My makeup philosophy has always and will always be: wear makeup that works for you. That means it needs to work for your style, your face and your lifestyle. When it comes to lipstick, I tend to prefer sheer stains in natural colours as I don’t have to worry about the upkeep of high maintenance lipstick. Having said that, I LOVE the look of a statement lip – it’s empowering and sexy.
When Burt’s Bees sent me their new 100% natural lipstick collection I wasn’t instantly sold. I’m not the biggest advocate of natural makeup – far from it. For me it has to perform and most natural lipsticks have un-elegant textures coupled with un-modern shade selections. What did catch my attention was the promise of 8-hour hydration. I can’t stand lipstick that dries my lips out – it just looks awful. I also like a satin finish – I know matte colour is on everyone’s lips right now, but to me it can feel a bit flat. Then I had a look at the shades and truth is, I was intrigued.
The Nudes are gorgeous (with ‘Suede Splash” being a particular favourite) – but the standouts are the bold hues: the pinks and the deep reds. These are not shades I usually gravitate towards – I have to be honest, I tried them on just to see…but then I was surprised how much I loved them.
Hot pink is so NOT ME. But I’m so glad I tried it and I think sometimes the best things happen when you step outside your safe zone. I love how ‘Tulip Tide’ dresses up my face. It pops, but it’s a well-balanced pink that will look great on just about everyone.
A dark wine lip adds a bit of drama – I find it’s the fastest way to look pulled together and elegant. There are many variations to choose from – personally I like ‘Crimson Coast’ because it has red undertones, which lends it warmth and prevents my face from looking edgy.
MY 3 LIP RULES
1 I always prep lips so that the surface is smooth and moisturised. Whilst using a toothbrush is a popular recommendation, I find that too harsh. I buff my lips with a damp warm washcloth and then pat in my lip balm.
2 To make lipstick last the distance, I skip liner and use concealer around my outer lip line instead. The outline won’t be as sharp (which looks prettier) and it prevents the colour from bleeding.
3 When wearing a bold lip, I avoid powder so skin looks fresh, otherwise it can all look too contrived.
Life’s too short to save your prettiest looks for a night out – it’s time to have fun with beauty and it starts with switching up your lipstick! Burt’s Bees lipstick is a game-changer: deeply nourishing whilst delivering serious colour payoff and coverage. With 18 cool full coverage shades to choose from, I challenge you not to find at least 2-3 new faves.
This blog post is kindly sponsored by Burt’s Bees.