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What's the one beauty item a Southern woman never leaves home without? Lipstick. Around the office, we're all abuzz over Louisiana's Kismet Cosmetics and its vibrant range of eight hues. The formula goes on smooth, and colors are blended to suit various skin tones—Burnout, a red, is particularly flattering. Shades range from the wear-anywhere Naked Gypsy (a nude color with pink undertones that won't wash you out) to playful shades of violet and coral to the sultry, deep plum-colored Vino. Bright, long-lasting lipsticks made in the South? Now there's a reason to smile pretty. $16;

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