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No matter the season, you’ll rarely see a Paris girl without a trusted pop of red lipstick. So it’s an essential to know how to care for a lipstick-wearing pout, especially when the temperatures hit the single digits.
Smooth, hydrated lips increase pigment intensity and long-lasting color tenfold. During the colder months, up your hydrating care, especially before applying any color to avoid dehydrated, chapped lips. For plumper lips with long-lasting color, Paris Inspires makeup artist Lili Choï swears by “applying a thick layer of hydrating balm at night. This way, you’ll wake in the morning with soft, healthy lips, ready for a smooth, easy lipstick application. In case your lips are extremely chapped, or you’re looking for a more glossy color effect, apply a layer of lip base beneath the color to nourish lips and add a creamy effect.” To avoid any irregular coloring or pigment clinging to dry skin, lightly exfoliate your lips once a week. Doing so will result in a smoother, plumper pout, ready for flawless color that won’t fade.
Do as the French do, and pay close attention to the finer details. Make sure you find the best color for your skin, as well as the season. The lipstick that matches your beautifully bronzed summer tan is not going to work so well on a paler wintry complexion. Lili Choï reveals her tips and tricks to finding the best shade and flawless formula for a perfect pout this winter.
Color: For sophistication, choose cooler shades like crimson, garnet and burgundy that flatter paler complexions thanks to their blue tones, or for those with pinker skin tones, go for soft nudes to subtly highlight your lips and enhance the rosiness in your skin.
Texture: Opt for lipsticks with creamy formulas for an easier application and protection from the cold that will keep your lips nourished throughout winter.
Application: Apply color directly to your lips, or use a brush for an even smoother finish.
For total lip care, from a protective base, to an all-in-one lipstick, here are the essentials for a flawless winter pout, safe from Jack Frost.
1. L’Absolu Rouge Base. Rich in Pro-Xylane, this replenishing base hydrates lips like never before with up to six hours nourishing protection, leaving them satiny soft.
2. L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick. Just as rich in Pro-Xylane, this creamy lipstick comes in vibrant, hydrating colors which put your healthy pout in the spotlight. Our favorite? 179 Berry Noir.
3. Baume in Love. Apply this reparative balm at night before bed for a deeply hydrating treatment thanks to a formula packed with nourishing Shea Butter. Damaged lips will be soft, soothed and supple by morning.
4. Rouge In Love. With a potent, yet ultra lightweight formula, Rouge In Love offers long-wear color that lasts for an amazing six hours. Our favorite? 292N Cocoa Couture.