Perfectly wine-stained lips in one step

Aug 4, 2014 at 6:05 a.m. ET

I'm usually a neutral person, in my style and my makeup routine. I like blacks, whites, nudes and naturals, almost always. But after my recent travels around Morocco, the beautiful vibrant culture has really opened my eyes to new colors.

Despite a previous distaste for any blue (besides the occasional navy blue), I've now found myself drawn to cobalt and royal blues. It's a constant reminder of the electric blues found all over Morocco, as well as plums and wine colors. It really was the first time in a while that I experimented with a lot of color, such as floral vibrant skirts mixed with wine-stained lips.

While wine-stained lips can be difficult to perfect, I've found a solution that really works. I don't want it to look like lipstick, that's the key. It should literally look stained, darkened, but where your natural lip and all its creases and imperfections shine through.

My favorite color is Fast Ride by NARS which I would describe as a dark, sheer wine color. Putting it on straight from the stick can look a bit too harsh so I take a little on a Q-Tips™ cotton swab and apply it thinly over my lips. It's really the perfect wine-stained look and my go-to for nights (and even days) in Morocco.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaborating with Q-tips and SheKnows.

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