For day, I like the natural color of my lips and prefer not to fuss over applications all day long so I tend to gravitate towards balms. A few of my favorites are by Rosebud Perfume & Co. and Dior. They leave my lips feeling smooth rather than sticky (and they usually taste wonderful). Rosebud Lip Balm smells like strawberries and takes me straight back to my childhood while Dior Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm with SPF 10 has a lovely hint of roses.

As for night, sometimes a pop of color can be just what your look needs. I prefer to go with a bold red lip (Go big or go home!). When I wear a statement lip, I do have a few rules. The first: Crimson lips are reserved for girls’ nights. (If you have a man in your life, he probably wants to forgo the matching lips.) And my second bold lip law is keeping a strict 2-drink maximum. Nothing is worse than a hot mess with smudged lips, right?

XO Lauren

P.S. If you’re in the market for a rouge lipstick, Dior makes a great red. Also, learn how to achieve a rouge pout with my Perfect Red Lip tutorial.

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Photo: Sephora, Dior