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The 90s Called, They Want Their Lipstick Back

By Kristine Rose, AP Contributor

I’m going to be straight with you: I’ve watched about 19 hours of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the past two weeks. I’m not going to annotate that with some kind of manufactured regret that I don’t actually feel, it was a good use of time. I stand by that use of time. I could have, and probably would have been doing far worse things with that time OK?

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I am happy to report that the show completely holds up to the test of time. While it really came into its own in the last few seasons with profound dialogue, tight character arcs, and the perfect mix of irreverence and existentialism, one thing really stood out in the first few: brown lipstick. In one form or another, the brown lip made an appearance on all. From stuck up Cordelia to dorky but lovable Willow, everyone rocked the brown lip trend. This not only made me nostalgic but reminded me how wearable brown lipstick can actually be.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Nars Bansar: This matte brown with a hint of peach is the quintessential 90s lip. It could read neutral or edgy depending on the outfit. The texture is velvety without drying your lips out, so it never settles in the creases.

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NYC Cashmere: If you’re looking for an edgier and more metallic brown, this is for you. It’s opaque, but applies evenly. A truly unique grey brown. It is also only $1.

Revlon Coy: Somewhere between a red and a brown, this shade starts off sheer but becomes more intense with a few coats. One of the more wearable and flattering browns, it would compliment most skin tones.

Revlon Ingenue: If you’re looking for a peachy nude with a hint of brown, try this. One of the sheerest and most glossy versions.

MAC Explicit: This one is a gloss that’s brown, silver, and gold. Layer it over any lipstick to get a more muted brown tone.

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NYX Vamp: Super gothed out metallic bronze brown. If you’re looking for a statement, try this dark color. I’m not thrilled with the texture which is a bit dry, but the color is completely worth it. Try a lip primer underneath so it wears off evenly.

All you have to add is blue eyeshadow, crimped hair, and razor thin eyebrows and you’re ready to star in your very own WB show.

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Reader Request: How Does Your Hairstyle Interact With Your Outfit?

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Reader Andrea had this request:

I would be interested in a post on how different hairstyles interact with outfits. How much does wearing hair down vs. in a bun affect the formality of an outfit? How much can the hairstyle you wear with an outfit change the overall look? I always seem to wear my hair the same way with the same pieces, and I’m not sure why I only ever visualize those things with those hairstyles. (I’m also contemplating a major hair change right now, so hair is on my mind a lot recently.)

When my hair was longer, I had the same experience: Certain outfits definitely called out for an updo, while others looked better with hair worn down. And even now with supershort locks, I occasionally wear something that looks slightly off with messy waves and much better blown dry.

I asked Wendy Nguyen of Wendy’s Lookbook to let me use some of her photos to illustrate how hairstyle impacts outfits. As you’ll see balance, formality, structure, and genre all play in. Let’s take a peek:

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Here are two outfits in which hairstyle is a factor in enhancing or balancing volume within the outfit. On the left, the volume within Wendy’s outfit is all toward the top, mostly from the waist up. Her hair, worn down, adds yet more volume but also works organically with the loose layers. On the left, the orange sweater is the only voluminous piece. With her hair in a high bun, she avoids adding more volume to her top half.

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Here are two decidedly formal looks. Some updos and buns can read as casual, but paired with outfits that already give off a dressy vibe, they generally add yet more formality. Definitely the case with the bun Wendy did with her black dress, although the addition of the headband keeps her hairstyle from being formal to the point of stuffiness. The green dress outfit has a much more relaxed vibe. Although the dress itself and structured clutch are quite fancy, the open-toed shoes and loose wavy hairstyle overtake them to create a dressy but not formal look. Switch the hairstyles and the black dress outfit would be more “night on the town” and the green dress outfit would be more “black-tie affair.”

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Structure within the outfit is at play in nearly all of these examples. You can see how updos often align with structured looks, and hair worn down aligns with unstructured ones. But here are two more great outfits that show how you can juxtapose structure and looseness using your hairstyle. Wendy’s cropped trench and pencil skirt are decidedly structured, but wearing her hair down adds some soft, flowy lines. Her white trapeeze top is loose and breezy, but her headband and bun balance it out.

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Finally certain hairstyles lend themselves to certain genres. At left, Wendy has on a preppy/classic look that could’ve come direct from the J.Crew catalog, and has chosen a bun/headband combo to match. The middle outfit has both Boho and preppy elements to it, and the loose ponytail complements them both. For the beachy outfit on the right, Wendy wore her hair down and loose to match.

Hope this was helpful! And thanks again to Wendy for use of her gorgeous photos.

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Already Prettypoll: Skincare Favorites

Skincare is SO personal. Every person’s skin reacts to the environment, foods, allergens, stress, hormones, and dozens of other factors, so it can be tricky to “recommend” products to others. You never know what all is affecting someone else’s complexion. (Hell, half the time I don’t know what’s monkeying with my own complexion.)

But if you’re anything like me, keeping your skin happy is both a passion and an ongoing science project. So I’d love it if you could share a few of your skincare faves and explain why you love them. I’ll get the party started:

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Treatment Spot Stick: One of the ONLY products that works on my super painful cystic acne and regular old acne without making my skin dry and irritated.

Clarisonic Mia: I don’t use the cleanser the company provides – I stick to this super gentle one from Aveda – but I use the brush every other evening. Keeps my skintone relatively even, and helps with keeping breakouts at bay. If I skip more than one night, I definitely see more acne activity.

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protector SPF 42 : Yes, I too wish this stuff was cheaper. But it is the only sunscreen that doesn’t clog my pores (sense a theme, here?) – it’s very thin, almost the consistency of whole milk, and feels totally weightless on my skin. I apply to my face, neck, and back of my neck every day of my life. And the bottle looks small, but generally lasts four or five months for me.

And you? Tell us a few of your skincare favorites!

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