Written by Carly Ostroff
If bolder is better, then we’ve found the best. Maybelline New York’s Colour Elixir’s 3-in-1 formula delivers a conditioning balm, high-gloss finish and a whole lot of colour. For the smoothest application in just one swipe, Lead Makeup Artist for Maybelline New York – Canada, Grace Lee recommends exfoliating lips with a toothbrush before applying Colour Elixir.
$11 at drugstores
There’s something to be said about going back to basics, and we’re not afraid to tell it like it is. A makeup bag staple, the right nude is universally flattering and offers effortless versatility for day to night looks. From a line of 10 nudes curated by Aerin Lauder herself, AERIN Rose Balm’s Pretty has a luxe balm base to smooth dry lips while projecting clear colour.
$34 at select Holt Renfrew stores and online at esteelauder.ca
Embrace the dark side with Anna Sui’s glamour-inspired Rebel Girl lipstick. For girls on the run, this deep plum lipstick’s clear sliding powder and three kinds of oil make for an ultra smooth application. And hey, if it works for Rooney Mara…we’ll have what she’s wearing.
Anna Sui Rebel Girl Lipstick, $29 at Hudson’s Bay
Season after season, Smith’s Rosebud Salve is a perennial essential. Since 1892, this blush flush balm that’s just the right amount of oily has been building a cult following of Rosebud Salve devotees. The original rosebud tin balm, this signature all-purpose jelly can also be used to treat dry skin and minor burns. That’s what we call multi-tasking!
Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $7.50 at Sephora stores and online at sephora.com
Stila’s Colour Balm Lipstick in Betsey is more than just a megawatt of pink pigment. An update on your traditional lipstick, this balm smoothes and soothes while adding volume. We’re carrying this one around for its fresh cooling sensation and a finish that looks as good as it feels.
Stila’s Colour Balm Lipstick in Betsey, $25 at drugstores
Burt’s Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm in Sweet Violet deserves to be buzzed about. A kiss of sheer colour and care, these all-natural balms are made with moisturizing ingredients like beeswax, Shea Butter and Botanical waxes to heal even the driest of lips.
Burt’s Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm in Sweet Violet, $7.99 at drugstores and online at burtsbees.com
Searching for the ultimate nude? Look no further. Avon’s new Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick with self-renewing pigments gives new meaning to the words “long-lasting colour.” We recommend Ripe Rose as the perfect pink-beige (it was also Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen’s flesh tone of choice for Girls’ star Allison Williams at the Golden Globes!).
Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick, $12.00 online at avon.ca
When colour authority Pantone named Radiant Orchid the colour of 2014, we took note. Turns out with Benefit’s Lollitint Candy-Orchid Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain, a pink-infused purple flirty flush is only a bottle away. Just dab and blend the tint on lips for serious stain power. How sweet!
Benefit Candy-Orchid Tinted Lip and Cheek stain, $36 at Sephora stores and online at sephora.com
Sugar Cherry Tint Lip Treatment sure is something nice. With all the power of nourishing sugar, the glossy tint will take you from subtle colour with one swipe to siren red with several layers. Made to flatter every skin tone, this do-it-all tint is proven to keep lips moisturized for six hours. Who are we to argue with that?
Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment, $26 at Sephora stores and online at sephora.com
NARS is known for its adventurous colours, and the spring 2014 collection did not disappoint. Dramatic colour meets high-impact shine with NARS’ hot hue statement shades. A serious attention-getter, this pastel purple gloss’ stay-in-place wear is guaranteed to turn heads all day long.
NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Années Folles, $32 available at all NARS retailers and online at narscosmetics.ca
Hot Lips: Talk about a lip saver, The Body Shop’s Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm contains their cult balm we know and love in a new stick format. The tried and tested formula delivers a conditioning pop of colour with a hint of lip smacking good strawberry flavor.
The Body Shop Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm Strawberry, $6 at The Body Shop stores thebodyshop.com
Colour Match: We think we found “the one” in M∙A∙C Cosmetics’ garden-inspired Dreaming Dahlia lipstick. Our floral fantasies came true with their Spring line of rose coloured hues. It takes just one swipe of Dreaming Dahlia to kiss lips with a radiant red sure to brighten any complexion.
M∙A∙C Fantasy of Flowers Lipstick in Dreaming Dahlia, $19.00 at maccosmetics.com [February 6- April 3, 2014]