Every girl needs the right lip to finalize her beauty look for Valentine’s Day. With so many to choose from, it’s essential that you pick the right one. Here’s the low-down from Lancôme to help you pick the perfect lip for your Valentine – from the most natural look to the boldest.
Level 1: Color Balm
With the benefits of a lipstick, a balm and a gloss, Lip Lover ($23) creates shine and color without sacrificing moisture. The balmy base provides up to eight hours of moisture while a smoothing layer reduces the appearance of fine lines and creates a dewy shine. The saturated pigments provide the ultimate in color pop regardless if worn alone or over another lip color.
INSIDER TIP: Exfoliate your lips before applying lip color. Use a dry toothbrush to remove excess skin a few days before date night.
Level 2: Comfortable Shine
Unprecedented shine wraps lips with color and addictive comfort. With the easy click-to-open packaging and expert applicator, Gloss in Love ($27) will hug your lips to give a smooth and line-free vinyl lip look. With sheer to medium coverage, this gloss provides 6 hours of moisture to make your lips kissable.
INSIDER TIP: Before applying the gloss, line your lips and fill them in with a pencil that is a similar shade to your natural lips. This will create a base to prevent the color from bleeding and to help gloss stay in place.
Wrap your lips in rich, satiny color with L’Absolu Rouge ($30.50), a replenishing lipstick. It is infused with moisture-boosting Pro-Xylane which helps lips to stay moist, soft and comfortable throughout the night. Antioxidant-rich Vitamin E keeps lips safe from environmental aggressors, so they will help lips feel healthier in the long run. The true color won’t feather or flake, which means your pout will be picture perfect from start to finish.
INSIDER TIP: Red lips are a chic accessory to any outfit. “When it comes to choosing the right red lips, besides different shades of red to choose from, you can choose from different textures too and you might want something sheer, matte, creamy or slightly shimmery,” says Celebrity Makeup Artist Nick Barose. For the 2015 SAG Awards, he gave Lancome Ambassadress Lupita Nyong’o a creamy bold red lip using Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Caprice.
Level 4: Long Wear
If you love your lips, Rouge in Love ($29) is a lip color you’ll love to wear. The collection of radiant, high potency colors have up to 6 hours of wear and is surprisingly featherlight, offering delightful comfort. With one application, your lips will be fully covered in a non-drying formula to deliver lasting shine and comfort all night long.
INSIDER TIP: “The best way to get the most pigment is to apply the lipstick directly from the tube. Always start in the center and swipe out towards the outer corners to ensure symmetry. Then, use a lip brush to clean around the edges – never layer a lipstick with more than two layers because it will look cake-y,” says Barose.