I’ve always been a fan of bold lipsticks; I’d happily wear a deep crimson or rich magenta coupled with dewy skin and slick of mascara any day of the week. Obviously, when it comes to vivid shades, the more pigmented, the better; but these opaque, colour-saturated formulas often come at a price- dry, flaky, cracked lips.
Lipstick has always seemed to have gone either one of two ways- smooth and silky but a little too sheer or bold and pigmented but with a dry and dragging texture. In recent times this is something that the beauty industry has made efforts to address and has done an awesome job of solving this problem, hitting the nail on the head with beautifully opaque shades that keep lips plump and hydrated.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that lipstick is the single makeup item that brings the most joy to my life. It has magical, instant makeover powers that work for everyone. A slick of colour will instantly perk up your complexion and make you feel more polished and put together. Diving in to deeper shades of lipstick is one of my most favourite things about the cooler months, though admittedly I’ll happily sport a burgundy lip in the height of summer too.
The Oscars 2015 took over social media last night; and while everyone was inspecting the stunning gowns and waiting on tenterhooks for the award announcements, I was looking out for the winning beauty looks. For me, this year’s landslide champion in the makeup stakes was Aussie beauty, Margot Robbie who proved that there’s no better accessory than a red lipstick.
Matte lipstick has never been an easy choice for me. The chalky textures and the quick drying, pasty formulas have me reaching for a cleansing wipe quicker than you can say, “pass the lip balm.” There’s always that fear that a lack of sheen will highlight every fault and unsightly line around the mouth. But I love bold, high-impact lip colours and to be honest these just pack more of a punch in matte formulas.