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Finding the perfect lipstick can be a lifelong journey. You want something that can complement your skin tone and style, while also ensuring that it stays appropriate all day, no matter how many cans of Spindrift you make or people who smother you. ELLE.com has asked seven sommeliers – who can get expert advice on what it's worth to try.
The one that will never go away
"I love lipstick, and it's always a challenge to wear it when I drink wine. One of the tips is to discreetly lick the edge of your wine glass before your lips get wet. If you're wet, you will does not transfer the luster to the glass! – of lip color is from L & # 39; Oreal. Their rouge signature lightweight Matte colored ink is amazing. The color is really saturated, and when dry it is good as paint. Once dry, it's like paint. While it's so flat, there's no chance of leaving greasy lip marks on your wine glass. "—Emily Wines, Master Sommelier and Vice President of Wine & Beverage Experience for Cooper & # 39; s Hawk Winery
& # 39; A classic choice
"I love Chanel! I love the history and story of Coco Chanel. She's an absolutely fascinating, independent woman who has worked hard to become the person she is. Every time I shop visit, make it feel special. Le Rouge duo Ultra Tenue in 54 Strawberry Red is my favorite all day because it really stays there. Rouge Coco Flash in 54 Boy is also very understated and elegant. "—Katja Scharnagl, Chef Sommelier at Le Bernardin
The Best Bang for Your Buck
"My favorite lipstick to wear, especially while working, is Sephora Collection Lip Stain. The value is undeniable. There are tons of colors and they all have $ 14.00 per tube. The color lasts whether I taste wine at work or & # 39; Drinking a Beer After the Move My favorite color of the line is always red, but I also love using the metal finish to spice it up & # 39; – Charlotte Mirzoeff, head bartender and Sommelier at Kindred Restaurant
Stop the bleeding
& # 39; I always have to wear a wine opener, keys and lipstick! I'm a big fan of the Nars Matte pencils that stay and don't bleed. I wear famous red, Dolce Vita and Pop Life. I've used more and more lip gloss colors because I smile a lot and I can feel textures when I need more. Oh, and for about a decade, I only wore the Mac's & # 39; Del Rio & # 39; lipstick. & # 39; —Shelley Lindgren, wine director for A16 restaurants
Liner as lipstick
"It's hard for sommeliers to wear lipstick. I have yet to find a brand that doesn't come off the wine glass, or worse – give aromatics or scents. If I want color on my lips, I use & # 39 a lip pencil, not as a lining, but to give color all the time, like the paraben-free one at Honeybee Gardens. Just a little goes a long way! "—Victoria James, Cote beverage director
Just like your favorite champagne
& # 39; In the rushed, super-physical task of being a sommelier, the lipstick has to work hard, too. (What people don't see is all the transportation of hundreds of heavy boxes running up and down the restaurant's stairs from the winery to the dining room, the hard work of tasting hundreds of wines each day.) Often, there goes & # 39; all day before I have a minute to reapply. One of my current favorites and all-time is the Kosas lipstick; I love their lipsticks and have been enjoying the benefits for a few years now. Another is Guerlain in Red no. 25. I've had a Guerlain gold mirror lipstick since I was Wine Director at The Modern in MoMA. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Lipstick in Icon is like my favorite vintage rose champagne, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 1973. I do not like all liquid type lip products, but this one is decadent and beautiful. The intense color lasts through the evening service, even if there are six vintages of Comtes Rose to be opened and enjoyed. "—Belinda Chang, the two-time James Beard Award-winning sommelier
Light and smooth
"Fenty Beauty has a long-lasting lip color that really doesn't come off a whole evening of service and wine tasting. I use Stunna Lip Paint in Unbutton, which is more of a nude color to help stain potential hiding red wines … It's light and not sticky either, so I don't even see it or think about it during & # 39; a busy evening. & # 39; —Amy Racine, wine director for John Fraser Restaurants