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About Face: Spend on cosmetics with more-than-Halloween mileage


Halloween-themed cosmetics

HalloweenLips ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceClockwise from top left: Deborah Lippmann Let It Bleed nail polish, Deborah Lippmann Bite Me lipstick, Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in 11 Dark Raspberry

Well, there is one very easy thing you can do for Halloween: go vampy. All it takes is a little more makeup than usual, and you don’t really need that complicated of a costume. A bold lip look, for example, can go with pretty much anything—and you can use the products below throughout the winter or even year-round, instead of having to ditch them because they’re not the highest quality or the right shade.

If you’re a big “True Blood” fan, or if you really like Deborah Lippmann’s nail products, then you’ll be excited for her Forsaken duo. A pair of products inspired by the HBO vampire soap opera, Forsaken includes Bite Me, a blackberry mauve lipstick, and Let It Bleed, a deep red nail polish that smells like the Forsaken perfume developed by Givaudan for the “True Blood” collection. Both Bite Me and Let It Bleed are beautifully dark and go together quite well.

Or, if you’re looking for a bit more staying power, go with Make Up For Ever’s new Aqua Rouge, the company’s first liquid lipstick. Waterproof and available in 12 different shades at Sephora, Aqua Rouge is one part lip stain, one part shiny gloss; either way, you get a bunch of pigment. And a deep shade like 11 Dark Raspberry would be perfect for Halloween, don’t you think?

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Deborah Lippmann Forsaken lipstick and nail polish duo, $38 at Store.HBO.com; Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge, $24 at Sephora.com and store locations.

EDITORIAL NOTE: The product/s reviewed in this post were provided to Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog by the manufacturer or their public relations company for review. Chesapeake Family’s reviews are inspired by personal experience and opinion, and are not paid for or influenced by the manufacturer, PR company or any other organization unless mentioned.

Photos by Adam Fried.

Roxana Hadadi headshotIn middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.

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