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Each fall, I am magnetically drawn to the newsstands where I stare in wonder at the incredibly thick fall fashion issues. I buy them up in some magazine-starved frenzy, lug them home and then delicately pore over each magical page, savoring the excitement and newness of the season.

But the enchantment ends when I realize that sadly, I can’t participate in this extravaganza of clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, fragrance and makeup. Sure, I’d love to go to Barneys and clean out the accessories department. But someone’s got to pay that bill and so far the NY State Lotto Commission isn’t helping me out.

benefits-of-lipstick.jpgBut I allow myself one small splurge to indulge in the spirit of the season (and then sometime in late November, I go to Barneys and buy the shoes on sale). This fall I am definitely buying a tube of Benefit 24K Sexy Gold Lipstick. Don’t let the name scare you. This metallic beauty gives lips a subtle wash of gold and is sheer enough to be worn alone or over your favorite lipstick. It will give you the perfect touch of warmth and glow for fall…and will go great with your new bag (or shoes).

How to wear it: Wear it over bare lips for a translucent touch of gold day or night. Layer it over your favorite nude lipstick or lip pencil for a sophisticated daytime look. For nighttime, layer it over rich browns, reds or berries to add sparkle and dimension. It comes in a lip gloss formula as well for those who like extra sheen. The gloss can be layered over pencils and lipsticks in the same way.

Makeup artist tip: Apply with a brush to the center of the lips to create a full, pouty lip.

This is a limited edition product so don’t miss out. Every girl deserves to be layered in gold this fall, even if you aren’t shopping at Cartier.

Benefit 24K Sexy Gold Lipstick ($20)

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