Embracing The Understated Statement Lip
Despite pulling out a deep red stain for a high-profile art function recently and a dark aubergine pout, à la Lucia Pieroni at Missoni, for the Chopard party in Cannes on Saturday, I have been fairly negligent about mouth maintenance of late. Moisturizing is a given (I never leave home without a pot of By Terry’s Baume de Rose), but I haven’t really been up to sporting “Hey, look at me” color. You can still do a statement lip without going for high glamour, though. The secret is finding a flesh-toned bullet that is slightly darker than your lips’ natural shade, thus rendering them conspicuously more impactful and even a touch more plump. I made this discovery recently thanks to two new releases that happily crossed my desk. The first is from Fresh, which has just debuted its latest Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Honey, a warm nude. Loaded with hydrating meadowfoam and black currant seed oils, it’s more of a hardworking, lightly pigmented conditioning balm than a fussy bit of makeup—which is exactly what Burberry was going for with its new Lip Mists. Offering just a hint of color and a dewy finish, each tube in the nine-piece range wears with incredible ease, No. 01 Cinnamon in particular. Sometimes, less really can be more.