The Best Makeup of 2011

It is time again for the best makeup of 2011. Below are the eight best products we tried this year, in no particular order.

best makeup 2011

(1) Tokidoki Perfetto Eyeliner: Tokidoki puts out some great cosmetics and their eyeliner is fabulous (we also adore the eye shadow palettes). You can see more, along with a swatch here:   Tokidoki Perfetto Eyeliner Review

(2)  Murad Soothing Skin, Lip, and Cuticle Care Stick: this soothing stick dispenses a nice gel that is great for a number of areas, including the lips. Learn more here:  Murad review

(3) Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint: Love, love, love Tarte’s lip tints! these crayon shaped tints provide nice color that lasts very well. for a look at one in action, see our Tarte True Blood Lip Tint Swatch.

(4) MAC Sheen Supreme: MAC created a real winner with their Sheen Supreme line of lipsticks. You can view a number of them here: MAC Sheen Supreme Swatches

(5) Kevyn Aucoin Mascara: If you like tubing mascara, you owe it to yourself to check out the highly rated product from Kevyn Aucoin. Here is more information:  Kevyn Aucoin Mascara Review

(6) Nars Holiday Collection: Nars put out a beautiful holiday collection this year that any woman would love. Read our report:  Nars Holiday

(7) Eco-Tools Brushes: For good quality, ecologically sound, and affordable makeup brushes, look to eco-tools. Here is our review:  Eco-Tools Review

(8)  Duwop Private Red: Duwop has a great neutral red lipstick that looks good on just about everyone.For more on finidng the best red lipstick read our article on the subject here: Best Red Lipstick

Interested in years past? See our Best of 2009 and Best of 2008 lists.

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Choosing The Best Red Lipstick

It can be a bit intimidating to go with red lips with all of the options available today. Red lipstick comes in literally hundreds of shades, from orange-red to to berry. Not all shades look good on everybody as each shade of lipstick brings out the undertones in the skin. Use the below guide to help select the best red lipstick for you and to see our list of all time favorite reds.

Best Red Lipstick

The Best Red Lipstick

Start With Your Skin Tone: Warm or Cool?

To select the best red lipstick for you, start by looking at your skin tone. Individuals with warm skin and yellow undertones, for example, look best with red shades that have a brown or orange undertones, such as brick red. Women with cool blue undertones look best in shades that have blue undertones, such as cool berry or cranberry shades.

Use The White Paper Trick

If you’re not sure about the undertone in a red lipstick, try the white paper trick. Mark a piece of clean white paper with different lipstick shades to better reveal the undertones in each. This is an easy way to find that perfect shade to go with your skin tone, be it light, medium or dark.

Fair Skinned Women

Women with light skin often look best with a cherry shade of red. Colors in the cherry family illuminate the face well. For cool skin tone women, blue-based reds also brighten up pale skin and give it a healthy glow. A red lipstick with no orange or pink hues is ideal for milky skin as well. For those hesitant to jump into a bold red color, especially those with warm tones but pale skin, on whom an orangey shade can look harsh, start off with a sheer lipstick that allows you to try the color without the vibrancy.

Medium Toned Skin

Women with a medium skin tone are the luckiest of all because they can pull off the largest range of red hues. Those with a medium skin shade can easily wear the vibrant, true red lipsticks and look amazing. Colors like fire engine and apple red work perfectly for these women. When in doubt about the true shade of a lipstick, remember to test it on white paper to reveal its undertones.

Women with Dark Skin

Those with darker skin look beautiful with dark red shades like sangria and garnet. Avoid true bright red colors, which can appear overdone and strange. Dark reds suit darker skin perfectly and create a warm, sophisticated look. For an even richer look, try plum or dark berry red for a vibrant, sultry look. Feeling brave? Try deep, or even vibrant purple shades, which look particularly nice on darker skin. They also look great on anyone with cool skin under tones.

How to Pull Off A Great Red Lipstick Look

After you select the best red lipstick for your skin, remember there are a few rules to make it look amazing. Always go light on the makeup for the rest of the face when using a bold red color to avoid a clown appearance. Try a pretty nude eye look matched with red lipstick to make your lips the focal point. Women with dark hair should apply black mascara, while  blondes and redheads may wish to use a brown mascara.  As red tends to bleed easily, use lip liner to keep lines crisp. Lastly, use a q-tip to remove color from the inside of your lips after application to avoid red teeth.

Many women believe they can’t pull off a red lipstick. The truth is, virtually any woman can look beautiful with red lips if they select the right shade for their skin shade.

Best Red Lip Stick Suggestions

Below are a few of our all time favorite red lipsticks:

Neutral Red For All Skin Tones

Duwop Private Red: Duwop claims this red morphs into a match for any skin tone. It really is a just a nice neutral red that will work for most people.

For Warm Skin

Nars Semi-Matte in Red Lizard: A Brick Red with Brown undertones

For Cool Skin

Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue in Cranberry Creme: A berry red with just a hint of purple undertone.




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Luna Twilight DuWop Lip Venom

the Luna Twilight Makeup Collection icon has some interesting items with neat packaging. One that really intrigued me was the Luna Twilight Duwop Lip Venom, so I eagerly went out to Nordstrom to see it and fully planned to buy it if I liked it. I ended up coming home empty handed.

Luna Twilight Lip VenomThe idea of the Twilight Lip Venom is that there is lip stain at the bottom and clear plumper at the top. In theory, you dip the the applicator into the bottom for stain, only in the top for clear plumper, or shake it up to get both. That is it in theory. I had a hard time getting it to work well in practice. When I tried to just get stain, I still ended up with oily plumper as well that washed the stain away. When I shook it up, I had better results, but the stain still sat on top of the plumper, making it hard to get an even stained look. Here it is on my hand which, unfortunately, was as even as I could get it. This is taken outside in natural light after it dried.

Luna Twilight DuWop Lip Venom Swatch

I ended up disappointed, in part perhaps because I had such high hopes for this product. The overall shade of the stain is nice, but I don’t want to battle with a product to get an even color application. You can get a more even look with a standard lip stain. Then, if you want plumping, add regular Lip Venom or your other favorite plumper over it.

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