So you say your scheduled is jam-packed and you’re always dashing from one event to the next? I know the feeling! My go-to beauty fix is a quick blast of lip color to change or refresh my look, upping my attitude and boosting my confidence with one swipe. I’ve found a few luscious shades to toss in your bag for days when you simply don’t have a second to lose (aka: every day)!
Benefit first made us take notice with its cheek tint. Then it had us coming back for more with They’re Real mascara. Then it went and dropped a whole range of brow grooming gear on us, and we fell in love! Well, get ready to declare your eternal affection as well, because it’s now unveiling They’re Real Big Sexy Lip Kit.
There are eight shades to choose from, but my top pick is the bold red orange Flame Game. This is the one to grab for Monday when you’re feeling less than fab and need a major pick-me-up. Not only does that color get you jazzed for the busy week ahead, but it also makes your lips appear bigger. Mwah!
Available online via Sephora or from Benefit stores across Hong Kong
Add a dose of major girly glam with this hot pink hue. Not jazzed about what you are wearing that day? Whip out Dior’s Addict Lacquer Stick 684 Diabolo, pucker up, apply and be dumbfounded when the compliments start rolling in. Even when paired with something simple like jeans and a button down it can totally make the outfit on trend and show stopping. The super slick and uber glossy formula draws all attention to your lips, so be prepared to have something smashing to say as all eyes will be on you!
Available online via Selfridges or from Dior concessions across Hong Kong
The dark lip has long been associated with being goth but has recently gotten a major makeover. Now, even the most demure are sporting this trend. I prefer to use Tom Ford’s Lip Color Matte 10 Black Dahlia when wearing a black, white, gray, or blush outfit to really let it take the stage. Although mattes can be a bit drying, this is as moisturizing as it gets while still staying put for ages.
Due to the texture you get a bit on an ombre effect, looking like you spent a lot more time on your look than you actually did. Perfect for those that want high impact for very little effort (um…me!). The burgundy hue is ideal for those cooler months, but don’t be tempted to pack it up with your sweaters. It looks quite fresh when paired with spring’s dark florals.
Available online via Selfridges or from Tom Ford concessions across Hong Kong
Maybelline’s Color Sensational gives you a little less drama but a whole lotta come-hither! Maybelline has long been a brand concentrated on deep heavily pigmented lippys, but its new range boasts a few more nudes than we have seen in the past. Sin-A-Mon’s creamy texture will nourish your lips while the nude shade goes with any look. Pair this with a smoky eye and you are ready for a night out on the town. An added perk is you won’t have to worry about leaving telltale red smudges on your significant other’s face.
Available from Sasa stores across Hong Kong
Here’s one that must be stashed in your bag at all times. Trust me! Avéne Cold Cream Lip Cream’s insanely hydrating formula will revive and restore dry cracked lips in no time. Use it alone for a healthy conditioned look or layer it under your favorite shade to smooth the formula. I was recently shooting for a new range of lipsticks by That Girl, Natasha Moor (more on that later!) and she used this before every shade to keep my lips in prime condition. I immediately ran out and bought it after the shoot. That’s how good it is!
No excuses – you now have a quick easy stash of goodies to keep in your bag for those on-the-go primping sessions. These make a big impact for very little effort and can be toted around with ease. Now you just have to hope for a smooth taxi ride so that lip line is straight!
Available from Mannings and Watsons stores across Hong Kong
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