Hello, my name’s Lucy and I’m a lipstick addict. Give me all the colours, all the textures, all the time, please. I want to try every single one. Winter is difficult for lips, though. They get dry and chapped, sore to the touch and holding all applied product in their harsh crevices. It’s not a good look. But why is it that in winter, the main beauty product that excites me is lipstick? It just makes my cold, pale face pop. So yeah, every year I ignore this dichotomy and despite my lips feeling a little worse for wear, I enter January with an optimistic attitude and a lip balm on hand at all times.
For me, winter lip products this year are all about the warm, red-going-on-brown- or- purple colours. There’s probably a more eloquent way to describe that shade range but alas, I am not a designer. I try to make the most of heavier makeup weather by putting on a light foundation, adding a warm brown eye and a strong lip shade and heading into the night ready for whatever ice-cold obstructions may ensue. With this in mind, here’s my edit of the shades I’ve been embracing this December and will be wearing well into February.
Before lipstick must come lip balm. It’s basically gospel. Discovering the balm dotcom range from Glossier was super exciting – I’d had my eye on the birthday one for as long as I could remember, and now I have all of the flavours they are by far my most used balm. For the winter months, I love the coconut flavour. It doesn’t really smell like coconut – more hazelnutty, perhaps. It’s a cosy scent, warming maybe. It makes my lips super soft and keeps the moisture in so i don’t wake up a scaly mess every morning. 10/10, would recommend.
My sister picked this one up for me for Christmas, partially in reference to our trips to Trinidad, and I loved it from the moment I put it on. It’s such a glorious warm red, every time I put it on it makes me feel like a flamenco dancer. Having a lipstick again also reminds me of the MAC days, which I am greatly nostalgic for. Rummaging in my bag on nights out for Chili brings back wonderful memories of university, but alas, those days are over. In their absence, I bring you Rum Punch.
On Christmas Eve back in my home town, I saw a girl I used to go to school with in the pub. She’s a couple of years older than me, and I’ve always thought she was ridiculously cool – case in point, she’d recently shaved her head and was wearing these beauuut hoops with a warm brown lipstick. Whilst part of my brain was functioning as we were catching up, the other part was making a mental note to purchase a brown lipstick as soon as humanly possible because of my god, that is a LOOK. It’s like nineties nudes on steriods. I hunted through my lipstick collection to see if I had an equivalent and this is the closest I’ve come, so right now I am embracing my inner post-Cold War clubber and wearing this lipstick whenever possible.
I never thought I’d love a lip gloss until I tried GlossBomb. It’s perfect for a low key night out, with subtle shimmer that verges on glitter and a neutral dark rouge tint that evens out the natural lip colour of English roses like me. The best thing is that it doesn’t bring out the ruddiness in my cheeks – due to acne scarring and a propensity to blush, I have a fair bit of redness so any lip shade that brings that out is an absolute no-no. Somehow this lip gloss manages to be the same shade as my natural colouring yet not highlight my redness… mad. I’m definitely not complaining.
And finally, this burnt red colour is my absolute jam at the moment. I’ve moved away from liquid lipsticks lately as I think they have a very pop art look, which with the more natural makeup I’ve been wearing recently can look a bit garish. However, if I put a little of the product on my finger I can dab it onto my lips for a more muted look – I still get the colour but without the loud, striking impression. I wore it this way so much at the beginning of winter, and as an affordable option with incredible colour payoff it would be an oversight not to include it.
So those are the five lipsticks that are on regular rotation in my collection right now. Let me know on Twitter if you have any more recommendations, and follow me on Instagram to stay up to date with my blog posts.