So, pucker up, it’s time to learn about lip makeup…
Taking the form of a stick, pencil or liquid, lipstick can be subdivided into several categories, including satin, long wearing, moisturising, matte, frosted, gloss, glaze and cream. If you suffer from dry lips, opt for a product like Urban Decay’s Cream Vice Lipstick. These rich, creamy lippies contain nourishing natural oils to condition and moisturise. This makes for a sheer, high-shine finish that’s sure to leave you smiling.
Tinted Lip Balm
First marketed in the 1880s, lip balm is a waxy salve generally applied to cracked or sore lips for its soothing benefits. Often containing products like camphor, beeswax and sunscreen, lip balm is designed to seal in moisture and guard against exposure to the elements. Tinted lip balm offers up a little bit extra in terms of colour, so you get the best of both worlds. Maybelline’s Baby Lips range of lip balms is the perfect addition to your makeup kit – with many options including medicated and tinted balms.
Sometimes containing a subtle colour, lip gloss is embraced around the world for its lustrous quality. These products are marketed as soft solids or liquids and come in a variety of finishes including glossy, metallic, frosted and glittery. If you’re in the market for quality lip gloss, the lightweight Duo Chromatic Lip Gloss range from NYX delivers a brilliant shine for a truly kissable pout.
Distributed as a gel or liquid, lip stains are designed to produce an intense, long-lasting pigment. While the vibrant colour and long wear of lip stains is unsurpassed, they can leave lips feeling dry and are not recommended for use during the colder winter months. Additionally, stains are difficult to remove and you will need to get your hands on a lip oil to aid with cleaning. When used correctly, lip stains are a terrific addition to your beauty arsenal, and if you’d like to own this trend, we suggest going with a Glossy Stain from Yves Saint Laurent. Available in a range of tints, this revolutionary product combines a lightweight texture with highly saturated colour for a dramatic, head-turning look.
The next time you’re standing at the makeup counter, you needn’t feel lost. Consider what it is you need from a product and shop accordingly. Provided you are buying quality items from reputable brands, it’s difficult to go wrong, so have fun with it!