2017 is officially here. And now that you’re getting used to the winter season, what better time to mix it up with a new weather-ready lip look? We winterize our skin care and foundation to keep our skin healthy and hydrated, and it’s important to do the same thing for your lips. When shopping for a new lip shade, look for formulas with hydrating textures, indicated with words such as satin, creamy, velvet, luxe, or nourishing. Avoid long-wear, matte, frosty, high gloss, and metallic formulas, all of which can dry skin out.
With a multitude of lip textures and finishes to choose from, it’s super easy to find a shade with the texture, color and finish you desire. But brace yourself: the matte lippie you adored last summer may look dry and flaky in the winter, while the creamy color that slid off of your lips in the humidity may be just the ticket for wind-chapped winter lips.
Here are 2 lip trends that will keep your lips looking as good as they feel.
The Cashmere Lip
Just like a cashmere sweater, the look is understated yet luxurious—a lush lip in an elegant hue.
Get the Look: Line lips with a lip liner that matches your natural lip color (or slightly deeper), and use your lip blur brush to blend into skin for a soft finish. Then, take a muted rose or mauve lipstick and apply directly from the tube onto the center of your lips, using your lip brush to blend pigment along the lip line. Blot lips with a tissue and re-apply until lips are fully saturated with color.
The Undone Lip
This style is all about a natural flush of color with soft edges, rather than a precise crisp line. Press lip color into the lips for a worn-in effect that looks effortless.
Get the Look: Smooth lip shade over the lips directly from the tube and press lips together firmly several times, working the pigment and moisturizing ingredients into the skin. Take a tissue or cloth and lightly wipe off the excess lipstick to reveal a stained lip. Reapply pigment to the center of lips and use your lip blur brush to pull pigment out to the lip line so the color fades gradually from the center out. Roll lips inward (so lips can’t be seen) then run your setting brush with a touch of pressed powder over the lip area. The powder will prevent color from bleeding and give the perimeter of lips that undone feel.
For a flash of color, select a pigment-rich formula like Nars Satin Lipstick in Mulled Wine. Or, for something closer to a nude lip, use a rose or mauve shade like Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Dusty Rose.