“Lipstick plays an important part in many women’s lives and the evidence shows in our research, with 51 percent of women stating that they wear it to feel better about themselves” said Paula Short, Co-Founder of Beauty Boulevard. And it’s true that there’s something satisfying and transformative about applying a bold shade before you head out to take on the world. On National Lipstick Day, we’re celebrating the best products on the market this year.
A new season calls for a new shade of lipstick, and this summer there’s no shortage of brands ready to give your pout a party refresh. Whether you’re looking for sultry reds, more playful shades of pink or something more radical, Culture Trip has the best buys covered.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick
With 24 hour hold, the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick is a summer party season essential. The matte texture also ensures you have a little more freedom to play with looks: dress up with the applicator for an intense vibe, or smudge on with your finger for a softer feel.
Everyone is obsessed with this colour-changing lipstick from China-based beauty brand Kailijumei. The see-through jelly with flower inside has whipped Instagram into a frenzy, and at only £12 it’s worth investing for the novelty alone – but it looks good when worn too. The shade of pink changes colour to adapt to your skin tone, which means you’ll look fresh whether you’re working out at the gym, soaking up rays on the beach or dressing up for the evening.
Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lipstick
We’re a little obsessed with Christian Louboutin’s decadent velvet matte lipstick. Ensconced in an elegant case, the natural oil and seed base ensures that lips stay plump and hydrated throughout, while the colour is a rich and opulent, adding instant glamour on application.
NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick
A failsafe addition to your make-up bag, NARS’ ‘Audacious’ Lipstick comes in a myriad of colours and is supremely easy to apply. Enriched with shea butter, an application not only takes lips to the next level colour wise, but ensures they’re moisturised and softened for a perfect finish.
Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet
Lightweight and high impact, we love the slick, chic effects of Armani’s Lip Magnet. Easy-to-apply and long lasting, this lipstick is as reliable as Armani’s best-selling Maestro Fusion range. Choose tangerine for an on-trend update or a fuller red for a classic evening look.
Dior is doing wonderful things in beauty, most evidently highlighted by its Rouge Dior lipstick range, which comes in 37 colours; that’s lipstick couture for you. The highly pigmented colour ensures long-lasting results, and you can choose from satin or matte finishes – we recommend trying out a new look with their shade of midnight blue. Who wants to look like everyone else?
Promising a totally new approach to make up which ‘champions diversity, inclusivity, and unique personal style, Milk make up is a relatively new kid on the block, but has already racked up a hefty following. We’re major fans of their lip- well, stick – easy to apply, the shades ensure instant impact. The brand’s modern ethos means they don’t use chemicals in their products, which means with every purchase you get to make an impact on the planet, too.
Nyx Cosmetics Ombré lip duo
Ombré hair has been in style for years, but ombré lips are now also having a major beauty moment. Nyx Cosmetics helps you get the catwalk look with this cute two-tone lip pen. Simply apply the matte lipstick, add lip liner, then shade.
Frog Prince Lipstick
Another transformative lipstick, wearers shouldn’t be afraid or the intimidating green base. On application, lips react to the lipstick and turn a custom shade of pink depending on your colouring and skin tone. Full of vitamin E and shea butter, this is a hydrating product too, perfect for versatile days in the city.
GIVENCHY Rouge Interdit Lipstick
Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit lipstick is a class choice for anyone looking to give an everyday staple a sophisticated twist.
3INA Lip Oil Balm
Designed to celebrate the individual, 3INA is a make-up brand that caters to customers with a feisty attitude and a great sense of self. With a belief that make up that should enhance rather than alter, 3INA is into natural beauty, but takes a non-dogmatic, creative approach.
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