Jennifer Mae Harris, Showroom Coordinator at Amarcord Vintage Fashion
Jennifer Mae's beauty stats: Early 20s; blue eyes, blonde hair, fair complexion.
"I've had incredibly fair skin and platinum-blonde hair since I was a little girl. With practically a blank slate to work from, cosmetic experimentation has become something of a hobby, if not an obsession. From eye glitter to false lashes, I've tried pretty much everything. The most universally classic venture I've made beyond the makeup counter is one that anyone can pull off — a pouty red mouth.
"Crimson lips are the ultimate tool for seduction, not to mention a regular fixture on the catwalks. In an attempt to dispel the nasty rumor that some girls just can't pull it off, here are a few of my tricks of the trade."
Smashbox Lip Treatment SPF 15
"No matter how full or gorgeous your lips are naturally, I quickly found that brightly colored lipstick will only highlight cracks and cuts. To prevent this, I am always on the lookout for moisturizing products with vitamin E to ensure a smooth canvas before embarking on my journey to a cherry-red pucker. This Smashbox Lip Treatment keeps my lips smooth and chap-free, with a protective SPF to ward off harmful UV rays (sunburn and I are definitely not good friends!)."
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro
"Call me crazy but I like to do my research before I embark on a new beauty endeavor. By taking a quick trip to the makeup counter I can determine the best color for my skin tone. In my hunt for the perfect lipstick I've found that pink-based complexions work best with shades in the plum family, while girls with undertones of yellow should try warmer reds with a brown base.
"I couldn't have found my perfect lipstick shade without Bobbi Brown's book. My lips have her to thank for her tips on color combinations and application techniques."
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MAC Lip Pencil in Redd
"Lip liner is your friend. Wearing it the first few times, I felt like I was playing dress-up, but it prevents bleeding and helps color last longer. To banish those nasty spiderlike lipstick lines, I dab concealer beneath my lower lip to create an invisible barrier. MAC's professional grade liner comes in a bevy of hues to guarantee the perfect match, and it's also got some bonus vitamin E to keep my lips moisturized."
Shu Uemura Kolinsky Portable Extra Lip Brush
"Finding the right shade of red and the perfect degree of shine is a daunting task. To skirt the issue I blend multiple lipsticks and add a layer of shine to top it off. And ladies, please, don't forget to blot. In this case, less is definitely more. Lightly blotting your lips before leaving the house will keep you looking less like Marilyn Manson and more like Marilyn Monroe. A good lip brush is my best friend when it comes to blending. This one from Shu Uemura is small and accurate, perfect for bold colors that require extra precision in application."
Maybelline Superstay Lip Gloss in Glass Rose
"To be realistic, even the most authentic of the 'long-lasting' lipsticks is going to wear off as the day wears on. To prevent this I never leave the house without my favorite tube. Keeping an extra supply on hand is the best defense against the side of your coffee mug. Though none will stay on as bright and strong as your first application, this Maybelline Superstay Gloss is great because it has my favorite color and shine to top your lips off all in one tube, so I don't look like the crazy lipstick lady with hundreds of half-used tubes in my purse."