lip crayons on the cheap.

by faran krentcil

Listerine recently downgraded to a "less intense" formula, but lipsticks, for the most part, have not. You can either go for full pigment with a stain, a stick, or a crayon, or go for the sheer gloss and balm situation on lighter days. Sometimes, you may even combine, slicking a layer of shine on top of your trusty signature color.

That's a great way to do nighttime makeup (our favorite combo, currently, is a Make Up For Ever lipstick topped with a CoverGirl gloss, like Pat McGrath did on the Prada catwalk).  But if you want to do a movie instead of a night out - and you want makeup to match - we like the In Between made by Milani.

The cheapo drugstore brand has new Lip Flash crayons, which are opaque enough to keep color on your lips, but light enough to maintain a natural and easy vibe.  The pink and red shades are great for your mouth, while the purple and brown work just as well as a glossy eyeshadow. 

Just make sure you don't mix-and-match if you want to get creative - this makeup may be low-maintenance, but you've still got to be diligent with the safety stuff.

$7 each at drugstores or online.