Brrr…it’s getting even colder and you’ve probably noticed that your skin is suffering for it! In winter we tend to get drier, chapped skin, especially around our lips as they’re already really sensitive areas of our body. Caring for your lips in winter is very important, both so they look good and they feel good too! With this lip care guide from the team here at Very, you’ll have a gorgeous pout in next to no time.
We’re always told to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise in winter, and our lips are no exception. Make sure you moisturise your whole face (including your lips) during your daily skincare regime, and then add to it with a little extra TLC. Use a heavy duty balm like the Carmex Lip Balm Pot 7.5g (nice and handy size too) to get rid of any tough, dry skin – this balm also cools and relieves any itching of sore lips. An alternative is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Moisturising Lip Balm 4g, which also includes vitamin E to help revitalise your skin and the all-important SPF 15 (which you’ll need even during winter).
If your lips aren’t looking particularly pouty and you’d like to add a little extra oomph, invest in a lip-plumping serum for that perfect pout. Transformulas Lip Volume increases lip size and plumpness without the need for needles; you can also try the Skin Doctors perfect pout (8ml), a lip plumper with sponge applicator that works in about a minute to give you rosy, fuller lips – great for party season! For an easy home alternative, coat your lips in Vaseline Lip Therapy Original 20g and use an old toothbrush to gently buff your lips, following up with some moisturising balm.
Some great looks for lips in the coming season are sure to draw on the continuing trends of bold and bright lips that we’ve seen this Autumn Winter. Stick to two palettes: berry or colour pop candy shades. The difference for the coming season is to steer away from the matte shades of winter and opt for something a little lighter and glossy. The Burts Bees lip shimmer – Fig is a perfect way to try out berry shades without anything too heavy; lipstick lovers can also layer this over a favourite, nude coloured matte shade for a deeper colour. The Elizabeth Arden 8 hour sheer tints plum 3.7g is another good berry shade, with a light wash of colour that can be built up into something a little stronger with further applications.
For a brighter, fresher look, try some candy shades with a strong gloss finish. The Barry M Lip Gloss Wand – Strawberry Milkshake is great for darker skinned girls or when combined with a candy pink blusher and silver-toned eyeliner. Warm coloured lip glosses look gorgeous on paler girls, so go for the Daniel Sandler Super Gloss – pomegranate for a juicy, shiny look: keep it neat by not extending the gloss too close to the lip line, instead applying it to the middle of the lips and patting it outwards with your fingertip. Combine a wash of colour and slick gloss by using the sweet Elizabeth Arden 8 hour sheer tints blush 3.7g as a base and applying the Barry M Lip Gloss Wand – Coconut Clear over the top for a gorgeous, naturally rosy pout.