Make-Up Girl About Town - Winter Lips

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Anna Durston is a make-up artist who has been in the industry for 15 years. She has become exposed to a wide variety of beauty products and techniques on the market and this month she is talking about winter lips. When I was working at Good HouseKeeping on a Christmas shoot (in August) what became apparent when finishing my lady’s look was that she needed a great lip colour. She had dark hair and eyes and was wearing a gorgeous emerald green dress. I used a lovely rich mauve/plum by mixing (us MUA do this a lot) Cosmic Lily and Black Berry from my faithful Bobbi Brown lip palette. Lipsticks are big news this Winter so you can choose from the rich berry colours of browns and purples. Also matte is back in a big way, so you can ensure your look lasts the day as well as keeping en vogue.

Here are two of my favourite brands.

Who can have failed to notice the arrival of Charlotte Tilbury’s range of make-up? With a long list of products, her matte lipsticks are a must-have. They are matte but hydrating with beautiful rose gold packaging and 10 colours to choose from. For a winter look try, Birkin Brown, and Glastonbery, which is my favourite, and for that touch of glam try Bond Girl or Red Carpet Red.

My other favourite are the Sleek makeUP range of lip colours. An instant hit has been the lipstick palette in Havana; there are four lip colours in gloss and satin finishes with mouth watering names like Cookie, Rum, Frappuccino and Crème Brulee. Ranging from a lovely deep berry and rich browns they are a great wear on their own or mixed with pale biscuit. The palette has a good size mirror and the brush more square than pointy making application quick and easy. To add some vibrancy and joy into winter, try Sleek’s matte lipstick in Exxxagerate. A wow of mauve but this could be just what we need in those long winter months to come.

In the winter months it's important to keep your lips well moisturised, try classic Carmex. It’s fab - non greasy with a little menthol tingle. The matte lipsticks these days are really well hydrated and won't dry your lips out like the ones years ago. Wear them in two ways; as a stain, dabbed on using your finger tips or as a polished look using a matching lip pencil before you apply the colour maybe using a lip brush. There are loads of fun, sexy, sophisticated , versatile lip colours around. I’m actually looking forward to winter.