Give us a kiss: best lip-tints for SS12
Nothing screams sexy quite like a full-throttle, glossy red lip, but there’s definitely a time and a place. A lip-tint is ideal for a fresh, understated look that embraces spring with a hint of warmth and a tint of rosiness. From lip-stains to lip-glosses, there’s a plethora of colour-catching products all claiming to transform you into a veritable English rose, but which ones should you splash your cash on? We’ve tried and tested some of the best on the market and the results are in. Kiss kiss!
Best for Caring: an ultra-caring lip protector that is subtle on colour and strong on moisture. Elizabeth Arden’s world-renowned Eight Hour Cream works its magic on your lips, giving them a sheer, “just bitten” tint with a beautifully soft texture that has added SPF for protection.
Best for Playing: these gorgeous chunky lip crayons are the playful way to colourful kisses and come in a range of Spring/Summer hues. Blended with shea butter, mango seed butter and jojoba seed oil, the colour glides on seamlessly and adds long-lasting pigmented shades of warmth that are perfect for everyday use.
Best for Flirting: perfect for a light pop of colour, this lightly fragranced rosewater is beautiful added to the lips then topped with a smooth, simple balm. For an extra rosy tint, dot a couple of drops onto the apples of your cheeks then dab it gently into the skin with your fingertips for a flushed, flirty look.
Best for Sunbathing: this super-silky, soothing balm is formulated with SPF 15 giving you a sheer wash of colour that protects your precious pout from the sun’s harmful rays. Summer ready with an all-natural sheen, this one is a must for your handbag.
Best for Wining & Dining: foolproof colour that won’t budge an inch, this stain is ideal for an al fresco evening dinner with fresh food and crisp white wine. The range of colours are warm and natural, applied with precision-perfection thanks to the inked-up pen nib, and for under £6 a pop, we think they’re an absolute steal!
Best for Kissing: rich in pink and red pigments that are combined with extra-virgin coconut oil, super shea butter and organic rosehip oil, this tint provides a kissable soft colour that is long-lasting and alluring. Not only that, this lip balm is infused with fresh red apple, white chocolate, icing sugar and cinnamon for an ultra-sweet kiss. Pucker up!
With a range of shades from vibrant reds to pale pinks, each of these lip smacking lip-stains captures the beauty of budding flowers and spring blossom to perfection. Whether you’re lounging in the park on a sunny afternoon, catching a bite to eat with friends in a pretty beer garden, stealing a kiss with your Prince Charming on the tube or looking cosy and sweet in your pyjamas, you can be sure there’s a lip-tint to suit your mood. Better still, choose one for each of your many moods and never leave your lips looking anything less than luscious!
Marion Katrina Poerio