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Beauty Resolution: Wear Red Lipstick

by Jackie

"Currant" lip liner, "Russian Red" lipstick, "Russian Red" gloss by MAC.

I once asked a makeup counter attendant to help me find a bold lip color. His response, “Not for you.” According to him, my skin was too dark to wear anything other than translucent gloss. Ever since then, I’ve been proving him wrong with bright pinks, shocking purples, and vibrant reds. Writing about his color complex would take a whole book, but the moral of the story here is: You can wear any color you want and look and feel absolutely beautiful.

But, don’t take it from me. I am lucky to have had gorgeous women of color wearing various shades of red lipstick come across my Twitter timeline. Red lipstick is a bold way to spice up your makeup look. Worn alone, or paired with thinly winged black eyeliner, it’s an ode to vintage glamor. The key to pulling off a red lip is finding the right shade for you. Have fun mixing lip liners and glosses with lipstick to find your unique shade.

Toya, @LifeofaLadybug, wearing "Box" by Illamasqua.

Violeta, @Black_LatinosUS, wearing "Ruby Woo" by MAC.

Chela, @ChelaBK, wearing "Red Drama" by Clinique.

Quynh, @Queengwen, wearing "Red Lizard" by NARS.

Why we still love fall style

by Sherria

The temperatures are expected to go below freezing tonight in New York. However, winter isn’t here yet.  There isn’t any snow on the ground and the orange and brown leaves are still falling off of the trees. I’m going to enjoy the fall as much as I can before December 21; the first day of the winter solstice. Other than the beautiful scenery, I love fall style. I asked a few A*cute readers what their top style picks were for fall and here’s what they came up with…

Face: Purple and Plum Lip Colors

Plum lips are super sexy during the fall and winter seasons“- says Ashlee Murph.

Main staple:

"There's something classic about blazers," says A*cute Editor, Jackie. "You can wear them with almost any outfit." (Photo taken at A*cute's Annual Clothing Exchange 2010)

A*cute picks:

blazer
blazer by sc8571a featuring a knit jacket

Boyfriend jacket, $130
Single breasted jacket, $110
Blazer, $80
Knit jacket, $52

Fur:

A*cute reader, Toushi, can't get enough fur!

A*cute picks:

furs

Michael kors coat, $175
H M vest, 30
Victoria s Secret cape coat, $126
Michael Kors faux fur vest, $130

Footwear:

"I first discovered this brand in France," says Toushi. "I adore these boots." --Jeffrey Campbell France Suede Boots (shopbop.com, $198)

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Shoes, Sonya Riding Boots (Macy's, $299)

Rain won’t get me down

by Sherria

Me!

It’s a cold and rainy day here in New York City, but I won’t allow that to put a damper on my day. In the words of Soulja Boy, I “hopped up out the bed and turned my swag on” and decided to brighten up my day with orange lipstick. Although some may consider orange a summer color, I say “wear whatever color you like during whatever season you like.”

This shade of orange is from MAC Cosmetics, Morange, AC9. To get a shimmer effect, I put a MAC Lustreglass on top- both $15 from MAC.

Inspirational Morning Music!

It’s Pink Friday…on Monday!

Guest post by Kirsten Treadwell

I hate to admit it but I am indeed a Nicki Minaj fan. What can I say? She is entertaining!  That being said, when I heard she was releasing a lipstick color with MAC cosmetics, I was extremely excited! At the time, the lip color, Pink Friday, could only be purchased online on every Friday from November 26 through December 17, 2010. After failed attempts to purchase the lipstick for two Fridays in a row, I was finally able to buy it on December 10; which I thought was perfect since it would arrive before Christmas vacation. WRONG! Pink Friday was literally out of production because it sold out every week. Needless to say, I didn’t see a Pink Friday until Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

My review:

With all the excitement and anticipation surrounding this lip color I really expected it to pop. I was so excited that I put it on at work, but was dismayed when it appeared lack luster at best. I decided to try it on again once I got home so I could use all the proper tools; liners, lip brush and gloss. When I tried it at home I used MAC Magenta liner over the Pink Friday lip color then blended it and applied a shimmery pink gloss over it and it really stood out. I was looking for a color to really stand out for a club look but it’s more of a pale pink that could be worn every day. If you’re looking for a bright pink for a bold look go with Pink Nouveau instead. Over all Pink Friday lip color was much like the album: disappointing and lack luster at first wear/listen but really stands out after playing it up with complimentary liners and glosses/more listens.

 

Kirsten Treadwell is an Event Planner for a non-profit organization in Washington DC and a fashion and beauty enthusiast.

Tic Toc…

by Jackie

The countdown to 2011 has begun, so you know what that means… RESOLUTIONS!  Typically, I don’t make resolutions; if I want to change something, I just do.  But, I have come to recognize the significance of using the ball drop as a marker for a new start.  Need some inspiration? Look no further…

  1. Find a new job. This economy may not be the job seeker’s market, but according to a recent CNNMoney.com report, more than 80% of employees say they will be looking for a new job next year.  A*cute cofounder, Sherria, recently made a big leap to a new position and a new city (one of the best cities in the world, in my opinion 🙂 ) — so it is possible, don’t be discouraged.
  2. Get happy. Dead-end job? Tired of the social scene? Broke? It may seem like some circumstances are out of your control, but the one thing you can control is how you approach each day.  Release all of your frustrations in a journal, get a therapist, or confide in a close friend — whatever you do, let go of what’s holding you down, and try to have a better attitude.
  3. Cut the fat. Sure, this can apply to food, but get rid of all of the unnecessary things that take up space and weigh you down.

This year, I plan to cut the fat. In an effort to save more money and prepare for the future, I am going to change some habits.  Though I don’t spend a lot on clothes (we all know I love me a deal), I know that I can save even more by focusing on maintaining what I have rather than adding to my wardrobe.

Instead of buying new outfits, I will treat myself to the occasional manicure and express myself through other means — i.e. bold make-up or switching up my accessories more often.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?