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WATCH: Velvet lips are a thing (and it could be the most comfortable lip trend yet)

FRESH, GLOWY SKIN AND A BOLD LIP THAT’S MORE NEAT THAN NUISANCE? COUNT. US. IN.

As gloomy days come to play, we’re brightening up our moods (and faces) with minimal looks that make an impact (and take just minutes to recreate). This velvety lip is just the beginning.

The most important thing in prepping for a bold lip look is concealing any unwanted redness (blemishes or pigmentation) on your face, so that your lips can be the main event. We like to go in with Kosas’ Revealer Concealer, a makeup/skincare hybrid that treats and nourishes with caffeine, hyaluronic and peptides as it covers. Applying it around the lip area will ensure your colour really pops, too.

About the lips—right now we’re all about texture, infatuated with the look of softly-stained lips with a velvety, not-quite-matte finish. It’s the happy medium of textures for when matte seems a little intense, and a sheen feels a little too frivolous. Westman Atelier’s iconic red Lip Suede compact (which, like the concealer, is also infused with skincare) is the innovation we are living for right now, complete with four buildable shades that melt into the lips.

A good dose of the signature MECCA glow on the high points of the face (by way of the Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo, of course), and you’re set for brighter days.

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