Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Color in Stunning
Chanel makes similar shades, but I think the secret to Stunning, for me at least, is that it has a hint of brown, which makes the color blend in with my complexion, rather than creating a sharp contrast the way many of the others do.
If I want to deepen the color even more, I fill in my lips first with a brown lip liner. Stunning was sold out at the newly re-opened SOHO store, and on the Chanel site for many weeks, but I asked the store staff to call if they got a new shipment, which they did for the SOHO gloss "Stunt," and I kept checking the site, and finally scored one. I hope Chanel will decide to make this collection permanent, especially the lipstick and lipgloss, since these colors make great basics.
I discovered makeup artist Lisa Eldridge's website a few months ago and have really learned a lot from her videos. My latest favorites cover make-up removal and creating a look with dark lipstick. I found that some dark lipsticks made me look ghoulish, but she provided a solution for that. I know - you're probably saying, "don't use them!" But I wanted to adapt the look for myself and learned how from her video. She's also done videos showing how to create other looks, on makeup brushes, and skincare. I also really appreciate that she includes tips for women of color.
By the way, Urban Decay goes on sale Monday at Hautelook; here's an invitation. Be sure to get there early. Some products sold out in minutes the last time. Rescue Beauty Lounge is having its annual 5-hour 50% off sale November 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. And Clarins is on sale at Gilt Groupe until midnight, November 1st - here's an invitation.