Beauty: Love your lips!
Now there’s more than lipstick – pucker up with these new buys
Years ago, if you wanted to buy a lip product, your choice would be limited to gloss, lipsticks and balms. Nowadays, there’s a nearendless array of formulas and finishes to choose from. But where do you start? Find your ideal match here…
1 The liquid lip
Applied like a gloss, liquid lippie has more staying power than your traditional lipstick. The pointed sponge tip allows for better precision, too, so you won’t miss any corners. To avoid it bleeding, use a lip liner and don’t overload the applicator. The liquid formula lends itself to matte and even metallic finishes that don’t look old-fashioned. e.l.f. Liquid Matte Lipstick, £6, comes in strong colours, but without the tacky finish.
2 The wet balm
Similar to a tinted balm but infused with even more moisture, this nifty product brings together skincare and make-up in one little pot. Glamglow Poutmud Wet Lip Balm Treatment,
£16, come in six shades (we like Love Scene, pictured) and has a sheer finish so, the more colour you want, the more layers you apply. Shea butter and sweet almond oil help to keep chapped, dry patches at bay.
3 The colourenhancers
Just when you thought everything had already been invented, along comes Primark’s poutenhancers. Fancy taking your favourite shade a little darker? Slick on a layer of PS Instagirl Lip Filter in Blackout, £2, which tints the colour. On the other end of the spectrum, apply the Lip Filter in Frosty, £2, to lighten, or focus the application on the middle of your lower lip to give the illusion of a fuller pout.
4 The gloss crayon
For those who favour a lowmaintenance, high-shine finish, lip glosses have been the usual go-to option, but the traditional stick applicator often resulted in a gloopy, messy finish (has anyone else had their hair stick to their lips?). A great option to create a plumpedup look, Essence Butter Stick Glossy Love, £2.50, allows easy application, rich colour and non-sticky shine – and no mirror required.
5 The lipstick with benefits
If you find yourself reaching for your lip balm throughout the day, slimline your routine with make-up that has added skincare benefits. L’Oréal Age Perfect Rouge Lumiere Lipstick, £7.99, contains emollients and oils to moisturise and do away with chapped lips, with a gorgeous colour to boot. The focus on ‘repairing’ ingredients also means that the condition of your lips improves over time.
TOP TIP Avoid bleeding lips by using a clear lip pencil to work with any shade. Try Kiko Invisible Lip Liner, £5.90.