LET’S BE CLEAR

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION, KARLYA SMITH -

The dream sum­mer day, for me at least, starts with a sleep-in, moves through to cof­fee and a book in the sun, then on to the beach. Some time in the mid to late af­ter­noon there’s a shift to the pub, and since this is a dream day, your hair has dried beau­ti­fully from the sea water and all you need to feel ready for an evening out is a bit of lip­stick.

Some colours and tex­tures are par­tic­u­larly easy to wear un­der these cir­cum­stances, so I’ve rounded up a few of the best. Your mileage may vary – our pref­er­ences are our own – but to my mind, these are the lip­sticks to keep in your bag through the warmer months. They’ll go per­fectly with the slip dress you’ve put on over your now-dry togs.

If you’ve used any Bobbi Brown lip­sticks be­fore, you won’t be shocked to hear that the brand’s Crushed Lip Colours, $54, are ex­cel­lent. Hy­drat­ing and com­fort­able to wear, they have a low-key, worn-in fin­ish that makes them ideal for wear­ing with­out much other makeup. The shade Ca­bana is a muted co­ral that will brighten your whole face and it’s also lovely worn as a blush. My one is­sue is that it doesn’t come with an ice bucket of cham­pagne, as the name sug­gests it maybe should.

Equally easy to wear is the MAC clas­sic Twig, and even more beach-bag friendly is the fact that it comes in a mini size for $22. It’s a soft, browny pink that will suit you per­fectly if you’re not huge on co­ral shades like the one above. I’m yet to meet an RMS Beauty prod­uct I didn’t get along well with, and its Wild With De­sire lip­stick in the shade Firestarter, $44, is the lat­est. It’s a smooth, lightly sheeny or­ange-red that will make you feel like or­der­ing a gin and tonic. The one to go for when you want to up the ante some­what.

Along those same lines but at a more at­trac­tive $30 price point is the Revlon Ul­tra HD Gel Lip­stick in Adobe. The for­mula is mid­way be­tween a lip­stick and a gloss, and the chilli, brick red colour is par­tic­u­larly lovely on darker skin tones. Like the RMS op­tion, it’s a win­ner for when you want to bring a bit of drama to your post-beach look.

Sills navy check dress, $379

Adam Sel­man x Le Specs,

Cot­ton x stan­dard is­sue sheer tur­tle, $290

Lonely Lena UW bra in Topaz, $90

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