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A definitive guide to the most-wanted lip wear

Bethan Robinson
Writer and expert3 years ago
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If your lip wardrobe is feeling so last season or has seemed to be glued shut in recent months, allow us to introduce you to the SS21 lipstick staples that will have your kisses dressed to the nines...


A thing of legend in the lip arena, Natasha Denona's {I Need a Nude Lipstick} is lauded for its ultra-comfortable coverage, as well as its impressive shade selection that caters to fair-to-deep skin tones with four different undertone options. After all, we should all be able to go nude! The latest hue to join the line-up is the V-Day-inspired 'Amorosa': a medium-warm mauve with a neutral pink undertone that's crafted to suit all skin tones.


With a swathe of rave-reviewed lipsticks to their name, we're always on the lookout for {NARS} arrivals and these do not disappoint. An ode to François Nars' first muse - his mother - the endlessly elegant Claudette Collection marries ‘70s-inspired shades with decadent pigments. The only hard part is deciding between the supremely comfortable {Claudette Audacious Matte Lipstick} that boasts a soft-focus effect, and the luxuriously hydrating, satin-finish {Claudette Audacious Lipstick} that promises high-impact colour.


Synonymous with sumptuous pigments and sensorial textures, to say we were excited to welcome SUQQU's latest lipsticks in the understatement of the century. There are two finishes to fall for - the beautifully dewy {Comfort Lip Fluid Glow} and the hazy {Comfort Lip Fluid Fog} - with ten tones apiece. Expect long-wearing coverage, ever-so chic designs and rich colour payoff...


Going above and beyond the call of beauty, the award-winning {Huestick} from Live Tinted is a multi-purpose formula that not only lends flattering pigment to your lips but also your cheeks and eyelids. It doesn't even stop there; the weightless, demi-matte formula can also be used to colour-correct dark circles and hyperpigmentation to consolidate your complexion! Best of all, the stick is packed full of good-to-skin ingredients, such as squalane, hyaluronic acid and vitamins E and C. This is make up at its most luxe...


...a lip-loving arrival from Charlotte Tilbury! A lipstick, balm and a lip gloss hybrid, the all-new {Hyaluronic Happikiss} is infused with line-smoothing peptides and hyaluronic acid to cast a moisturising, high-shine effect that doesn’t skimp on the pigment. Available in 10 universally flattering shades - from the cult-classic 'Pillow Talk' to all-new peach, berry and brown tones - each one delivers high-performance, hydrating colour your lips will love!


Making the rounds across TikTok on account of its near-mythical, mask-proof properties, NYX Professional Makeup's {Shine Loud High Pigment Long Lasting Lip Shine Lip Gloss} is a must for gloss lovers that don't want to compromise on colour. Boasting up to 16 hours of transfer-free wear, this two-step formula delivers bold colour at the first swipe and an ultra-glassy, non-sticky shine at the second. You need to see it to believe it...

Bethan Robinson
Writer and expert
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Bethan is a Senior Copywriter at Cult Beauty. When she’s not trying to perfect the ultimate ‘no make up’ make up look — she swears by Saie — or find new skin care to fall for, she’s likely playing video games, making the most of her housemate’s MUBI account or strolling around Victoria Park with a pastry in hand.