The Summer Lip Edit

summer-lip-beauty-lipstick-picks-edit-mac-charlotte-tilbury-illamasqua-makeup-bright-lips-summeryWhen it comes to lip products I am always more of a neutral kinda gal. I have my go-to shades which usually consist of every variation of nude going (I swear they are different, really!). However when Summer comes around I am all for something that little bit bolder. Bright corals and fuchsia shades are all that I crave in Summer time and just look great alongside a tan and my Summer attire. I left out my lip choices in my Travel Makeup Bag post so I thought today I would share my go-to lip picks for the sunny season. I did have a couple more shades however they are very similar to a few that I am going to mention anyway!

Starting with the lightest shades from the bunch. I got my first use out of the Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid in Surrender. I picked this up way back at the start of the year and mentioned it in this haul. The shade is a bright pink-y peach that basically has Summer all over it. This is the first I’ve tried one of these Illamasqua liquid lipsticks however the formula applied quite streaky on me at first and the colour looked a bit odd on my appearance. However when I patted it down, it revealed a nice softer nude peach colour, perfect for a more toned down look. The formula ovbiously requires a bit of work but the finished result is worth it!

Keeping with the lighter options but moving on to the coral-y shades, I love Charlotte Tilbury Sexy Sienna. This is a beautiful peachy coral shade which can be worn toned down or more vibrantly. The CT formula is also worth a shout for being super creamy and comfortable to wear. To amp it up even more, Mac Tropic Tonic is pretty much like the bolder sister with a vivid pink-y coral colour that is definitely one for the tanned.

To the more bolder picks now, Relentlessly Red is much like a more pinker toned Tropic Tonic. The name is rather misleading, it is definitely not red but more of a bright fuchsia pink. The Retro Matte formula is also super long wearing. Moving on to a more redder toned option, I have also got my first wear out of the Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Soaked which is a gorgeous orange-y red shade. I love these kind of shades, more summery than a typical red with the orange undertones yet still so wearable. Lastly, is my latest new lip addition that I picked up at duty free, Mac Flat Out Fabulous. I had wanted this shade for so long and I am so glad I picked it up! It’s a beautiful plum-y fuchsia shade that looks so flattering and such a wearable way to venture into purple tones. Love it!

What is your top Summer lip pick?


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How To Wear A Matte Lip

How to do Matte lipsMatte lips are truly having their moment just now. I can totally understand why though as I love a good long lasting matte lip. Knowing that my lipstick will stay in place and look nice is a big deal so I do have a thing for matte lips which always does the trick. Although we are all pretty much aware that going matte has its issues. Many matte lip products can be drying or uncomfortable due to cracked or dry lips so it is vital that lips are well prepped before hand. I thought I would share a few pointers to keeping your lips looking in tip top shape whilst rocking a matte finish.


Thinking on similar grounds to your skin, if you have dry flaky skin then exfoliation is your best friend. Similarly, as you would with your skin, you apply to your lips. Ensuring your lips are smooth and rid of any dry patches, using a lip scrub can help create a good base. There are plenty of lip scrubs available now, heck you could even make your own, DIY style! Although I will always love the Lush Lip Scrubs, effectively gets the job done and tastes nice too! Another good method for ensuring your lips are super smooth is to brush them with a toothbrush, sounds gruesome but it really works at peeling away dead skin.


Again like you would with skin after exfoliating is add a boost of moisture. It is important to ensure you retain levels of moisture in your lips so they are well hydrated especially under matte lipsticks. Investing in a good lip balm is key and a product everyone needs in their stash. For under lipstick, I am currently loving the new Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base, the perfect base for lipstick which makes my lips feel super soft and comfortable under drying lip products.


As well as matte lips, lip liner is really having a thing too at the moment. I am definitely cool with that though as adding in that extra step can do all the difference. For long lasting colour, filling in your lips using a liner can help pro-long the wear of your lipstick and also prevent the colour fading unevenly. Having a lined base underneath means when your lipstick starts to fade, your lips can still retain colour from the liner stain. My favourite lip liners are the Mac ones as they are super creamy and apply easily.


Once you’ve given your lips the perfect prep, it’s finally time to apply your favourite matte lippy! Then to give your lips a final boost of longevity, by placing a tissue over your lips you can dust translucent powder over to set your lipstick in place.

What is your tips for wearing matte lips?


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