Shiny, not sticky; matte but not drying; moisturising, not greasy. It’s a demanding list of requirements, so if finding the perfect lip product seems as likely as tracking down a unicorn, read on.
Whether you’re looking for nourishment, gloss or a bold pout, these lip-enhancing wonders will give you something to smile about.
ORIGINAL CITRUS ‘N’ HAPPY LIP BALM
This long-lasting balm from Lancashire-based brand Valley Mist is enriched with red mandarin, lavender and frankincense essential oils to soothe, protect and nourish.
GLOSS EMBRACE (PETAL)
Providing a smooth, non-sticky veil of colour whilst replenishing lips with nourishing oils and butters. Ms Eldridge never disappoints.
SUNSCREEN SPF 30
This beauty combines the hydration of a lip oil with the look of plumper lips from a gloss. Definitely one for the holiday bag.
Formulated with berry sugar to buff away dry skin whilst the bayberry fruit wax leaves lips with a healthy, glossy sheen.
LIP PLUMPING SERUM
With hyaluronic acid and Tripeptide, this serum from French brand Typology is not only pleasing on the eye but moisturising on the lips. Visibly smooths the lip contour and helps stimulate collagen production for a plumping effect.
A square-tipped brush for precise lipstick application à la Tilbury.
RETRO MATTE LIPSTICK
Whether you actually wear a red lip or just like the idea of it, the quest to find your best shade, often at an airport at 1am, may often prove costly and futile. The blue-red tone of Mac’s classic Ruby Woo is iconic for a reason. Just saying.
MODERN MATTE LIPSTICK
& MODERN LIP DEFINER
The rich and creamy formula of the Vieve lipsticks is enriched with vitamin E so that lips feel moisturised whilst the finish is matte. Highly pigmented, buildable and blendable, there’s surely a shade for all. Add volume and definition with the lip definer, enriched with jojoba seed oil, it glides on and stays put. Go lightly or full on 90s glam.