Lip Service

With looks appearing in Harper's Bazaar, Instyle, Vogue, W. Glamour, Rolling Stone, Time, People, and countless other pubs, it's no wonder Time Out NY named Lori Hamlin Penske "one of the best make up artists for hire."  After all, her artistry has graced the faces of Bridget Moynahan, Connie Britton, Megan Boone, and other famous faces on red carpets across the world.  So, when it came time to feature all things lip care and color for the season, we were more than psyched for the chance to pick Lori's brain.

What trends are you seeing for lips for fall/winter?

Hot trends for fall include stained, smudged and tinted lips in any deep matte shade or the complete opposite, nude, barely there color.  I am also seeing a lip line that is smudged with loose powder to create a look that is undone or worn.

What are some of your favorite products for both lip care and color?

Lip serums are the latest trendy beauty booster.  Because lips show age as quickly as your eyes, it is important to treat the skin around the lips as well as the lip itself.  Serums absorb quickly to nix dry skin, eliminate fine lines and loss of tissue density.  My new favorite is Inika Organic Lip Serum.

Everybody should have a good lip balm.  Inika Certified Organic Lip Balm is packed with nontoxic ingredients that will hydrate, smooth and keep color on the lips longer.  It is so safe, I even let my 9 year-old daughter borrow it.

At the moment, my favorite nude lip shades include Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Dreamer & Peacemaker and any shade of their Femme Nude Lip Stylo.  I am also a fan of the Certified Organic Lip Tint by Inika in the shades Candy and Rose.

For a “Kool Aid” or “cherry” stained lip, I love YSL’s Volupte Tint-In-Balm in Touch me Red, Tease me Pink and the nude shade Call Me Rose.  For a glossier stain try any of YSL’s Glossy Stains.

My favorite matte products include Inika Certified Organic Vegan Lipstick in Nude Pink and Pink Poppy, all shades of MatteTrance by Pat Mcgrath and Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick.

Can you share any application tips?

For any of the fall lip trends to look their best, it is important to treat the lips first with a serum or balm so that the color will go on smooth and evenly.  Chapped lips would be a real beauty buster!

Exfoliate the lips using a toothbrush or washcloth then treat with a lip serum or balm as recommended above.

To achieve a trendy fall lip, pucker your lips then press on any deep fall shade with your middle finger.  I like the way this softens any lip look.  Using your fingers allows the product to smudge perfectly to create an effortless look.  This was also a hot look on the runway.

For a traditional nude look, dust the lips with powder around the lip line before applying lipstick.  I like Inika’s Mattifying Setting Powder and Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Universal.  This will keep lip color from bleeding into fine lines and will help it wear longer.   Apply lip color with a brush starting at the center & blend out towards the corners.  Lightly trace arches with lip pencil.  Inika Organic’s Certified Organic Vegan Lip Pencils have a nice glide and are soft enough that I use the shades Dusty Rose, Safari and Nude Delight alone as the lip color.  Finish with a light dusting of powder again.

We found more new and current lip goodies to check out:

Local brand First Aid Beauty helps lips stay chap-free.  The Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm is a concentrated lip treatment to provide nourishment and instant relief with honey, beeswax, and other natural ingredients.  The Ultra Repair Lip Therapy helps protect with a long-lasting formula and semi-matte finish.  The non-slip finish can be worn on its own or layered under lipstick.  The new Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi-Stick is an all in one versatile multi-stick that can be used on cheeks, eyelids, and lips to highlight and warm the complexion.  The formula includes Mango Butter, Shea Butter, and Vitamin E to nourish and soothe skin.  (Available at

Keep lips supple with the Apa Lush Lip Balm.  The lip balm, housed in a glass jar with a gold lid, works to lock in moisture using ingredients rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Shea Butter moisturizes and protects from the environment while vitamin-rich and soothing Sweet Almond and Jojoba Oil provide long-lasting moisture. Peppermint Oil was added for a cool and refreshing kick. Wear it alone or use it as a base for lipstick or gloss.  (Available at

The new nyakio skincare line is founded by Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, a first-generation American of Kenyan descent who discovered some of her family’s beauty secrets through her grandmother.  The collection is grounded in ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients.  The Kenyan Coffee Lip Polish scrubs away dry skin to reveal soft, supple lips.  Baobab Lip Balm uses Baobab oil from the Baobab fruit for a luxurious rich balm for soft, supple lips.  (Available at

Clinique introduces three new lip launches.  The Pop Lip Shadow cushion matte lip powder delivers super saturated creamy pigment that transforms into a weightless, powdery finish. (Available at  The Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm combines the on-the-go ease of a lip balm by providing a powerful dose of hydration and a pop of color.  (Available at  And the new Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss makes lips appear fuller, smoother, and more plumped-up, with a moisture rich shine.  (Available at

jane iredale’s Fall Naturally Glam Collection includes some newbies including PureMoist Lipstick and Just Kissed Lip Plumper.  The PureMoist Lipstick combine vivid pigments, natural oils, and superfruit extracts for petal-soft lips that look, feel, and taste amazing.  The Just Kissed Lip Plumper includes Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, and Avocado Oil to soften, hydrate, and contribute to the appearance of a fuller lip.  (Available at

Grande Cosmetics, the brand behind GrandeLIPS, presents their plump pout alternative with the HydraPLUMP Liquid Lipstick.  HydraPLUMP offers the same natural-looking volume as the original with a creamy, yet matte formula.  The quick-drying formula ensures color is locked in and won’t transfer, yet provides long wear without cracking or flaking.  (Available at

The SkinMedica HA5 Smooth & Plump Lip System helps combat the visible signs of aging for a smoother appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while adding volume and contour to the lips.  Their proprietary blend of five different forms of Hyaluronic Acid delivers continuous hydration to support long term skin health.  (Available at

Artistry’s Signature Color Lipstick provides a swipe of bold color paired with a super moisturizing formula that won’t feather or bleed.  It comes in fifteen shades, from neutral to super bright.  The Signature Color Light Up Lip Gloss gives lips a luxurious, vibrant shine.  The eight shades provide sheer to medium coverage with shimmer and cream finishes.  Apply anytime with the built in mirror and LED light.  (Available at

Keep color budge-proof with JAFRA Liquid Matte Lipstick.  The velvety smooth formula glides on easily and keeps lips hydrated to boot.  It’s available in six shades.  For the younger crowd, the JAFRA Girl Squad Mini Lip Gloss Trio features three festival-inspired shades.  (Available at

For the other part of your smile…keep it vibrant with SmileDirectClub.  The brand is opening SmileShops across the county and has landed downtown.  The new Boston location (on Atlantic Ave) removes the hassle of in-office dental visits with invisible aligners (delivered!).  Their new whitening system, Bright On, launches in 2018.  (Get the lowdown here.)