Lipstick is one of the most classic products a woman can have in her make-up bag, and while some of us as super fans, others aren’t always so keen. Personally I love a bit of lippy, whacking it on for an instant hit of colour when there’s no time to do up my eyes.
- Liner & Balm: Make-up artists use this technique all the time for creating natural looking lip lines. The trick is to find a nude or lip tone pencil that suits your colouring first (I like Rimmel Eastend Snob or Tiramisu €5.49) Apply it along the lip line, blending it in towards the center to avoid harsh lines for a seamless finish. If you prefer a matte finish, leave it, but for a more moisturizing feel, tap a little balm on top.
- Lip Crayons: These are so handy for throwing in your handbag, plus the fact that you can sharpen them makes getting a smoother edge to lips that bit easier too. My favourite lip crayons are from Lord & Berry which you can see in action here and Bobbi Brown Art Sticks (€26.50)
- Lip Stains: The ultimate lazy girl’s way to wear lip colour and not have to worry about maintenance! A good stain will see you through the day and my favourites have to be the YSL Vernis a Levres (€33). These give colour but also shine with a hybrid formula that is both stain and gloss. If you prefer a matte effect stain then check out No 7 Lip Stain pens (€11.75)
- Sheer Lipsticks & Colored Balms: A step up from stains and a step down from a traditional lipstick, sheer lip colours are the way forward if you want to play with shade and depth without feeling like you’re committing too much. In the summer I like to wear a sheer orange such as Bourjois Orange Punch Crayon (€10.99) where as in the winter, a sheer plum like Voluptuous Violet by Clinique is the ticket (€20)
Are you a traditional lipstick kinda gal or do you often opt for the alternatives?