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Best Tinted Lip Balms: Moisturise and Repeat

Some long-wearing lipsticks can dry out your pout so it’s important to mix up your collection to include moisturising lip products. Treat dry lips to a lip balm or lip tint, designed to moisturise the skin and enrich your lips with hydrating ingredients. Look out for beeswax and camellia oil which are renowned for their gentle, nourishing properties. Moisturising lip balms can be used as a skin treatment while you sleep, whereas tinted and fragranced lip balms will subtly enhance your pout during the day. If you suffer from dry lips, take a couple of lipstick-free days a week and reinvigorate your skin with a gentle lip balm instead.

Best Matte Lipsticks: Matte Mates

If lipgloss and wind sounds like a nightmare to you, consider a matte lipstick. Many women swear by matte lipsticks for their quick-drying nature, attractive opaque finish and long-lasting wear. Choose from a wide range of colours from nude to vibrant red. If you’re using a matte lipstick with a liquid consistency, consider applying lip liner beforehand to guide your hand and keep it from running. It can be a little extra effort to apply matte lipstick but the stunning results are worth it.

Best Red Lipsticks: Be Bold

You can never be ‘too pale’ for red lipstick. In fact, bold lip shades can often look the most stunning on cool complexions. Many makeup artists would recommend playing up a colour contrast, for example red lipstick with black hair, white skin or blue eyes. Did you know there are more shades of red than you could count? From pillar box to wine, crimson and classic red, there’s bound to be one for you. Make sure to use a lipliner matched to the colour of your skin when applying red lipstick. If you use a different shade of red it can create a confusing two-tone effect.

Best Nude Lipsticks: Stay Neutral

Vibrant red can be brilliant for some but overwhelming for others. Neutral lipsticks perfectly suit those with pale skin, but can also enhance a warm, glowing tan. Many ladies use nude lipstick as a relaxed day shade before upgrading to a classic red when the sun sets. Popular natural colours include terracotta, pale pink, warm honey and light brown. Stay as close as possible to your natural colour for a realistic finish or opt for a few shades up to draw attention to your pout. Remember to consider your undertones - orange shades can complement those with warm skin but wash out those with cool undertones. Always test neutral lipsticks on your lips if possible - the back of your hand is a totally different shade.

Best Long-lasting Lipsticks: Long Life Lips

Tired of checking your reflection and wondering where your colour went? Invest in a lipstick that will stay on regardless of what life throws at it. Longwear lipsticks use water-resistant ingredients such as beeswax, olive oil and coconut butter to create a ‘second skin’ effect that stays colour-true throughout the day. Longwear lipsticks come in as many textures and shades as regular lipsticks so you never need worry about compromising on your look. They’re kiss-proof and smudge-proof for full protection as you go about your day. To ensure a smooth finish, gently exfoliate your lips prior to using a long-lasting lipstick. This will remove flaky skin and enable your lipstick to last the day.

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