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FASHION: LIPSYNC

Liven up your lips for summer with these handy tips, from Christine Karan



Lipstick is a beauty essential that is the basic of any woman’s vanity kit. Lipstick and lipgloss should be the first items to find a spot on your beauty shelf whether or not you’re a make-up addict.

However, with the hotter weather on the way, we should all explore some “summer” colours to liven up our lips.

Some of this year’s spring fashion weeks have seen some intriguing lipstick colours; from bright red to vivid orange to futuristic pale blue to gothic browns. But can you pull off these shades? We think you can and that you can remain on budget, too.

Matte lip colours are topping today’s beauty trends. Thanks to Kylie Jenner, who has revolutionised the whole matte lipstick game, there is a variety of colours you can choose from and in every brand.

For those of you who would avoid “unusual” colours,  we recommend soft hues in shades of pink such as fuchsia, rose or coral pink; or browns like mocha, soft brown and pale brown, which can also alternate as a nude with the lightest tint.

For others who want to level up and yet stay within their comfort zone, we recommend a few shades of purple, which when “mattified”, become more neutral than shiny.

Brands like Revlon and Maybelline have come out with matte colour varieties that suit every skin for every occasion. We are in love with the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color, which is on the market at just RO6.30. You can also sample some very soft colours that can be used for everyday wear.

For those of you who would give the whole matte trend a miss, L’Oreal’s Infallible 24hr Lip Colour is the perfect choice. Although the liquid mattifies after 30 seconds, you can apply a moisturising balm, which comes together as a single stick. It will gloss up the lips giving them a sheen and vibrancy they have never had before. Lip glosses from Korean brands such as Tony Moly and The Face Shop offer lip tints that are bright, shiny, glossy and, of course, kind on your purse.

If you fancy splashing out and enjoy primping with some premium brands, Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush is for you, and costs RO19. This formula morphs into a lipstick and cream blusher and is just right for a night out with friends.

Lancome has introduced Matt Shaker (RO12), which feels thinner yet pigments your lips effectively. This cushion applicator glides well on the lips without dehydrating them. Lancome has also come up with some delectable shades of pink.

If you are ready to be a bit jazzy and want to experiment with some funky, futuristic colours, why not try brands like Kat Von D and Sephora? Both offer some offbeat shades like matt neon blues and black.

Although many brands have introduced bright, as well as soft colours for summer, classics like MAC Rubywoo and Urban Decay 1993 are still in vogue.

No matter what the season is, choose a lip colour that defines you and your style.