Beauty Trends - Lip Service: Velvet's look at what will make you lick your lips this summer
Stila Beauty Boss Lip Gloss in Pink Slip, £14, stila.co.uk
Slick this little beauty on your lips and it’s 1995 again: the sparkle, the shine, the fig-and-vanilla fragrance, the sticky finish that attracts stray hairs like a magnet. Oh, I love it. And, though it doffs its (likely Kangol) cap to the Nineties revival, Beauty Boss is no throwback: formulated with light-refracting pearl and plumping hyaluronic spheres, this is next-generation gloss.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, £17, Debenhams, The Grafton, Cambridge
Credited as the lippy that launched the matte revolution, Everlasting is just that: gliding on like a gloss, the creamy liquid dries to a velvety matte that won’t quake in the face of your morning latte (or late-night cocktail, come to that). Unlike many mattes, which can leave lips feeling papery, it’s super-comfy, too, thanks to a combination of vitamin E and sunflower seed wax.
Clarins Water Lip Stain in Sparkling Red Water, £19, John Lewis & Partners, Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Don’t let its watery texture fool you: there’s nothing wishy-washy about this product. Blended with hydrating aloe vera, nourishing raspberry water and Clarins’ signature Anti-Pollution Complex, it promises to look after lips as well as giving them a ripe-berry stain and just a hint of glitter.
Shiro Ginger Lip Butter in 9C11, £35, shiro-shiro.uk
Japanese brand Shiro continues to impress with this multi-tasker. Ginger promises to plump and shea oil to moisturise and protect, while the party-girl purple shimmer - which is more subtle than Spice Girl - is seriously pretty. Plus it smells incredible.
Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight in Cool, £37, sisley-paris.com
A skincare-meets-makeup formula, Phyto-Lip Delight does the job of a balm (thanks to a composition including plum, jojoba and shea oils) and makes the lips look lovely while it’s at it (the gel, which turns to a polished-looking oil on contact, is delicately tinted). A laid-back beige, this shade will sit well with a suntan.
W7 Tinted Kiss Lip Oil in Bellini, £4.95, w7makeup.co.uk
Winner of Best Value Buy Lip Gloss in The Beauty Shortlist Awards, Tinted Kiss is worth a fiver of anyone’s money. Containing argan oil, it sits comfortably; the subtle tint is shy-girl pretty; and the gloss finish is shiny and bright.
Sisley Le Phyto Rouge in Monaco Red, £38, sisley-paris.com
Whether you’re planning a seduction or to bust balls, nothing sends confidence soaring like a serious red lip. Thanks to a magic formula - key ingredients include hyaluronic acid microspheres and numerous natural oils - Sisley’s 20-shade Le Phyto Rouge range can’t be beaten for hydration, plumping or pigment. The coverage is smooth, flawless and long-lasting and Monaco Red, with its fiery touch of orange, is a little hottie.
L’Occitane Fruity Lipstick in Flamingo Kiss, £18, L’Occitane, arc, Bury St Edmunds and Rose Crescent, Cambridge
If you’re going on a beach holiday, pop this in your tote. Infused with pomegranate, pomelo oils and vitamin E, the enriched formula melts onto the lips, giving an instant moisture hit; the sheer-yet-builable colour will take you from poolside to bar; and it smells edible, too.
Too Faced Peach Puff in Peachin’ to the Choir, £17, Debenhams, arc, Bury St Edmunds and The Grafton, Cambridge
Applied via a cute little puff - the colour twists up, like a concealer - this is a thoroughly modern matte with belief-defying staying power: as the day wears on, it just oh-so-slowly fades. This peachy-pink shade is a winner for all skin tones/tan levels.