Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Tinted Lip Balm: The Reason You Do Not Need Lipstick In The Summer

Summer make-up can be tricky to master. Your skin can get clammy spending prolonged periods in the heat and could start oozing sweat at any moment, so many cosmetics melt. Despite the heat, I do like a bit of polish and glamour. One simple and subtle way to achieve that is using a tinted lip balm or lip stain - or both!

Warmer weather is the perfect time to give your skin a break from a heavy make-up routine. A tinted moisturiser, almost invisible cover-up, reliable bronzer and steadfast, waterproof mascara is all you need. Mix it up with a tinted lip balm and you have a healthy sunny glow, ready to withstand being out and about in the summer time.

After several shopping around exercises over the years, MAC's Tinted Lip Conditioner always comes out top for me but sadly the company are phasing them out, only a few shades remain on the U.K. website. My all time hero shade Soothing Beige is gone, so I'm in the market to find a colour which comes close and is fit for purpose - hydrating, soothing and glamourising my summer smoochers. 

I found out about the demise of my favourite balm airside at Heathrow this March, a pot of lip balm is one of my long-haul flight essentials. I trotted along to the Duty Free and picked up a Clinique Chubby Stick after explaining to the assistant my 'pot' woes. The shade, Whole Lot Of Honey, lived up to my scrutiny in colour but my moisture hungry lips ate the balm too quickly so I irritatingly had to reapply several times. 

My favourite so far, on my quest to find a new tinted lip balm is Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm, £16.00. It doesn't have an SPF and it is a shimmer finish (I prefer matte) but the Sweet Fig shade is just what I'm looking for to fit with my beach glow summer look. It even stayed on after eating my lunch, which I don't usually expect from a lip balm. 

Another solution for melt-free summer lips is to use a stain. I'm talking about clear liquid lip stains, often applied with a brush or pen. Not those lipsticks which refuse to die on your lips - which clump are vile in my view. If you still want some shine, wait for the stain to dry completely, then add some clear balm over the top. It shouldn't remove the stain underneath, at least not for a few good applications. 

The Body Shop sells a reliable and versatile lip stain in two shades which used to be rare until Rimmel launched 1000 Kisses. I've been combining stain with balm for years and happily Rimmel's felt pen style lip stain has a handy balm stick the opposite end. Other clear balms to compliment your stain with a subtle sheen would be Body Shop's Lip Butter or MAC's Lip Conditioner with SPF 15

Trying to find a stain in red or warm brown is nearly impossible. Rimmel's 'variety' of shades seem to be several shades of pink. You can still buy MAC's discontinued Lip Stain pens on eBay but caveat emptor, as you could end up buying make-up that could not be authentic which potentially comes with a whole set of health risks. 

So if there are any manufacturers reading this, please can you make a nutty, creamy, matte brown lip balm please, that preferably tastes of champagne. 

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