Spring is definitely in full bloom… the sky is blue, the birds are singing, the smell of freshly cut lawns fill the air and daffodils are smiling at us as we pass.
It is such a special time - we usually take the opportunity for a spring clean, the evenings are light meaning we know that summer is following behind. We just feel better in Spring - but even more so right now, everything feels so much more vibrant during lockdown. Nature sounds louder, trees look greener and flowers look brighter and bolder than ever before and this has really inspired me to pick my favourite lip colours inspired by the most vivid spring in years!
Even if you don’t have the time to apply a full face application when it comes to makeup, adding a pop of colour on your lip can lift your face and your mood. It’s amazing how wearing a bold colour can send your confidence rocketing sky high. When you think of a red lip, you think powerful, sexy and statement. The same can be said for a fun fuscia, a delicious coral, a playful orange…
A natural look finished with a bold lip can look amazing - you can match your colour to your dress or accessories or even colour-clash for an experimental look. There is no better time to have some fun, try something new and embrace your inner diva.
Here are my top picks of lip products and palettes;
Illamasqua - Antimatter Lipstick in “Glow” - £20.00
Beautiful coral toned and creamy in texture. This lipstick is long wearing so ideal for special occasions without needing to top up regularly. Semi-matte finish, highly-pigmented and the perfect spring makeup companion.
Available from www.illamasqua.com
MAC Cosmetics - Lipstick in “All Fired Up” - £17.50
If you are wanting to make a statement, this is the perfect shade for you. A vivid fuscia with a matte finish. Bold colours can be high maintenance so perfect your outline, fill the colour, blot and repeat for a fabulous application. This lipstick is long-wearing.
Available from www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Dear Dahlia - “Paradise Aurora” Shine Lip Treatment in Bronze Sky - £25.00
Product junkies will love this gorgeous little gem. The beautiful marbled packaging and the dinky size is perfect for a purse or small bag. This high-shine gloss is ideal for those who want a fresh spring look - and the plant-based ingredients are super hydrating so it nourishes your lips as well as looking fabulous. A new favourite for sure.
Available from www.feelunique.com
Urban Decay - Matte Vice Lipstick in “Afterdark” - £18.00
If you are looking for a bold colour with more of a pink/plum tone then this is a great option. The colour is intense and has a creamy but matte finish. It contains conditioning and hydrating ingredients including vitamin C and E.
Available from www.urbandecay.co.uk
Charlotte Tilbury - Hot Lips Lipstick in “Tell Laura” - £25.00
This matte lipstick is a warm red with a fabulous orange undertone. As an avid fan of the Charlotte Tilbury brand, she has yet to disappoint. This lipstick has light diffusing pigments so has a multi dimensional finish and would be beautiful accompanied by a golden/bronze skin tone.
Available from www.charlottetilbury.com
Diego Dalla Palma - Lip Palette in “L’Art De Triomphe” - £29.00
Another goody for the product junkies out there. The black and white stripe packaging is very chic but the goodness certainly doesn’t stop there. This palette contains 4 stunning colours perfect for spring and summer (probably autumn and winter too just for the gorgeous nudes in there). With a range of textures and tones, this is a great palette that will see you through spring and onwards.
Available from www.lookfantastic.com
Dior - Lip Palette in “Backstage” - £39.00
A palette of 9 shades which range from glossy, satin and buildable matte finish. They can be mixed and matched to switch up tones and intensity and there is something in here to suit every skin tone.
Available from www.dior.com
NARS - Audacious Lip Palette in “Wild Thoughts” - £35.00
I simply love this palette of pretty pink shades, from light pink through to berry and plum shades. These lip colours are richly pigmented and can even be mixed and layered to create your own personalised shade. Creamy in texture and other palettes are available in different shades.
Available from www.narscosmetics.co.uk
NYX Cosmetics - Whipped Wonderland Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream Set - £30.00
And the award for the longest product name goes to…
Don’t let that put you off though. This set of 12 mid-sized lippies is great value and boasts a great range of colours with a matte metallic finish. Ranging from bright pinks, orange and corals to deeper reds and purple undertones (plus a couple of bonus colours that aren’t really every day wear but you could have some fun with them). For the price tag, this is a great selection and nice quality too.
Available from www.nyxcosmetics.co.uk