Also known as sheer lipstick, this type of lippy is ideal for those who suffer from dry lips, thanks to its high oil content. After application, your lips have a subtle shine (not a gloss-level sheen) and a whole lot of moisture. Try NYX’s Simply Nude Lip Cream, available in six earthy shades that’ll leave your lips with a subtle satin finish.
Liquid lipsticks are designed to enhance the illusion of depth, so lips appear slightly fuller than they actually are. So, for those looking to perfect that pout, this lipstick option is best for you. We’re big fans of Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick because of its ultra-shine glaze and full-bodied pigments.
These lipsticks have a flat effect as opposed to a shiny appearance, and are characterised by their ability to last longer. Besides longevity, matte lipsticks are also designed to leave your lips looking smooth and fuller. We recommend Urban Decay’s Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick. The super-creamy, non-drying formula will soon have your lips looking and feeling amazing!
You’ll find cream lipsticks to be fairly waxy in texture, while being very moisturising and long-lasting. Ideal for women with smaller lips, the cream formula isn’t too shiny, and its waxy texture makes for a fuller lip look. For perfectly kissable lips, we suggest adding a clear gloss over your cream lipstick. Try NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream for a burst of creamy colour that sets with a gorgeous matte finish.
#5 Lip stain
Although some people may not consider lip stains to be lipstick, we believe that if it’s accentuating your pout, it’s a lipstick – and a great one at that! Highly pigmented, lip stain is designed to coat your lips in colour while maintaining your natural look. You may find on application that it dries your lips slightly, but don’t fret – that’s temporary, and necessary for the colour to stick to your lips. Give YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain a go for a combination of irresistible texture and long-lasting shine.
The lipstick market is huge, offering a multitude of products with different effects and characteristics. The best part about a good lippy is that it works whatever mood you’re in, so have fun shopping for lipstick types that suit you!