Before you stop reading on account of the rather large tube of nipple cream in the first photo, I am not crazy. Today I'm going to be showing you how I like to keep my lips as lovely as possible for the winter months. Of course this covers everything from colour, to prepping and general care! A couple of the tips may be a little out of the ordinary, but if it works, it works!
PreppingThe cold can be cruel to our lips. A mix of central heating and chilly weather outside means that our lips are more likely to dry out and become sore and flakey. Therefore, it's more important than ever to keep that pout moisturised! I like to use my Nivea Lip Butter. It has a gorgeous, creamy consistency that always leaves my lips feeling nourished. The only annoying thing is that it's in a pot, so bits of fluff and dirt sometimes find their way in there, which really can't be hygenic. I put this on every night before bed and sometimes throughout the day, too. The second product that I could not be without in my makeup bag is the Little Stars Nipple Cream from Superdrug. No, I do not use it on my nipples. What this is great at doing is getting rid of the flakey bits on your lips that a scrub just can't handle (I swear there are always some flakey bits left over). I put this on before I apply the rest of my makeup, and by the time I get to the lips, not only are they nice and moisturised, but the nipple cream has worked away any flakes leaving a smoothy smooth surface for my lipstick!
Patisserie by Mac / Sugar Plum Revlon Lip Butter / Crystal Mauve Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick / Black Cherry Stila Lip Glaze / Bordeaux Kiko Precision Lip Pencil
Patisserie - Mac
This colour offers a bit of a break from the deeper shades that tend to be on trend during the colder months. It gives a slightly glossy effect which looks very pretty. The colour on me looks fairly nude, but is slightly more peachy than my natural lip colour. This makes it a very natural addition to any makeup look that still helps you to look a little more put together. Its versatility makes this perfect for the autumn/winter transition.
Sugar Plum - Revlon Lip Butter
This is my absolute go-to lip product at the moment. I'm only just getting into Revlon lip butters, and I am sold. Its brilliant moisturising properties really show in the way that the product appears on the lips. What makes it even better is that even though it is sheer, the pigmentation is great. The fact that it isn't thick or difficult to apply makes it perfect to throw on without the use of a mirror throughout the day - it glides on perfectly! This shade in particular is brilliant for a subtle autumnal addition to any makeup look.
Crystal Mauve - Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick
This lipstick definitly has a healthy shine, but the texture is a little different to the more natural gloss of the first two lipsticks. The thing that I particularly love about this shade is its buidability. I sometimes wear this lightly dabbed onto my lips and smoothed out for some more subtle colour, but it also builds to a more intense colour. Even after a couple of layers the product does not settle into any cracks on the lips. It definitely doesn't dry my lips out and just makes them look beautiful and healthy.
Black Cherry - Stila Lip Glaze
I first thought that this colour looked a little scary in the tube. I thought that it was going to be a deep purple, but in reality it's a glossy, deep red with some purple undertones. It definitely looks a little more pigmented in reality than in the pictures, but it can still be worn in an everyday look without stealing the show. I love the highly glossy look this gives, but my only criticism would be that I do find it difficult to apply it evenly with the brush applicator it comes with. Rubbing your lips together definitely helps this, and also makes the texture feel creamier rather than a little sticky. If you're looking for a subtle yet vampy lip, this could be a good place to start.
Bordeaux - Kiko Precision Lip Pencil
This is probably the hardest of all the products to wear. The deep shade has a tendency to settle into cracks on the lips if they're not properly exfoliated and moisturised, but don't let this put you off! This pencil is a bargain at £4.60 and has incredible lasting power. If you're wearing it on its own, the intensity definitely dies down after a while, but leaves a gorgeous, deep tint to your lips. Of course you can always reapply throughout the day to prevent this from happening if you like. The texture of this is fairly matte, which paired with the right makeup looks very classy!