Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - BEAUTY -

In Beauty­land at the mo, all the big brands are busy launch­ing their au­tumn/win­ter col­lec­tions and looks, and this sea­son it’s all about lips.

Metal­lic lips as seen at Dior’s haute couture au­tumn/ win­ter 2013 show, matte lips at Marni, and ma­genta mouths at Vera Wang. Ba­si­cally, it’s all about ‘no­tice me’ lips.

Skin on the lips is thin­ner than on the rest of the face. This makes lips vul­ner­a­ble to dry­ness, as mois­ture evap­o­rates much faster. Over time, lips get thin­ner and paler, but the skin on the lips re­news it­self ev­ery five days, so mois­tur­is­ing, fol­lowed by ex­fo­li­at­ing, will have your lips in per­fect con­di­tion for what­ever lip trend you choose.

We all know the old trick of us­ing a tooth­brush and some lip balm to get rid of dry lips. Re­mem­ber, this goes for the boys as well.

May­belline’s cute Baby Lips lip balm, left, €3.99, will give you ex­actly what it says: baby-soft lips. Choose from three tinted and three sheer va­ri­eties.

For the metal­lic lip­stick-look to be wear­able, I’d use a lip­stick with some sheen in it, fol­lowed by the glossi­est lip gloss on top, such as MAC She-Zam Daz­zle­glass, right, €16.

Lan­come’s new L’Ab­solu Velours, €25, has the rich­ness and ap­pli­ca­tion of a gloss, but the cov­er­age and hold of a lip­stick for a vel­vety matte fin­ish.

You want to steer clear of the fried-chicken greasy lip. You know — when too much gloss is ap­plied. Try Revlon’s Colour Burst Lip­Gloss, right, €7.99, in Embellished. I’m rock­ing it in my photo, above. It’s two trends in one: the ma­genta lip and the slight slick look.

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