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The powerful allure of lipstick has lasted for over 5,000 years of history, and though advancements in formulation and application have brought us countless styles of wear, the fundamentals of painted lips remain the same in their ability to shape and highlight the most evocative part of the face. This year, lipstick takes on a more soft focus effect with powder finishes and creamy ‘90s-inspired nudes. Here, we highlight the brands and products that give prominence to these two styles of lipsticks.
The latest take on a matte lip comes in the form of a powder lipstick that gives an effortless wash of pigment while feeling weightless on the mouth. Unlike the sharp, defined lines of tradition opaque matte lipsticks, powder formulations offer blurred edges that are blendable and buildable, giving the look of a slightly undone smudged kiss. Brands like Shiseido, Giorgio Armani Beauty and Chanel are leading the game with new generation formulas that coat the lips in buildable micro-capsulated pigment that stays put all day. We recommend dabbing colour on the inner centre of your lips and blending out to the lip lines.
There’s nothing as flattering as a perfect nude lip. These “your lips but better” shades naturally maximise volume for soft, pillowy pouts made for kissing. The current beauty wave looks to satin matte finishes and ‘90s supermodel nudes that offer a subtle tint of rose. Bobbi Brown’s Lip Color in Pale Pink is a classic nude, Tom Ford Lip Color in Spanish Pink offers an enviable blush tint, while Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Rouge d’Armani Matte Lipstick in 102 offers intense matte coverage and comfort. These famous formulas are infused with soothing, hydrating ingredients for smooth application and long-lasting wear.