At the moment I’m obsessed with two matte velvet lip pencils from NARS. I either swipe them on and then blot with my finger for an unfussy stain or counterproductively, pair them with a gloss. The benefit of layering a gloss is that it easily hides any imperfections of the pencil application and adds staying power. Train Bleu is a deep plum, while Damned is a blue-toned red with a hint of purple. If I’m going the gloss route I’ll pair them with either Bad Education or Penny Arcade, also by NARS.
By Julia Casella
Dark lips are forever. Classic and chic yet vampy and mischievous, a dark lip takes you from plain to insane. Here is some inspiration.
NARS velvet matte lip pencils ($24), NARS Larger than Life Lip Gloss in Penny Arcade ($26) and Nars Lip Gloss in Bad Education ($24) are available at sephora.com.