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December 23, 2013

Kick-Start Your Beauty Routine

Our editors will try anything once. Follow their lead and shake up your fitness regimen, manicure, hairstyle, or makeup.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eli Schmidt

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GOAL: Try an Edgy Makeup Look

ROAD TEST: Off-duty I tend to stick to a pretty simple routine that can most easily be summed up as no-makeup makeup. This year, however, I am committed to experimenting more. Since bold lips were everywhere on the spring runways (Prabal Gurung, Marchesa), I take a deep breath and hit the town wearing teal lipstick. (Companies actually make and sell blue and green shades, so it can't be that crazy, right?) When I arrive at a bar in Greenwich Village, I'm not sure what to expect. Will the bouncer let me in? Will my friends think I look like an extra from a Lady Gaga video and avoid me? There are a few sideways glances, but to my surprise, the wild color turns out to be a great conversation starter. And it certainly sparks some creative pickup lines. One cute guy comes up and says, "Why so blue?" then buys me a drink. Bonus!

VERDICT: This experiment gave me the confidence I needed to have a little more fun with makeup. Next up, a smoky eye. Maybe I'll even make it blue. —Claire Fontanetta


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