Summer is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. I hate being cold (which obviously means I’m no fan of winter) and I love being active outdoors—a far more pleasant prospect when there’s sunshine and warmer temps.
Another bonus? Come May, I can finally ditch the blow dryer. When it’s cold, I have to thoroughly dry my hair before stepping even a single foot outdoors because I get chilled so easily. But as soon as the thermometer jumps above 70 degrees, I let my natural wave come through by air drying.
For her first foray into cosmetics, stylist extraordinaire Rachel Zoe has teamed up with innovative lipstick line Exude to be their brand ambassador. What’s especially cool about the product is the packaging, which you twist to release a small amount of color through a crystal applicator. While the busy mom can take credit for the look and feel of the product, the brand’s technology comes from cosmetic industry veterans Diane Breidenbach and Laurence Mill.
While we’re excited about the tech, what we really want to know is which of the nine shades we should pick up. That’s where Zoe’s lipstick fashion secrets come in handy. She recommends that always contrasting your lipstick with your outfit. Bold outfit: Pale lipstick. Simple outfit: Bright lipstick. Seems easy enough. But what’s the most important thing to remember? “Don’t do a red lip with a red dress; it clashes,” says Zoe. “Plus, you don’t ever want to be predictable.” Yes, heaven forbid.
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