Low Maintenance Lips – Too busy for immaculate red lips 24/7 but fancy an effortlessly polished look? A sheer wash of colour is more vibrant than nude tones and easy to top up on the go, with many formulas both nourishing and prettifying in a single swipe. Usually in the form of a lip tint or coloured balm, this low maintenance option adds life to the face with a stylishly undone vibe.
Colour Adjusting Balm
If you’re super nervous about lipstick, colour adjusting lip balms are a great starting point and do exactly as the name suggests. Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint (my most used lip product ever) softens and conditions while adding an oh so natural tint. The colour adapts to your individual lip colour so looks different on everyone… Bare Pink looks peachy pink on me while Bare Melon is more of a just bitten coral.
Remember how red lollipops stained your lips as a child in that first foray into the wonders of make up? Lip tints are the grown up alternative, with the Body Shop and Benefit’s versions probably the best known (and still around), staining the lips with a wash of colour that wears off throughout the day. Pixi Gel Tint & Silk Gloss is a double ended wand with a lip tint at one end and gloss at the other. I like to apply two coats of stain then add gloss on the centre of my lower lip for a long lasting tint. Shade 121 (rose pink on the lips) is my favourite.
Matte lips are a whole lot more wearable in a sheer formula and less drying to boot. Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet in Coquelic’oh is a great entry point to red lips. Don’t be fooled by the deep colour in the tube… this really does apply sheer and can be built up a little if preferred.
Traditionally, tinted balms are extremely sheer – essentially lip balm with a whisper of colour. If you prefer yours with a little more pigment, GlamGlow Poutmud Tints are a must try. Infused with hydrating sweet almond oil, shea butter and vitamin-rich Moroccan mint leaf, Starlet is the most exquisite cherry red.
P.S. Photography and text by Nicola at Strawberry Blonde Beauty.