Turns Out NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Cruella Looks Perfect With Fur Coats

How apropos!
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January 17, 2014
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I think there's a
moment for every person when their life suddenly changes for the better. For
me, this was when I got my faux fur coat.

Wearing a fur coat is the greatest.
The second you put one on, you suddenly feel powerful and glamorous and like a
boss-ass bitch. You can wear it over anything and suddenly it’s 1,000 times more
chic. Plus, it’s a wearable conversation piece. The first time I wore it out, I
got all sorts of compliments from strangers and inquiries as to where I got it
from (ASOS, FYI).

People even asked to pet it, which I obliged if they were hot. Also, Beyoncé
wears fur coats all the time. I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point.

Red lipstick is
similarly powerful in its ability to create instant confidence and attract
attention. So it’s only natural that the two should come together in unholy
matrimony. And the best red I’ve found to wear with my fur coat is the
appropriately named NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella.

Much like the
villain it’s named after, it looks great with fur. Alle loves this pencil, too,
and for good reason: it’s awesome. It’s easy to apply, super-pigmented, and long-lasting. Cruella is a slightly darker,
cooler red than Alle’s favorite, Dragon Girl.

To apply, I first
exfoliate with Lush’s Lip Scrub and apply lip balm, which I let sit while I get
ready. I usually wait until right before I’m about to leave to do my lipstick
so I don’t mess it up.

I then use a flat, square brush that I bought at the art
supply store
to outline my lips. I run the top across the lipstick, then on
either side to flatten out the tip. I lightly outline my lips without
stretching them to get the right shape, then stretch them out and go over it
again to darken the line.

Then, I fill in
with the pencil.

If you’re wearing a fur coat and bright red lips, you have two
very attention-grabbing items on, so it’s best to leave the rest of the look
simple. Besides, we don’t want to look like we’re trying or anything. I like to
do a light wash of matte brown eyeshadow with a messy topknot or loose waves.

For night, add some big, bouncy waves for EXTREME
GLAMOUR. Bonus points if you curl your hair and put it in a bun during the day,
then when your friends are like, “Let’s go out!” you just unleash the waves,
fix your lipstick, and look hot as hell.

It’s truly the perfect look for all
occasions when you want to feel AND look hot this winter.