May 15, 2012
- Lipstick has been around forever. It is said to date back all the way to the Egyptians, it’s truly a traditional beauty staple that can be found in almost every girl’s makeup bag. Made from oils and waxes this choice is great for a no-fuss beauty fix. Not only will lipstick provide you with the color you want, but you can opt for a variety of finishes such as frosted, matte, and even shimmer. There are also plenty lipsticks on the market that even include SPF and moisturizers. Try one of the many shades from MAC ($14.50). Think of it as an added bonus that every time you apply you’re lips will soft, protected, and colored to perfection.
- Lip Stains are designed to saturate and stain the lips for a long lasting color. Ideal for the girl on the go who won’t have many ‘touch-up’ breaks throughout the day. Lip stain can be applied with a brush, marker tip or gel. Just keep in mind because of the long lasting results this option is more of a long term commitment, so test out the colors before fully applying. If you want the drama with long wear, add a clear lip gloss to finish it off. A great option is Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal balm ($23.00). The shine may fade but the color won’t! Not to mention, lip stains won’t smear, stain, or transfer, so this may be a perfect date night option.
- Lip Gloss is the most dramatic and flashy of the three options. The traditional use of lip gloss is to give lips high shine and a glossy finish, but most lip glosses now come with an array of colors to choose from. Available in an array of finishes as well, lip gloss can be high drama or sweet and subtle. For a high-shine finish go with an option like Maybelline’s Shine Sensational Lip gloss ($4.94). Lip gloss also mixes well with other products. You can wear alone, or layered on top of a lip stain or lipstick to give a great finish. So whether you like your lip gloss clear, with a hint of color, or with a flashy finish your lips are bound to look pretty and ready to pucker.
- Elizabeth Barkley