When it comes to what lipstick I wear, I let my emotions decide. My mood changes and so does my lipstick preference; one day I may be feeling confident and bold, and the next laidback, cool and edgy, and I want my lipstick to express that. The same goes for those days where I want to let my lips do the talking and take control of the vibe I give off. Choosing from powerful reds that are going to make a lasting impression at work – in that meeting – or a romantic lip that’s going to make your partner swoon, there are a million and one opportunities inside your makeup bag.
Which alter-ego do you feel today? Clinch that dream job with a killer red, pin down the one with a romantic sheer pink or express your alternative punk side with darkness, glitter and shimmer – unlock every side of you with this selection of lip looks…
1. The Cool Chick
For days when cool, calm and understated is on the cards, choose the Benefit California Kissin’ Colorbalm Moisturising Lip Balm in shade Nude-Pink. This bold balm has the 8-hour colour payoff of a lipstick with the texture and nourishing and plumping effect of a lip balm. Did I mention that it also smells of mouth-watering mango? Yum! I love this pinky nude shade because it subtly enhances your natural lips, giving the impression that your lips always look like that. Looking good is basically effortless with this balm – and, what’s cooler than looking like you’re not trying?
2. The Edgy Rocker
If you’re feeling particularly punky, reach for GIVENCHY Le Rouge Night Noir. This glittering black shade packs all the avant-garde, rule-breaking energy you love from GIVENCHY, so you can unlock your edgy rocker alter-ego.
Glittering black and sheer shade 01 – Night In Light balances the intensity of black with a wash of deep darkness lit up with flecks of multi-coloured sparkle. The glitter particles in the lipstick formula reflect light for added intrigue to this mysterious night-life inspired lip shade. The formula is not all punk and studs though, it does care – for your lips – with a hyaluronic acid and acmella oleracea flowers formula which help to improve the appearance of your lips while you wear it.
3. The Girly-Girl
Think 90’s pop princess – that’s how you’ll feel after applying this gloss! A of the sweep of bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Balm looks playful and girly while giving the impressions of younger fuller-looking lips. The glossy formula has the softening and hydrating effect of a nourishing lip balm with the colour and finish of a lip gloss without the drying effect which often occurs. The vegan balm also contains antioxidants and plumping omegas that help to improve the overall look of your lips. What shade am I wearing for this look? The clear shade Clarity because it’s a classic glossy lip, and looks like my lips but better.
4. The Confident Boss Woman
Dior Rouge Ultra Spice is your confidence-boost that you can tap into when times are tough and you’re lacking boldness; all you do is swipe and your wildest dreams will seem more possible and acing that job interview success is basically guaranteed!
The creme de la creme of lipsticks, DIOR Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge in 641 – Ultra Spice, in my opinion, is the perfect red shade. The spicy and deep red colour leaves those post box red tones in the dust and shows off a chic and rich shade that says: “I’m a confident boss woman”. As you slick your lipstick on it feels super hydrated and the colour is so intensely pigmented so that you can be sure your colour or confidence won’t fade while you’re wearing it.
5. The Hopeless Romantic
Stealing hearts and looks, the Urban Decay Vice in Sheer Liar is the lipstick that pulls on the heartstrings. The soft and romantic Vice Sheer Liar is a dewy pink shade that is made for date night with a balmy and fresh pigmented colour. The lightweight formula is super comfortable and also makes sure your lips are taken care of after with nourishing ingredients like aloe vera and jojoba oil so that lips are never dry and feel soft.
6. The Perfectionist
The Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Lip Conditioner is the choice that will satisfy your inner perfectionist. For when only the best lipstick finish will do, the 100% natural formula from Antipodes is great for priming lips with moisture leaving them soft and smooth so that your lipstick applies and wears like a dream. The strengthening balm also protects lips against damaging free radicals thanks to an antioxidant-rich formula while nourishing them with vitamins, omegas and nutrients, so you can achieve picture-perfect pout when your lipstick comes off too.