Makeup artist Bridget O’Donnell creates a date-ready red lip. A look from our Class Act Persona.


Kendall Jenner attending a Lakers game in December, 2016.


Dinner at cozy Italian eatery, Osteria La Buca, on Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood.


Channel Jennifer Lawrence in a structured Burberry Jacket and pinstripe skirt, paired with tights (because it’s cold as f*%k outside) and Nicholas Kirkwood suede slingbacks.

If I had a dollar for every time I debated over whether or not to wear a red lip on a date, I would have a lot of dollars. It’s never about whether or not the guy will like it, (because why would I care what they think if something makes me feel good?) but more about my inherent lack of grace when it comes to eating/drinking/socializing. Some way, somehow, each and every time I wear red lipstick, it ends up on either my teeth, chin, sides of my mouth, or some combination of the three. I’m all for embracing your flaws, even on a first date, but even I have lines I won’t cross, and lipstick anywhere but my lips is one of them.

The only time I’ve ever come across a colored lipstick that didn’t smudge, smear or bleed was my first Halloween at college. Apparently, one of my sorority sisters felt like my slutty school girl costume (yes, I was the ultimate cliche) was lacking the necessary pizazz required for the frat party we were attending and decided in her semi-buzzed state the only remedy was to slap some dark red lipstick on me. As it turns out, she was right, my outfit was lacking pizazz, and her magical 2-step lipstick that I forgot to get the name of didn’t move All. Night. Long. The rest of my makeup did not fare nearly as well, but when I woke up the next morning, the lipstick was still going strong. All of this is to say I’ve spent the last four years in search of that lipstick to no avail, before stumbling across it at Ulta a few weeks ago: Rimmel London Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Colour. These days, I prefer a classic red, Play With Fire, but the formula is still top notch and fool-proof for date night.


There’s something about fresh, dewy skin that just works with a red lip. Prep with your usual skincare, then, instead of a full coverage foundation, spot treat with NARS’ new Soft Matte Cream Concealer. It works on everything from dark circles to hyperpigmentation, lasts all day, and can be applied with your fingers. Lightly, (very, very lightly) contour the cheeks using a Real Techniques buffing brush and Chanel Soleil de Tan. This is where things get a little crazy. We’re going in with two highlighters- RMS Living Luminizer down the bridge of the nose, on the cupids bow and under the brow bone, and Glossier Haloscope in Topaz on the tops of the cheekbones to emphasize the overall bronzey-ness.


Stick to one neutral color in the crease, like Make’s Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Brick, a warm, red-brown. For more definition, you can do a soft line of MAC’s Technakohl Eyeliner in Superfly right along the lash line, then top with your favorite mascara and a little color yo your brows c/o Glossier Boy Brow.


Now to the fun part! Rimmel London Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Colour in Play With Fire. The tube is double sided, one end housing the color, and the other filled with a clear ‘top coat’, the real secret sauce. It’s non-drying, it doesn’t crack, and it’s a whopping $6. Throw some on and call it a day, no need to even bring it to the restaurant if you don’t want to. You definitely won’t need it!


Aris Jerome
Bridget O'Donnell