Living in Covid times has put lips in the shade, somewhat. Since mouths are now hidden much of the time, when the masks do come off, it’s a good idea to ensure they look their best. Hello, fall lip products.
Now that a protective face mask is everybody’s new best friend, anything worn underneath one needs to stay put. The right lip product hugs the contours of your lips, makes them feel good, and, crucially, lasts. Nowadays, beauty fans want formulas that offer brilliant color pay-off, while also infusing lips with nourishing ingredients – and preferably in packaging that lifts the spirits, too. Because, why not?
Fall is a time to introduce all manner of warm hues: pillarbox red, rosy pink and burnished bronze all deserve a spot in your make-up bag come October. As skin becomes increasingly wind and cold-ravaged, it’s nice to distract with a pop of color on lips – and the same rule applies when tired eyes are all you can see on Zoom. Pack a punch with Christian Louboutin’s Matte Fluid Lip Colour, or Lisa Eldridge’s Velvet Blush Lip Color.
For those who like just a hint of color – a stain effect – look to Bobbi Brown’s Crushed Lip Colors and Victoria Beckham Beauty’s Posh Lipsticks, which are balmy and beautiful and can be patted into lips or built up for more color. Honest Beauty’s Lip Crayons and Clarins Velvet Lip Perfectors are excellent for on-the-go application. If it’s a long-lasting finish you want, then Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink Lipstick will not budge, no matter what you throw at it.
The color averse should look to nourishing balms or glosses with a twinkle. Tom Ford’s Soleil Lip Balm in Frost delivers a subtle glimmer to lips and looks good enough to eat – like frosted sugar – in the bullet, while Dior’s Lip Maximizer in Copper Gold plumps lips while imparting a glossy sheen. And then, of course, there’s Nars’ Oil-Infused Lip Tint, which is ultra-nourishing and delivers a lovely, sheer wash of color.
Holding image photography: Carlos Teixeira
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk