April 10, 2016

Your guide to spring’s best lipstick shades and formulas.


What better time to update your make up than spring, right? Okay, I’ll be honest, I never really need a reason to buy more makeup but spring brings with it added incentive - new collections and shades from our favourite brands. But if the idea of a makeup overhaul makes you and your bank account shudder, just look to invest in new lipsticks instead. And if there ever was a time to invest in a new set of lippies, now is it, with the vampy lip trend finally dying down. The beauty junkies of the world are making the shift from Bordeaux to beige and nude lip is staging a comeback. You can also thank the likes of Kylie Jenner and her sold-out lip kits for bringing classic ‘90s shades like chocolate brown and mauve back into game. So ditch your wine-stained lips and grab an ultra-matte liquid lipstick this season instead!

Colour Pop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Lumiere 2

Indie makeup brands are ruling the beauty world these days. From E.L.F to NYX, these drug store brands are giving mainstream companies some serious competition. Joining the list of such brands is new kid on the block: ColourPop. Their ultra-matte liquid lipsticks have mastered the perfect formula which is matte, long lasting and non-drying/flaking. What more can a girl ask for? Taking us to the complete opposite end of the spectrum from the full body wine stained, plum lip, Lumiere 2 is a soft mauve shade that’s universally flattering. If you’re looking for an easy to wear, every day shade to help you out of your beauty rut, this is it! You can order ColourPop online or through one of the numerous local makeup pages on Facebook.


ColourPop Cosmectics Ultra Matte Lip in Highball

Before wine stained was the look to have, neon pink was all the rage. From NARS’s Schiap to MAC’s Candy Yum Yum or their super bright Viva La Nickie in collaboration with Nickie Manaj, high impact fuchsia lips were all everyone was sporting. Bring back the drama, ColourPop’s Highball is an electric pink that you can spot from a mile afar. The only issue with Highball is that it only suits either the super fair or the dusky, leaving a wide gap in complexion spectrum who can look but not touch!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid to Matte Lipsticks in Pure Hollywood

Apart from neons, nudes are ruling the roost. Dusty rose and a slight lip enhancing natural shade are all the rage and for good reason. They look subtle, can be worn as a staple and if you combine the soft shade with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ long lasting liquid lipstick formula, you have on your hands a touch up free lippie that won’t budge all day. Pure Hollywood is one of Anastasia’s best-selling shades and it makes sense because unlike most nudes that only suit a certain complexion, this dusty rose works across the spectrum.


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Como

Let me just start by saying that Stila’s liquid lipsticks are some of the best I‘ve tried, and believe me when I say I‘ve tried a lot of them. Long lasting, non-drying and super matte, this is one formula you should invest in. Como makes the cut because of the vibrancy of its purple. Another headlight shade, it veers close to neon and stops just short of it. Unlike Highball, this goes with several skin tones but looks best on fair, olive or darker complexions. It’s versatile and looks great even when worn on its on without any other makeup. Definitely a spring makeup must-have.