Illustrated by Sara Rabin.
Oh, the humble bar napkin. Countless late-night strokes of genius have been recorded on its fluttery layers, and many a necessary first-date blot has been plopped between its four corners. For New York-based illustrator Sara Rabin, the napkin is a canvas for recording the most fashionable of visages in pen, ink, and designer lipstick, using her own brightly-tinted pursed lips.
Below, Sara showcases five dying-to-try shades for this holiday season. Pick one up—and then pucker up.
This deep berry red from Surratt, is, as its name suggests, downright seductive. A gliding pencil-like tip makes the application a no-brainer, even for the less coordinated among us. And did we mention it’s available exclusively at Barneys?
Lipstick Queen Stella
Shrinking violet? Hardly. Lipstick Queen’s Stella merges old Hollywood glam with a modern purple punch. The satin-y texture makes putting this lipstick on an absolute delight, and the pigment is extraordinarily long-lasting.
Givenchy Limited Edition Crocodile Case Le Rouge
A lipstick and collector’s item in one. A mere 3,000 units (and only 300 units in the U.S.) of Givenchy’s iconic shade, Carmin Escarpin No. 306, have been repackaged in rare crocodile skin, taking the ever-flattering hue that symbolizes old-world elegance into new realm of luxury.
NARS Audacious Lipstick – Michiyo
‘Fun’ and ‘fuchsia’ are virtually synonymous. Guarantee good times at your holiday parties—and beyond—with this festive shade from none other than NARS. A single swipe is all you need—promise.
Claudio Riaz Lip & Cheek #6
This dark, rose red hue works on both lip and cheek, for day and night, giving this product ‘Makeup M.V.P.’ status. For best results, pair with one of Claudio Riaz’s world-famous brushes.