The Clarins 5 Minute Lip
The way a slick of bold lipstick can pull together a look is undeniable: from bombshell red and berry hues to coral peach and bright pink, the secret to long-lasting lipstick is always the same – good preparation. We visited the Harrods Clarins counter in The Cosmetics Hall, First Floor, and met with Make-Up Artist Sarah to try the brand’s 5 Minute Lip Makeover and prove that party make-up doesn’t have to mean hours spent in front of the mirror.
Long-lasting lip colour is just as much about the preparation as it is the application. Gently cleanse your lips using a small amount of your usual cleanser on a clean cotton pad to remove leftover lipstick or oily lip balm. Next, exfoliate using a gentle scrub to buff away dead skin and create a smooth, soft surface across the lip; Clarins’ Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream is gentle enough to use every day and won’t irritate the thinner skin around the lips.
Using a sheer primer stops lipstick from slipping over the lip line; Clarins is a big fan of multi-tasking products and recommend using your usual foundation primer, or one designed for eyelids, to create a super-smooth base that helps lipstick glide on evenly. Using a concealer is also a clever trick for neutralising the colour of your lips and helping the colour stay true to its shade – a must for bright, look-at-me shades.
Next, line the lips with a lip liner to match your skin tone. A neutral-hued liner helps to create a more natural-looking finish – especially if you want to line just over the lip line for a fuller pout – and means one pencil becomes a hero for all shades, rather than having to invest in a different lip liner for every colour.
Now onto the exciting part... With party season on the horizon, now is the time to step out of your comfort zone with a new hue and finish. Switch up a day-time red for a high-gloss counterpart come nightfall or upgrade rosy hues for a vampy plum shade. Clarins’ colour-rich formulas are creamy and hydrating with a punchy dose of pigment and a subtle shine that helps to lock in moisture; we also love Charlotte Tilbury, TOM FORD and Dolce & Gabbana for an endless range of shades.
Apply lipstick straight from the bullet for a time-saving dose of pure colour. Blot with a tissue, repeat to seal in the colour and your 5 Minute Lip Makeover is complete!
Want more party looks? Check out our Destination Party beauty kit.
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