

Mixing up the medicine

The finished product! …Just kidding. The winning color combo.

Pick a smell, any smell…

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Just chillin — the mixture and mold go on ice to set

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The final product! I call it “Daytime Sorceress” because it’s my lipstick and I can name it whatever I want

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 Bite Beauty Lab is located at 174 Prince Street, New York, NY

Want more ways to Treat Yo Self? Get your luxury on here.

Get on Instagram for Audacious New NARS Lippy


Never enough NARS is what I say. So I was pretty excited to hear about FORTY (count ’em) new shades the company’s just released under the line AUDACIOUS.

And what’s better than new lipstick? New lipstick that’s free.

The 40 colors break down into six categories: nude, pink, coral, red, violet, and wine–modeled gorgeously by Charlotte Rampling in the campaign.

So you wanna get your hands on some? Here’s what you do: Get on Instagram (obviously!), snap a selfie, and #hashtag #NARSissist plus #thecolorfamilyyourewearing (i.e. #wine). (See all the official rules here.)

Six winners (one from each category) will win the whole range of their color category–that’s up to eight colors. Ready, set, ‘GRAM.

Air Kissing, Real Kissing, and Turkey: The Lipstick Test

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas fast approaching after that, it’s about that time for my seasonal red lip to start making its appearance.  Not usually one to wear more than a swipe of tinted lip balm, putting on red lipstick is my way of acknowledging the festive and joyful nature of the holiday season, and also coincidentally brightening up a complexion that has been dulled from the lack of sleep and stress also associated with the season.

This year, having lost the red lipstick that I stole from my mother an embarrassingly long time ago, I found myself in need of a new holiday lip color. And as this is the only time of year I wear it, I wanted it to be perfect a.k.a. turn me into a well-rested holiday goddess, you know? Thanks to some brief beauty stalking and a group text among my more lipstick savvy friends, I narrowed down my possible holiday lipsticks to four contenders. All of which were put to an extensive holiday test. The following results are gleaned from rigorous scientific assessments including: champagne sipping, four course dining, all day shopping, air kissing, real kissing and other arduous holiday activities.

The all-day, it’s not a sprint it’s a marathon, holiday shopping lipstick:

MAC matte lipstick in Russian Red is bold, bright and begets the necessary confidence to power through your gift list (excuse me, Jonathan Trager, but those gloves are mine.) The blue-red color is reminiscent of the bygone era of pin-up models and produces a similar sense of glamour. Its matte formula gives it amazing staying power that won’t give out on that last trip down 5th avenue. And should you bring your girlfriends along, air-kiss away as the color stays firmly on your lips and won’t magically appear on her cheeks.

The holiday work party lipstick:

Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Matte By Kate Moss in 01 is a deeper, more sultry red than the aforementioned MAC iteration. The color complements rather than overpowers. It’s smooth, velvety application is surprisingly moisturizing, hiding any imperfections. Infused with black diamonds (yep) it produces a delicate sheen that doesn’t come across as overtly glossy. You can chat up your boss without worrying about your lipstick migrating to your teeth, as once applied it doesn’t budge. Though it fades faster than the other lipsticks tested I imagine that’s the perfect excuse to bow out gracefully after a few hours… because work parties can sometimes be a sprint – toward the door, not the booze please.

The going-out-and-hopefully-I-find-some-mistletoe lipstick:

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Showstopper is subtle and still playful. It’s also the most approachable and kissable lipstick according to my boyfriend who also was pleased with its sugary taste. Thanks to monoi butter and the glossy gel formula your lips look as soft and as plump as they feel. The warm brownish undertones ease the intensity of wearing a red lipstick and the super hydrating gel formula catches and reflects light, giving the illusion of super full pillow-y lips. It’s rich – perfect for a night on the town. It also fades to a pretty stain that lasts through the night (and maybe even the next morning…)

The if-I-could-bring-one-thing-to-the-island Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner lipstick:

Tom Ford Lip Color in Rouge Fatal is the absolute perfect holiday lip color. One swipe and I feel instantly put together, my entire face glowing with that holiday magic. The rich, creamy formula goes on easy and makes my lips look full and smooth. The color is warm and bright without being overwhelming. The luminous glossy finish easily transitions from day to night. The color didn’t bleed or feather and thus didn’t require constant trips to the powder room. From dinner to champagne, it stayed vibrant and left only a little residue on my glass. Like holiday cheer in a tube Tom Ford Rouge Fatal is my new go to when in need of a reminder of how lovely the holidays really are and how much a lipstick can really do.

Photo: John Brian Pierce

Azealia Banks Gets Her Own MAC Lipstick

There’s many metrics of when you’ve finally "made it" and one of them is when you get your own MAC lipstick. So congratulations, Azealia Banks: the Harlem-born rapper is the face of the limited edition Yung Rapunxel, a trendy matte plum lipstick.

Yung Rapunxel is available September 6 to 20 at MAC stores on on maccosmetics.com. How convenient that Azealia Banks is also performing at the MAC store in SoHo for Fashion’s Night Out!

She joins other MAC girls like Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga who’ve gotten their own limited edition lipsticks. Damn, MAC is putting out lippies faster than we can wear them.

Flashback: Time to Revisit ‘90s Lipstick?

The lipstick scene has been blindingly bright of late. Sassy fuchsia and optimistic reds seem to be all the rage for bubbly girls-about-town, but what I want to know is: what shade of lipstick do you wear when you’re feeling broody and existentially conflicted?

At times like these, I yearn for the ‘90s—a time when you could convey your misgivings about the state of the world with a simple swipe of brown-tinged lip product. From My So-Called Life to Reality Bites, stylish-but-skeptical girls voiced their angst through matte lips in shades ranging from dusty raisins to vampiric crimsons.

In the years following, brown lipsticks somehow fell by the wayside, relegated to the makeup bags of mob wives and wannabe beatniks. But today, change is in the air. The ‘90s revival is well underway on runways from Paris to New York, so why not extend the movement to beauty? This seems like an appropriate moment to revisit the daringly deep lips of what just may prove to be the most (retroactively) stylish decade ever.


Get the look below:

  1. Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Raspberry Bite
  2. NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Fire Down Below
  3. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Black Cherry
  4. Beauty Is Life Lipstick in Bechee
  5. MAC Tinted Lipglass in Desire