This season's dramatic mouth is less Lady Gaga (electric color, vinyl shine) than Grace Kelly (rich color, velvety finish). To keep the effect perfectly polished, fill in the lips completely with a pencil that matches your lipstick shade, then use a brush to apply the lipstick.
"The wax in the pencil will stop the lipstick from bleeding around the edges," says Markey.
Remember: When the focus is on a deeply pigmented mouth, the rest of the face plays a supporting role. Even out any blemishes or shadows with concealer, and define your brows with a pencil that's about two shades lighter than their natural color. Keep eye makeup simple, with a neutral shadow (try light gray or beige) and black mascara.
Dress, Talbots. Earrings, Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel.