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.