Lipstick launches are always in season, but for spring, there are some new kids on the block that we’ve got our eyes on.
My pet lipstick peeve is that it doesn’t stay on long enough: by latte time, almost every variety is washed off or has transformed into a paler version of its former self. Makeup artist Ramy Gafni suggests the following tips to ensure lipstick longevity:
- Fill your lip with a nude or lip-toned pencil before you apply the lipstick of choice. “The pencil gives the lipstick something to adhere to so the lipstick stays on twice as long,” he says.
- After applying lipstick, use a one-ply tissue against your lips (the thinness helps; two-ply is too thick, says Gafni). You can also pat translucent powder on your lips through the tissue, and reapply the lipstick once you remove the tissue voile. “It’s the powder that will turn any lipstick into a long wearing formula,” he says.
- And of course, it always pays to exfoliate and condition your lips (we’re hooked on the new Bliss Fabulips).
Here are our top three lip picks for spring, and almost all are in bright and bold floral hues.
All I had to do was wear Soaked on my lips for a full hour to believe its powers. The fiery red/coral color from the new Glamore collection will even make Christina Hendrick’s head turn: it is that good.
Glamore, the spring lineup by the color-obsessed brand, has both lipsticks and nail lacquers and is about true glamour, which—according to the campaign—never dies. The satin finish lipsticks come in three shades (currant-colored Glissade, fuchsia-colored Luster, and the mother of all coral reds, Soaked). It is best applied with a lip brush; use a lip liner in a slightly darker color and blend at the edges for a fuller, 3D effect. If satin is your finish, let it be Glamore.
NARS Matte Multiple ($39)
The new Matte Multiple, the latest lip and cheek wunderkind from NARS , is actually a refreshing take on the classic The Multiple, which is, by most accounts, the brand’s “hero” product.
Matte Multiple offers a different finish and texture from the original creamy multiple stick, and, like the original, is intended for use on the lips and cheeks. I tested the gorgeous brick-red Siam and was very impressed by its stain-like effect, which goes on dry (but never drying) on your lips.
Matte Multiple is best applied with a lipstick brush on the lips, and it’s is a good idea to pair with a lip liner for intense color. Siam is such a bright poppy red that it will turn heads—thanks to its marvelous blood red meets coral meets brick hue. Also, the shade does tend to last for a bit on the lips, unlike many lipsticks that promise a long-lasting finish. For $39, this is a stick that can serve you for a good three to four months.
I love Jane Iredale’s products because they’re emollient, benign (as far as ingredients go), and they work. The new PureGloss Lip Gloss in Tangerine is a bold expression of spring, almost electric looking (think: Scarlet Macaw meets warm peach). Ideally for those with fair skin tones, this shade works well on my olive complexion too, and the best part is that it’s one of the longest-lasting glosses I’ve seen.
Expert tip: Gafni also advises that shimmer, cream, and matte lipsticks last the longest on your lips. “Sheer formulas are more moisturizing but not as long wearing,” he says.