If there is anything in my make-up arsenal that I cannot live without, it would have to be lipstick. Hands-down, a new lip colour can quickly update, define and polish your overall look, and a swipe of that bullet can do wonders to brighten up your complexion.
As an advocate of the bold lip and having exhausted every single bright from the M.A.C collection ; corals to pinks, fuschias and reds, I can attest that the next best (or better) thing, is: Stila — ‘stay all day liquid lipstick.’
If you’re anything like me, then you will also know that a punchy red lip can make a girl feel…well, bullet proof. With no bullet to speak of — it comes in a casing that you would expect from a gloss — there is plenty of concentrated colour from this little number. My new favourite is Tesoro — an orange red (pictured) which is the perfect pick-me-up for those days when I want to wear black, but also require a pop of colour.
Enriched with Vitamin E and Avocado, the lipstick comes with a doe foot and is easy to apply. I would advise outlining your lips with a lip pencil first, for ease of keeping within the parameters of your lips, and avoiding that botched-up, cosmetic surgery look — Pete Burns, you know who you are.
Also, try applying the lipstick with a lip brush (swiping from the wand), to avoid big clumps of colour. Out of convenience, I tend to top-up during the day directly from the applicator (rather than a brush), without too much trouble.
The lip colour sets like a matte, but the feel is rather light, with long lasting colour. It can feel a little drying if you’re not used to mattes, so be sure to apply a touch of moisturiser or lip conditioner, beforehand.
Stila ‘stay all day liquid lipstick’ comes in 9 deliciously beautiful colours; nudes to dusty rose, mauves, corals and a true red.
Now you’re ready, set…bullet proof!