How To Kiss Proof Lips

Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin.

That or a kick-ass red lipstick.

Gwyneth Paltrow


This is a good season as any to trade your Little Black Dress for red like this Powerful Goddess wearing her favorite!  If you insist on black, add chic confidence to your smile with a shade of scarlet. The better to be ready for the many hugs and kisses you’re giving and getting through the holidays!  

See which of these crimsons suit you:  Christian Dior’s 999, MAC’s Lady Danger, Obsessive Compulsive’s Stalker, NARS’ Cruella, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte No. 38, YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Mats No. 201.  And here’s how to kiss-proof those pouty red lips:

Start by gently exfoliating your lips with a wet cotton ball and applying olive oil (blot out excess) for a smooth, flakeless canvas.  Shade lips with a soft pencil that matches the natural color of your mouth or preferred lipstick.  Outline the rim or your lips to create a bumper that helps minimize color bleeding.  Apply a coat of lipstick from the center of your mouth outward (use a brush, your finger, or apply straight from the tube).  Use a cotton ball to dab face powder and seal in color.  Reapply a second coat of lipstick plus powder and voila!  

 Ready or not–here I come with my own mistletoe!  Ho-ho-ho!

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© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

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Glamour Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


Bergdorf Holidays on Ice

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season,

a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in our own way,

by going to the mall of our choice.
Dave Barry

Forget tree lighting at Rockefeller Center.  My favorite NYC tradition to welcome the holidays is marveling at the glamorous windows of Bergdorf Goodman.  This season, they feature a retrospective of the year’s holidays, all interpreted in “ice.” Guess which holiday for each photo that follows…


Valentine’s Day features a delectable boudoir of roses, lilies, pastries, bon-bons, jewels and a glistening, icicle-laden chandelier.  If I were dressed in Giambattista Valli Couture and Oscar de la Renta gown and fur, I’d be smiling coyly like the mannequin, too.


April Fool’s is a glamorous upside-down garden party including an Oscar de la Renta gown that defies gravity.


A peek a boo masquerade in Halloween high Gothic by evening designer Naeem Khan’s custom onyx plumed gown.  A Swarovski crystal-flecked spider web drapes across a haunted mansion glazed in black ice–a replica of what was once the largest home in America, the Vanderbilt mansion on 5th Ave and 58th Street.


Arbor Day would have been a sunny day in April dressed in Alexander McQueen Resort, but since it’s winter, this tree’s leaves and flowers are icy crystal.


Note this fellow at her feet who eyes her heels with serious relief, “Whew!  Thank Goddess that isn’t me!”


Fourth of July is a parade of patriotism across a full-scale Colonial building facade.  The drummer woman is in Rodarte and her dapper soldiers wear Thom Browne New York.  


Don’t miss the small window for Groundhog Day with this little colleague and his scaled to size retro camera.


No regrets as we look back on New Year’s Eve!

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share your favorite holiday tradition.


© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

Email me

Glamour Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


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