The Gloss•a•ry: “Red”-y for fall
By Michelle Carney

Reigning Red
Word of mouth in fashion circles this fall is saying bold, red lips. Think vintage Hollywood glamour – the red carpet classic. But let’s face it, we all can’t pull off matte, red lips like Christina Aguilera or Gwen Stefani, and because this column is about lip gloss not stick, we’re scaling down the drama to an accessible level – a way to wear the season’s red hot trend on the street this season.


Global Goddess Moroccan Mystique Lip Veil in Marrakech, $15.
Celebrity makeup artist Shalini Vadhera unlocked some secrets of exotic Indian beauty with her ever-popular Coconut Amla Hair Oil and Exotic Eyes Blackest Black Mascara. Now, she’s sharing the mystery behind a sexy, full pout drenched in a deep, red wine that shines. Global Goddess’ Moroccan Mystique Lip Veil in Marrakech is rich in pigment and offers a shade of red that’s chic. Whether you have a fair, medium or olive complexion – this red is truly universal. Available at To find a retailer near you, click here.


Kitten Vixen “Put Your Lips Together” Lip Gloss in Ravishing Ruby, $16.
Slip on the red luster of rare rubies with Kitten Vixen “Put Your Lips Together” Lip Gloss in Ravishing Ruby. Kitten Vixen infuses its gloss with only natural ingredients, essential oils and mineral-derived colors, so the good stuff soaks in and does its business rather than shredding off in flakes. Plus this berry baby offers a hint of organic raspberries. Available at To locate a retail carrier near you, click here.


Zoya Hot Lips Glossy Lip Balm in Marachino, $6.
Zoya and Michael Reyzis, the innovative creators of the first salon nail polish free of toxic ingredients, bottles that same toxin-free, rich color in a gloss. Although the collection offers more than 50 shades, this month we’re smacking our lips on Marachino. If you’ve ever wanted intense cherry lips, full of juicy shine – you’ve got it here! This Zoya Hot Lips Glossy Lip Balm is a bowl of…you get it. Plus, Zoya glosses bathe your lips with therapeutic conditioners. Available at Click here to find a salon seller near you.


Girlactik Star Gloss in Ooh La La Red, $15.
In a galaxy of glosses, Hollywood makeup artist Galit Strugano’s Girlactik Star Gloss has star power, literally. Without being thick or sticky, Star Gloss has more “tact” than our usual picks. But when you’re going for a heavily tinted rosy red such as Ooh La La Red, it makes sense to stick with lasting color that won’t run. L’Oreal’s Roseanne Fama said it better in Oprah magazine when she called Girlactik’s Star Gloss one of the most “goop-free, goof-proof glosses.” Available at To find a retailer near you, click here.


Soft Lips in PURE Pomegranate & Rose Tint, $2.99.
In the interest of fairness, if you’re stuck on raging red lipstick, we’ve got a few lip tips to prevent feathering, fading and flaking – the dangerous operator errors that can cause a code red. Soft Lips, one of our trusted lip protection brands, offers two tricks of the trade we suggest. PURE Pomegranate, a natural balm, serves as a great conditioner for covering dry, chapped lips and prepping them for those relentless reds that hide no flaws. And Rose Tint offers a healthy hint-of-color alternative to more uncompromising shades. Available at mass retailers and drug stores nationwide. For a list of stores near you, click here.


The gloss•a•ry is PrettyCity’s monthly roundup of all that glitters from our own wand-toting shimmer expert, Michelle Carney. Tune in each month for the latest and greatest in pout perfecting products utterly devoted to your sparkly, sexy and oh-so-shiny lips.  Please contact Michelle Carney with story ideas or product suggestions


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