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Dark lips and soft smoky eyes, a sultry look for the holidays.
Actress Jennifer Lopez with smoky eyes and nude lips.
Kevyn Aucoin’s “Bloody Gorgeous” look.
Vesuvian lip gloss by Kevyn Aucoin.
Scarlet Empress lipstick by NARS

Perfectly dressed eyes and lips – Go sexy, sultry and sophisticated

OPTIONAL — BRAIDED HAIR

By Linda Miller

A dark and sultry pout or one that’s innocently nude can be beautiful.

So can eyes smoldering in smoky black or charcoal or subdued shades of gold and copper.

Both are perfect for the holidays. Since they’re not everyday beauty looks, at least for most women, emphasizing the lips and eyes is one way to achieve a look that’s pretty and sexy.

Red lipstick is timeless but a bit predictable, especially during the holidays and moving forward toValentine’s Day. Going dark red adds an element of sophistication and suggestion.

Alex Mendez-Kelley, owner of The MakeUp Bar, likes illumination on the cheeks and under the brows, smoky eyes and dramatic red lips. “Red, dark lips. The deeper, darker, purplier, berrier, the better.”

A few of her favorite lipstick shades include Blackberry Jam by Serenity + Scott and Scarlet Empress and Fire Down Below from NARS.

Not every woman – or man – is enamored with dark lips, though.

“Of course, my husband Joe finds it very sexy when I do my eyes ‘dark,’ which is smoky when translated from ‘man-ese,’ and glossy nude lips,” she said.

One of her go-to products for a smoky eye is The MakeUp Bar’s “sha-liner” in Mindless. It’s a true, dark black gel liner that gives a precise line and smudge, Mendez-Kelley said.

“I feel for holiday parties and such, I can go crazy, and black can’t be black enough and lips can’t be nude wet enough,” she said. “I live for nude lips.”

She regularly reaches for Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Nude and tops it with Kevyn Aucoin’s Vesuvian gloss.

Bottom line: Embrace perfectly dressed lips and eyes. If it’s easier, play up just one. Smoky eyes with nude lips. Dramatic, dark lips with more subtle eyes. Either look is the perfect complement for a holiday party, romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day or any date night that includes sparkling wine and candlelight.

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