AH, LIPS. Gotta get ready for the mistletoe. As we mentioned in a recent post, the look for lips this season is ‘90s-inspired neutral, as in, your lips but better; or totally go-for-it bold. I’m deliberately going to show you more neutrals. No question they’re easier to wear; you don’t even need a mirror. And if you’re a bold gal like me, which means you’re in the minority, I’ve narrowed down your search to the top, most beautiful three.
Either way, all lips have to be in good condition to pull off virtual nudity or unforgiving siren.
Prep: If your lips are cracked or ultra-dry, exfoliate them first with Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50) and lukewarm water. Then apply a soothing balm that’s not too greasy or thick (save those heavy-duty ones for bedtime). The latest daytimers are protective, hydrating workhorses that improve texture (i.e., those vertical lines) and help to plump. They also keep lipstick from bleeding so you can skip the liner.
Jo Malone London Vitamin E Lip Conditioner ($25) A tiny drop of this unsticky honey-infused balm instantly comforts, so the tube should last well through the winter. You won’t want to share. Yes, it’s that good.
Kat Burki Glossy Lip Treatment ($28) Miz Burki’s brand is on a definite roll. Or maybe we should say on a definite roller ball. This coconut-oil-enriched treatment delivers its cooling goodness through a rollerball and leaves lips soft, slippy and glowing before or after lipstick application.
RéVive Intensité Volumizing Lip Serum ($115) I know. It’s expensive. But if skinny lips are your problem and you’re not ready for a needle to plump them up, this is the best. Created by Harvard-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon Gregory Bays Brown, the technologically sophisticated and nourishing serum contains a cellular filling complex that works instantly to fatten up that paltry pout and leave it supple.
Most women can pull off neutral lips; you just have to know how. See the color of a baby’s lips? That’s what we’re going for. Generally, neutrals fall into browny-mauvey, peachy-fleshy or pinky-beigey tones. Try on all three to see which suits you most.
You’ll feel like JLo.
Sigma Lip Concealer ($15) If your lips, like mine, tend to turn perfectly pretty lipsticks into strangely unfortunate hues, tap on this light yet creamy concealer first. It’s like a clingy primer for a canvas. Love it.
Red lips are as classic as Grace Kelly, who wore hers to perfection. Please don’t freak out, ladies. It’s only lipstick! Aside from experimentation, the key to finding the right red is figuring out your skin’s and the lipstick’s undertones. Generally, that means either warm (golden) or cool (blueish). Another big trend is orange. Seriously. You’ll be surprised by how fresh and elegant it looks. Just avoid anything with super-flat or super-glossy textures. The current look is an easy demi-matte.