Unsung Makeup Heroes: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in 39

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Here I’m wearing orangey coral Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in 39, an Unsung Makeup Hero

I’m thinking about having the words, “It’s Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in 39,” printed on a t-shirt, and I’ll tell you why.

Because whenever I wear it, I must get asked 10 times a day what I’m wearing on my lips.


It’s almost as flattering as the lipstick itself. 🙂

If I had that shirt, I could just smile, open my jacket and BAM! — point at the shirt.

Once you start wearing this satiny, orangey coral ($19, available now at Make Up For Ever Boutiques and counters, Sephora stores and also online), you’ll see what I mean.

It’s one of those colors you can’t miss when it walks into a room, so be prepared to answer questions about it as you go about your day.

I think it has something to do with the opacity, for one. The bright block of solid color really showcases your lips. That, and the orangey tones, which are just so…bright.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 39

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 39 swatch

You might be wondering if you’re looking at a dupe for MAC Ravishing. Well, they have some things in common, as you can tell. Both are full-coverage corals, but I think 39 is brighter, although not as shiny, and much more orange than Ravishing.

The satin finish could almost pass for matte, which, I don’t know, gives it a vintage, almost ’50s feel. For a modern take on a retro look, I like wearing it with smokey cat eyes and mint green nail polishes like Zoya’s Neely ($8).

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 39

With the thick, concentrated Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense formula, a little goes a long way, and I can’t complain at all about the wear time. I can slip it on right after breakfast, make it through lunch and two cups of tea, and not have to touch it up until late afternoon.

The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands. 🙂

The Harlem Shake?

I know I’m probably the last one aboard this boat/train, but have you seen any of these Harlem Shake videos on YouTube? Apparently, it’s a thing, and it’s HILARIOUS!

Wait for it…

You’ll love this one…


Ohmigosh, the one with the firefighters had me laughing so hard!! I had tears rolling down my cheeks.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. as;lkdfjgh everything about this look. Everything about it! /flails The lip, your earrings… that eye! <3

    Have a great weekend, Karen 😛
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  2. CrystalCandy says:

    Ohh I wish I bought this one, I got 34 and 32 instead. Love 32 but not sure about 34. 38 and 39 were on my wish list too, so I guess 39 will be in my next order. lol

  3. Larie says:

    Oooh, I love the almost-matte finish! And your earrings are adorable!
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  4. gio says:

    What a gorgeous shade! Love the earrings too!
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  5. J.L. says:

    What are you wearing on your eyes??? So pretty!

  6. Teri says:

    You got me at the word coral! I fully understand why everyone asks what you are wearing because it’s super pretty, eeeee! Must get this one if I stop by the store next time! ^^
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  7. Agata says:

    Wowee, you look stunning girl! The lipstick is pretty but the eyes!!!? What are you wearing? Also, what nail polish are you wearing?

  8. hanna says:

    A beautiful shade.
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  9. Shang J. says:

    This lipstick looks flattering on you Karen. Seriously! ♥
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  10. Vineetha says:

    Wow Beautiful shade and Its looking great on you karen !

  11. Monica P says:

    Hoookay, those are the strangest videos ever.

    Like the lipstick! I think Makeup Forever has awesome products, I just wish they had more wearable colors.

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  12. mini says:

    The shade looks almost neon in the swatch, pretty but difficult to pull off. It looks gorgeous on you, goes well with that top and the eye makeup.

  13. Jennifer says:

    I love the way you do your makeup! That lip color is way too coral for me though!

  14. Tovah says:

    When I saw the #39 lipstick at Sephora, I knew that I HAD TO HAVE IT. I love corals (although everyone else is trying to steer me away from them. So, you know how it is when you find the perfect lipstick, only to find they’re out of it…well, that’s what happened.

    Nothing, however, was going to stop me from having that lipstick and I ordered off the site and, oh my gosh, it IS gorgeous! Perfect for Spring although I wear it year-round of course. lol.

  15. Dollie says:

    It’s looking soooo pretty on you. I usually stay away from corals but seeing that we both are the same skin tone and its so fab on you, I think I’ll try this out 🙂

  16. Paddychat says:

    Very sweet and chic, and, I think, perfect color for a lot of skin tone !

  17. Jackie says:

    *Gasp* Your look is stunning, so is the lipstick, but I think that everything about your makeup here looks so harmonious. Pleaseeee let us know what where you wearing 🙂

  18. Tianne says:

    Your eyes are so beautiful in this- love the blonde streak in your hair. I haven’t seen this color yet and I LOVE it! I can’t help thinking your eyes look like the poster child for Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy Emergency kit. So pretty!

  19. Dani says:

    What are you wearing on your eyes? It looks so pretty! What am I saying, everything looks pretty on you!

  20. Jennifer says:

    Okay, I must go to Sephora tomorrow and buy that lipstick. It is sooo pretty and I love Makeup For Ever lipsticks. And I’m missing a coral. I had one from Smashbox that I really loved but it was in my purse when it was stolen last November 🙁
    A coral lipstick will totally help me get my spring groove on.
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