A Mod­ern Lip

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Looks -

HOW TO GET IT State­ment red looks youth­ful when paired with min­i­mal sup­port­ing make-up. ‘A barely there base cou­pled with soft taupe or neu­tral, glit­tery eye­shadow shades is the op­po­site of the painted-on retro look, which looks dated on ma­ture faces,’ says Caro­line Barnes, UK and Ire­land Max Fac­tor brand am­bas­sador. New creamy matte tex­tures blend beau­ti­fully when pat­ted in with fin­gers to pro­vide a softer fin­ish. But the best way to wear red is by be­ing con­fi­dent, says Caro­line. ‘Yes, it may take courage to put on, es­pe­cially if you’re not used to wear­ing such a bold colour, but red lip­stick cre­ates a pow­er­ful party look that will in­stantly lift your mood.’ Our sea­sonal favourites are: Estée Lauder Pure Colour De­sire Rouge Ex­cess Lip­stick in Shoutout, £34; Chanel Rouge Allure Vel­vet Ex­trême in Ex­trême, £31; and Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color in Red Car­pet, £28. HOW TO KEEP IT Bolder-coloured lip­sticks tend to go the dis­tance – their in­creased num­ber of pig­ments gives them more stay­ing power – but it’s worth lin­ing lips first with a clear lip liner to pre­vent bleeding. If nudes and pinks are more your style, new longer-last­ing for­mu­las mean there’s less chance of them fad­ing, but keep­ing lips in prime con­di­tion helps any shade stay put. Used nightly, Fresh Sugar Lip Won­der Drops Ad­vanced Ther­apy, £21.50 (John Lewis & Part­ners), sloughs off dry patches, thanks to a gen­tle blend of fruit acids. We’ve been ap­ply­ing Kiehl’s Overnight Lip But­ter­mask For Lips, £22, af­ter­wards for lips that are plump and primed for colour.

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