Over 138 years ago, the first commercial lipstick was invented by French perfumery brand, GUERLAIN; crafted using deer tallow, castor oil and beeswax, the lip colour was wrapped in silk paper and applied using a brush. Since 1884, beauty lovers have come a long way to demand more from our lipsticks; today, we can choose everything from hyaluronic acid-infused formulas to eco-friendly refillable designs, all thanks to our favourite beauty brands.
We’re lucky enough to experience each pioneering lip colour as it comes through the door, and our trend-spotters have marked this season’s must-have as skin-caring lipstick.
Harnessing the power of a lip balm and blending it with the rich, pigmented hues of a lipstick, this lineup of formulas certainly won’t disappoint. Whether you’re concerned with a loss of lip fullness or a dry, chapped pout, you’re sure to find a lip colour that suits your lip’s needs with this selection…
1. The Plumping Lipstick
Infused with hyaluronic acid, rose extract and shea butter
One of the earliest signs of ageing is a loss of volume in the lips, so what better way to target this than by using your favourite lipstick? I just had to start this list with the pioneers of lipstick: GUERLAIN. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, the GUERLAIN KissKiss Shine Bloom Lipstick works to smooth and nourish the lips for a seamless and youthful lip colour. The buttery balm-like texture envelopes your pout in a moisturising blend of winter rose extract and shea butter for a high-impact shine that’s perfectly paired with 12 hours of buildable pigmented colour – leaving your lips truly ‘kissable’.
2. The Comfortable Lipstick
Infused with mango butter and vitamin E
The GIVENCHY Sheer Velvet Lipstick is my winter must-have for dry, chapped lips this party season; unlock 24 hours of hydrating lip colour with the Le Rouge Sheer Velvet formula, a soft matte lipstick with a unique blurring effect. Enriched with deliciously nourishing mango butter, the collection offers 12 hours of comfortable and durable colour, so you can wave goodbye to creased, dry lipstick and enjoy a fuller and healthier-looking pout for longer. But it doesn’t stop there; packed with vitamin E, GIVENCHY’s lipstick also works to protect the lips from external aggressors, resulting in one innovative formula that both repairs and defends. And let’s not forget its luxurious silky finish.
3. The Defensive Lipstick
Infused with pro-xylane, rose oil and vitamin E
Fight off free radicals and shield your lips from damaging solar rays with the Lancome L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine Lipstick, a comforting lip colour that’s infused with antioxidant vitamin E. If the stunning sheer colour and sophisticated rose gold tube aren’t enough to wow you, Mademoiselle Shine has been formulated using pro-xylane (a natural sugar found in beech trees) for its nourishing complex, which works to prevent moisture loss. In true Lancome style, L’Absolu Mademoiselle is finished off with a touch of rose oil to deliver optimal comfort and performance. So, you can enjoy a gloss-like shiny finish, a fresh fruity fragrance and protect your lips in one sweep – it’s that easy!
4. The Smoothing Lipstick
Infused with sea buckthorn fruit oil, olive oil, pomegranate and jojoba oil
As a sensitive skin sufferer, I always consider the number of ingredients in my skincare routine, but I’ve never done the same for my lipstick. But that changed when I met the bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick; formulated with only 19 ingredients (40% less than top-selling brands) of which 76% are of natural origin, the Mineralist collection takes an eco-friendly approach to makeup.
The vegan lipstick has been formulated using sustainably sourced sea buckthorn fruit oil as it’s rich in minerals, vitamins and omega; the complex works to deeply condition and nourish the lips, whilst delivering a high-pigment satin finish. Perfect for anyone concerned with dryness or uneven texture, bareMinerals have leaned on their botanical expertise to blend an elixir of olive oil, pomegranate and jojoba oil for a refined and fuller lip. Plus, the delicate fruity scent of acai and pear is an added bonus!
5. The Nourishing Lipstick
Infused with aloe vera and avocado oil
Did you know that our lips are made up of only 3-4 layers of skin, as opposed to the 15-16 layers on our body? Yet we focus our whole skincare routine on our face. So, it’s time to change this by treating your delicate pout to a moisture boost with the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, a vegan formula enriched with 100% natural ingredients. Infused with a cocktail of aloe vera and avocado oil, this lipstick works to deeply nourish the thin skin on the lips and protect your pout from free radicals, which cause dryness. Whatever your skin type, the updated Urban Decay Vice Lipstick collection has a texture to suit your needs; from rich creams to smooth mattes, there’s something for everyone.