After years of soft, sheer glosses’ dominating the beauty market, strong lips are taking center stage again. The new richly pigmented formulas seem to take their cues from Hollywood’s golden age. “Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, even Jessica Rabbit — when you think of these women, their plump, pillowy, color-saturated lips are what come to mind,” says Blair Patterson, director of global makeup artistry for Estée Lauder.
What the new lipsticks don’t share with their older counterparts is a tendency to dry out lips. Today’s creamy varieties are packed with pigments (making it possible to get full coverage with just one swipe) and often boast moisturizing humectants, like hyaluronic acid (“your lips’ best friend,” says Patterson).
To balance bold tones, go for equally bold brows. “You were born with the brow that’s right for you. Work with that thickness to hone the arch,” says Los Angeles celebrity eyebrow specialist Anastasia Soare. As for the rest of your face, apply a quick brush of mascara and leave the rest relatively untouched — all the better to spotlight these two attention-grabbing stars.
Plump It Up
Step out of your comfort zone. “If warm hues are your go-to, stick with them,” says Patterson. “Just take it up a notch or two.”
Antioxidants in pomegranate extract keep lips nourished.
Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipstick, in You Kid, $50, lipstickqueen.com
Light waxes ensure color won’t bleed into lip lines.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick, in So Marilyn, $32, charlottetilbury.com
Brazilian murumuru butter imparts an ultra-creamy texture.
Tom Ford lip color, in Plum Lush, $50, tomford.com
The stay-true hue lasts up to six hours.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipstick, in Defiant Coral, $30, esteelauder.com
Arch de Triomphe
“When your eyebrows look good, people notice,” explains Maybelline New York’s global brow expert, Maribeth Madron. “When they’re wrong — too bushy or overplucked — they pull away focus.” A well-shaped brow is the visual equivalent of a face-lift. Below, your brow-care essentials.
Summon Some Pluck
Keep a pair of tweezers handy to nab errant hairs.
Tweezerman for Benefit slant tweezer, $25, benefitcosmetics.com
Using a face shape-specific stencil, color in your ideal brow shape. Then pluck the hairs outside it.
Anastasia Beverly Hills stencils, $20 for a set of 5, anastasiabeverlyhills.com
Hold in Place
The kit’s tinted powder and wax “fill gaps and create structure,” says Madron.
Benefit Brow Zing brow-shaping kit, $32, benefitcosmetics.com
Fill ’Er Up!
Define the arch and tail of the brow before the anchor, says Soare.
Tarte Amazonian Clay waterproof brow pencil, $20, tartecosmetics.com
This brow mascara with a ball brush is great for creating a full (but tidy) brow.
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Brow Drama sculpting brow mascara, $8, maybelline.com
Biotin, panthenol, and peptides nourish eyebrow hair for thick, lush arches.
Revitabrow Advanced, $110, revitalash.com