I used to love a bold lip and the more matte the better. I still love a bold lip but the commitment is just exhausting and unlike before I have more important things to do with my time like try and figure out who has unfollowed me on Insta and wondering if I can get away with another day of using dry shampoo. My main aim when looking for a lip colour now is it’s wearability and the comfort of it on the lips all day.
Lipstick just finishes off a look and makes the end result feel much more polished so I have been on the search for lipstick formulas and colours that require a lot less maintenance than my eyebrows. The qualities I look for in a lipstick formula are how it softens out if I don’t get a chance to reapply, how it looks after eating, and if I can easily top up straight from the bullet.
Even though you didn’t ask, and you probably don’t exist, I’ve taken it upon myself to spend far too much money on lipsticks to wade through the duds and find some gems that are obviously featured in the image I flogged on Instagram for this post. ~subtle~
It doesn’t matter how amazing or expensive the lipstick is, you always need a good balm to use religiously, particularly before you’re going to apply lipstick. My two favourites are good old Carmex and the Frank Body Lip Balm. I use either one of these/ whichever one of these I can find in my disaster of a handbag. The Frank Body Lip Balm though, s a favourite of mine to use with lipstick to spread the colour a bit and create more of a coloured balm look than a solid lipstick.
For a ‘your lips but better’ shade my all time favourite lipstick is NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita. I have been using it regularly for the last 2 ears and I don’t know if I’ll ever find anything to replace this. The formula is smooth and velvety, which is good considering the name of it, and it works perfectly to define your lips and polish your look without too much of a bold colour. I love this to wear for work. It fades off perfectly and subtly stains your lips. If you’re into over-lining your lips this is also really great for that as it still looks quite natural. Honestly just go buy this lipstick in this shade and thank me later.
Next up is an option that is ridiculously affordable. The Maybelline Baby Lips in Candied Mint (can be purchased from Priceline in store) is a sheer cherry shade that gives off a nice subtle sheen. Being a Priceline or supermarket buy this is a good option to chuck in your handbag just in case your face is needing a bit of a pick me up. Being a balm it’s super comfortable to wear and you’ll just ant to reapply because of how it makes your lips feel.
A new one to my collection is the Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Lover. This was a bit of a risk purchase but I’m a sucker for new releases at Mecca and work dangerously close to it so I had to. The risk part was that I bought a bright red shade even though I’ve got about 700 red lipsticks and I usually stick to matte shades. This lipstick is definitely not matte as it boasts lots of fancy ingredients that support keeping your lips moisturised so it is super balmy. I am still so impressed by this lipstick. It’s such a comfortable formula it really packs a punch in terms of pigment. This is the only bright lipstick I’ll wear to work as even though it’ll fade after a little while it doesn’t get crush like matte lipsticks or liquid lipsticks can, but still gives a bright, bold red lip.
Lastly, I’ve got another long time favourite and this one has come over from my MAC matte lipstick phase. It’s the MAC Lipstick in the shade Chili. This is a really wintery, brick red shade and one of the only matte lipsticks that feels totally comfortable and leaves a really nice stain on the lips once it fades down, which it takes ages to do. This is my go-to going out for drinks lipstick shade as it can withstand quite a few glasses of prosecco, and then even a few beers so need I say more?