Tried and tested

Read all about the lip crayon our editor’s obsessed with

“For someone so socially awkward I’d rather walk over hot coals than make eye contact (not quite, but nearly) it’s bizarre that I’ve never been shy about making a bold make up statement. Since infancy, when my mum says I’d peep round the top of the stairs at our NEIGHBOURS who thought I was mute (I prefer to believe I was being ‘observant’), I’ve always been drawn to a bright swipe of lipstick or glittery gloss in a Barbie-pink hue.

“From my colouring-in days, when all of my ladies bore gaudy ‘kiss’ lips, to teenage years ‘studying’ pages from VOGUE, lipstick has held me in thrall. Every shade from barely-there to practically-black has staked its claim to my collection (I queued to secure an obsidian YSL lacquer) but, although I still dabble with vinyl and never say no to a balm, absolutely matte is where it’s at (in my opinion).

“Step forward: NARS {Velvet Matte Lip Pencil} – a long-wearing crayon that’s stolen my soul. Since I first bought ‘Cruella’ a decade ago, I’ve never looked back and have steadily stockpiled a wardrobe of colours for every whim, wedding or weather. Creamy yet velvety, cocktail-resistant but comfortable, these quick, convenient sticks are the ultimate finishing touch to an otherwise minimal look (I’m low-maintenance). 

“The best trick I’ve found for disguising a hangover, these stunning, pigment-rich crayons unfailingly help me feel polished – whether I’m dressed-up or sporting my ‘uniform’ (t-shirt and jeans for-the-win). {Cruella} – my ‘Holy Grail’ red – is the perfect blue-crimson that ‘lifts’ my complexion and looks just as great when applied with precision, as blended with fingers for ‘caught snogging’ cool (or so I tell myself).

“And if red feels a little too trop try {Walkyrie} – a soft nearly-nude with a whisper of coral that’s pretty and beautifully bridal (my best friend chose this for her wedding last week). 

“Fancy reliving your Barbie-besotted youth (just me?)? Reach straight for {Let’s Go Crazy} – the vivid(est) pink in the lip-lovers arsenal (watch our Ken). And, for pairing with holiday skin, I can’t wait to embrace the new {Summertime} hues: {Dance Fever} is going with me to Mallorca and {Promiscuous} will see me through the season of soirees (and countless rosés).” – Verity Douglas, Content Editor



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…