Summer’s Best Make-Up Accessory by Karen Murrell

Lipstick is a great summer accessory and it’s the only makeup product that can instantly – and easily – transform your look.

Often during summer we’re on holidays and our regular make-up routine goes out the window and all we want is to replace it with something quick and easy – so we’re out the door and into the sunshine, am I right?

During summer while we spend more time outdoors, our skin changes colour to a sun-kissed glow so it’s a good idea to choose a lipstick with a bit more pigment. I recommend a colour that will balance out your complexion to give your face a lift. If you opt for a barely-there coloured lip make sure you complement it with luminous, glowing skin and a light coat of mascara.

It’s especially important when the sun’s shining that you choose a lipstick that will protect your lips and contain nourishing oils that hydrate and make your lips feel moist. Ideally what you want is a product with an ultra-smooth application so the colour just glides on. Coloured lipsticks without an active sunscreen [SPF] will still give your lips some level of UV protection due to the pigments contained within.

One of the easiest shades to wear in summer is red. It’s best to pick a red with slight orange undertones. Think of cherry tomatoes and you are on the right track. It’s a great shade to wear with a tan, but also works well on fair skin tones, for those who prefer to stay out of the sun. Choose one with a fresh, sheer finish, or if you prefer, layer up for more of a colour hit.

Often when it’s hot you don’t feel like wearing much makeup so choosing a stronger lip colour like a berry – sitting somewhere between dark pink and berry red – is an instant beauty fix. Keep your face neutral and complement with a hint of mascara, strong brows and tinted moisturiser – sans blush.

Nothing shouts summer like a pop of coral. Inspired by the sea’s natural coral it straddles between pink and orange and is almost universally flattering on everyone. Whether your complexion is olive and bronzed or fair and peachy in the summer months, everyone can carry a summery hint of coral.

One of the most stunning new ‘on trend’ shades is watermelon and generally it suits most skin tones. Find one that is a darker version of your natural lip colour and layer it up for a stronger look or blot for just a hint of colour. It’s a pretty feminine shade and makes lips looks lovely especially with a glossy finish.

Alternatively take your favourite all-year-round shade and build on it by either applying a few layers or using a more intense liner colour – blending it in – and applying lipstick over the top. Play with different combinations like applying the lipstick first, then the lip pencil over the top – this will make the lipstick last longer.

Classic red with a blueish undertone – which makes your teeth look whiter – is always a good idea for porcelain skin no matter what season it is. Classic reds with a pink undertone will brighten up fair-skinned beauties, while those with olive-hued skin look best in orange-infused reds like poppy.

The general rule for summer lips is to choose a lipstick that is velvety smooth and feels good to wear, and if it can be packed with nourishing anti-ageing antioxidant vitamin E it’s definitely a bonus.

If you’re not used to wearing much lip colour work up to it, start day one with a sheer coating, then gradually layer it on until the colour is more opaque, or leave it sheer and shiny until you are feeling confident. You can even apply lipstick with your fingertips for a subtle stained effect and add a sheer gloss right in the middle centre to give lips dimension.

Whether you opt for softly dewy lip colour with gentle sheer coverage or prefer the comfort of a creamy texture with bold colour, lips are a no fuss feature to keep your eyes on for summer.

Karen Murrell
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