Tried and tested

Need this Now: Lip Mask

Berry Lip Look - Autumn/Winter

I know, I know… lips are little so why throw money at them/surely ‘lip mask’ is just another word for ‘lip balm’, dreamed up by marketeers to make us spend more money. WRONG. I mean, YES, lips are little but they take a lot of flack; getting scorched because we’re too greedy, bitten because we’re too nervous, chapped because it’s too cold, burned because it’s too sunny… dehydrated because we’re too amorous (woohooo). So, with autumn peeping ’round the corner – and berry stains and deep plum lipsticks beckoning us with their velvety matte textures and vampish, Jourdan Dunn allure – it’s time to get lips ship-shape and voluptuous.

Buff ’em – but not with a toothbrush, with which you’re liable to be too zealous and leave them feeling ouchie. Use Bliss Spa’s {Fabulips} to banish flakiness without upsetting your already stressed out pout. The oscillating ‘brush’ has tiny, silicone nodes to stimulate circulation, while the sugar lip scrub contains a cocktail of soothing and softening oils (shea, olive, sweet almond and orange), alongside walnut seed powder to gently loosen dead skin cells and leave your lips feeling plumped, pristine and kissable.

Now for the mask bit… (don’t worry, you needn’t wear yellow). Given that lip-skin’s much thinner than anywhere else on your body, it makes sense to treat it to a stint in lip-rehab. Kaplan MD’s {Lip Mask} is a souped-up formula that works to replenish, repair and protect your delicate skin from the ravages wrought by too much smooching. Not only that, but marine collagen helps redefine the lip contour, so those, er… ‘cat’s bottom’ (?!) lines are diminished, while hyaluronic acid helps to ‘poof’ the pillows and counteract the flaking caused by loss of moisture. So put your money where your mouth is, and rock that ‘rouge noir’ satin lip with a-plum-b. (OCC’s {Cosmetic Colour Pencil} in Black Dahlia’s a dream)!

Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…