Today it's all about lips. Lipsticks, lip pencils, butters, balms and lacquers, I have them all. From high-street to high-end, here are my favourite Spring lips.
Lip liner is an essential, working as a great base, helping to prevent bleeding and smudging. Without a lip liner, even the highest quality lipsticks around won't stay perfect. MAC Hip n' Happy (Selfridges, £12) is my most reached for liner, a soft, delicate pink which works wonderfully with any shade of pink, but also works really well with a nude lip and brightens them up beautifully. A more budget-friendly alternative is the Lord & Berry Kissproof Lip Liner (LookFantastic, £7.50) in Blossom which is a true dusty-rose and I find, applies easier than my MAC favourite, with a softer formula that glides on effortlessly.
Onto lipsticks, a category I could never whittle down, with eight Spring perfect picks ready to finish off a look. Could I ever write a post about lipsticks and not include on of my MAC favourites? MAC Chatterbox (Selfridges, £15) is one of the most perfect Spring-time shades you'll find. A gorgeous pink which both looks delicate and bright at the same time with the most subtle underlying coral. It's much nicer against my complexion than MAC Snob, and works perfectly as a day-time lip. Lip Butters are the fuss-free way to a touch of colour with a beautiful moisturising base. My favourite is the Revlon Lip Butter (Boots, £7.99) in Lollipop, a bright pink with enough of a sheer finish not to be overpowering, but still with fantastic colour pay-off. Another fantastic fuss-free way to apply lip colour is with balms and boy have these become more popular over the past two years. I'm yet to dabble in the coveted Revlon matte and lacquer balms (currently on 3 for 2), but I have tried the original Revlon balms and they always make a regular appearance in the warmer months. My favourite shade to turn to is the Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain (Boots, £7.99) in Lovesick, a bright pink that can be worn sheer or built up for a bolder colour, not forgetting the incredible longevity! Another perfect pink is the eye-catching Lime Crime Candyfuture Lipstick (CocktailCosmetics, £12.50) in Countessa Flourescent; bright, vivid and more of a daring pink, but utterly beautiful and one of my favourites.
If pure luxury is more your thing then Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour (Selfridges, £25) in Exaltee is just the thing. A bright fuschia pink with a gorgeous satin formula and a flattering shine to the finish. L'Oreal have a fantastic offering in their Rouge Caresse range, and I always say I will indulge and pick up a few more shades but at the moment, I have just the one and it's always, always a favourite in warmer weather. L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick (Boots, £7.99) in Cheeky Magento is the perfect high-street alternative to Chanel Exaltee. Urban Decay also offer incredible lipsticks and I have quite a few in my collection now, but my favourite will always be my first, the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (HouseofFraser, £15) in Fiend. It's just the most perfect nude-pink and one I am getting through quite quickly. With a gorgeous buttery soft formula, Urban Decay lipsticks are my favourite for how they feel on. The final spring perfect lipstick in my stash? The gorgeous NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Selfridges, £18) in Never Say Never. A perfect mix between nude and pink with a gorgeous matte finish and incredible lasting power.
Maybe liquid lacquers are more your thing? The Lime Crime Velvetines (CocktailCosmetics, £13.50) in Pink Velvet is the ultimate Barbie pink, but manages to look flattering on the lip with the beautiful (and pretty darn incredible) Velvetines formula. These beauties do not budge! If you're on a budget, there's a liquid lacquer for you, too! Rimmel is the brand I have used the longest, being the first brand I ever delved into and I am smitten with their lip products, particularly the Rimmel Apocalips (ASOS, £6.49) in Apocaliptic. A gorgeous bright pink with warm undertones that applies effortlessly with fantastic pigmentation and lasts a good few hours before needing to touch up. Last but not least, what's a summer lip without a gloss? My favourite is the stunning Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer (Selfridges, £21) in Astral. The most girly yet gorgeous shimmering pink gloss you'll ever come across, with no sticky feeling and a touch of luxury set to make any girl feel like a million dollars.
What are your favourite Spring lip products?
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