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Three New Orleans couples put three locally made lipsticks to the test

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PHOTO BY KENNETH LAFRANCE
  • Photo by Kenneth LaFrance

Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus, chefs and co-owners of Coquette restaurant

How they met:
The produce guy at their former restaurants set them up

Favorite date idea:
Steak dinner

Kristen's favorite thing about Michael:
"He's an extremely kind person and I appreciate that, not only in our relationship but especially in the environment of working in kitchens."

Michael's favorite thing about Kristen:
"The amount of integrity she brings to everything she does is really impressive, both professionally and personally."

The lipstick:
Kristen wears Matte Liquid Lipstick from the Suede Collection in Flirty, $24, by Kismet Cosmetics.

Lipstick likes:
Kristen says: "I don't really wear lipstick — I don't know how to put it on or take it off, and most of the time it ends up running away ... but this is staying put and it's beautiful. It doesn't feel sticky at all. I'm much more comfortable than I thought I'd be."



PHOTO BY KENNETH LAFRANCE
  • Photo by Kenneth LaFrance

Anais St. John, singer and music teacher at Trinity Episcopal School, and Marco St. John, owner of Renaissance Works

How they met:
Singles night at a bar on St. Charles Avenue

Favorite date idea:
Dinner, followed by live music and dancing

Anais' favorite thing about Marco:
"He's a man's man, and a woman's man, and a kid's man. He is all of the above."

Marco's favorite thing about Anais:
"After 20 years ... it's the totality of Anais. My favorite thing is that it is her and all of those nuances — that's who and what I love and what we have built. ... My favorite thing is all of it."

The lipstick:
Anais wears Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Dorothy, $16, by Magnolia Makeup.

Lipstick likes:
Anais says: "I love the color. It's a perfect, classic red. To me, it's for the woman who knows who she is and is confident in who she is and is looking for that red that goes with everything. ... It's not too dry, and when I put it on, it had a moisturizing feel to it."



PHOTO BY KENNETH LAFRANCE
  • Photo by Kenneth LaFrance

Fabiola Divins, co-owner of Paint'd nail design studio, and Charles Divins, WDSU-TV morning anchor

How they met:
Sunday Funday in Los Angeles

Favorite date idea:
Exploring something new in the city — a restaurant, a neighborhood or a new shop — or picnicking in Audubon Park

Fabiola's favorite thing about Charles:
"He motivates me. He inspires me. He makes me feel safe all the time. I love ... that he's a part of my life. It's such a special feeling."

Charles' favorite thing about Fabiola:
"I love her passion for life. She really is connected to the feeling of whatever the moment is. She's alive, she's present and turned up to 11."

The lipstick:
Fabiola wears Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Kitten, $16, by Magnolia Makeup.

Lipstick likes:
Fabiola says: "I love how I don't feel like I have anything on. I could kiss (Charles) right now and it won't rub off. It's red and it's bold."


Special thanks to the management and staff of the Carousel Bar & Lounge (Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 504-523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com) for hosting our shoot.

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