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How to find the everyday lip product that’s right for you: the quiz

WEARABLE AND RELIABLE EVERYDAY LIP COLOUR IS NOT AN UNATTAINABLE DREAM. RIGHT HERE AND NOW, WE’RE HELPING YOU FIND THE ONE.

Admittedly, a bold red lip may not always be suitable for daily wear. Maybe your office doesn’t embrace colour or perhaps you’re just too busy to worry about reapplication post-coffee and pre-meeting. We get it. Though, there is a case to be made for swiping on a vibrant wash of colour to get you through the daunting moments in life. (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley says so too).

But even if you’re not one for purple lips mid-morning, that’s not to say you don’t understand and love the power of a hint of colour or slick of tint on the lips; there’s just a time and a place for this beauty staple. And if you’ve found yourself here, it’s likely you need help locating the right lip product for your everyday routine; a colour that suits your surroundings but still helps you feel put together and, most importantly, yourself.

Introducing: the MECCA lip quiz. We’re helping you with all of the above, and to solve this lipstick quandary in just five simple questions. Remember, there’s no right or wrong!

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Question 1: How often are you willing to reapply your lip product throughout the day?

A. Once, I just don’t have time for that!

B. I need my colour—even if it’s just a tint—to be working all day long so I’ll reapply whenever I have a spare moment.

C. I’m happy to reapply to ensure my colour is on point all day, every day.

D. I’ll reapply when necessary but won’t drop everything to do so.

Question 2: Do you have an important event or occasion to prepare for?

A. No, just meetings at work and emails to answer.

B. Yes, I’m going on a date.

C. Yes, I’m asking for a raise.

D. I always make plans at the last minute, so I just need a reliable shade.

Question 3: When it comes to textures and finish, what do you find most comfortable?

A. Comfort is key. I’m drawn to balms more than anything else.

B. I’ll try anything once.

C. I need a creamy hydrating colour.

D. If it’s a reliable colour and easy to use, I’m open to all textures.

Question 4: Where do you stand on shine?

A. I hate glitter and prefer something simple but practical.

B. I love sparkle. The more the merrier.

C. Hydration is all the shine I need.

D. I prefer a glossy finish over glitter.

Question 5: For everyday wear, how do you feel about colour?

A. I want barely-there colour that complements my lips rather than masks them.

B. Love. Even if it’s just a tint.

C. I’m all about a wearable neutral.

D. I need a wash of colour to brighten up my complexion.

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THE VERDICT

Mostly As: The no touch-up

The lip: Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious Glide With SPF 15 in Natural

If you collected mostly As, the chances are you’re someone who prefers a no-fuss lip day-to-day and doesn’t have time to mess around with application or runaway colour. Mecca Cosmetica’s Lip De-Luscious Glide With SPF 15 in Natural delivers a barely-there tint that will not only enhance your natural lip colour but also hydrates and protects thanks to the inclusion of shea butter and SPF. This balm is perfect for those who want hydrated, happy lips but aren’t willing to be vigilant regarding application.

Mostly Bs: The power lip

The lip: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Rock'N Shine in Rockstage Red

You’re not afraid of colour and certainly don’t shy away from shine. What you do need from your lipstick is a reliable hue that doesn’t overwhelm but does give you a confidence boost. Are you tackling something daunting today? Or have a second date lined up? If yes, Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Volupté Rock'N Shine in Rockstage Red should be your go-to. Somewhere between a lipstick and a balm, this hydrating wonder offers day-time appropriate shimmer and medium coverage colour but doesn’t scream ‘look at me’. Rather, this subtle lip says poise and power.

Mostly Cs: The neutral saviour

The lip: BareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick in Memory

If you answered mostly Cs, you’re likely someone who feels naked without their nude lip. You’re a master of neutrals and know how to wield a beige or dusty pink with your eyes closed. Your routine and disposition allow for reapplication and a good dose of colour, but you need a lip that’s comfortable too. If you’re stepping into an important meeting or asking for a raise, look to the BareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick in Memory, a wearable neutral rose for the lips. It serves up an understated swipe of colour that you can reach for daily.

Mostly Ds: The subtle shine

The lip: Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss in Dip

If you found yourself drawn mostly to Ds then you may be a little more relaxed in your approach to make-up in general but still enjoy a little experimentation. If you’re always on the go or making plans last minute; if you’re generally relaxed about application but don’t mind a tricky texture then look to Kosas’ Wet Lip Oil Gloss in Dip. A gloss rather than a traditional lipstick, Kosas provides performance-driven product (the gloss is infused with hyaluronic acid and peptides) that’s reliable but doesn’t need hours in front of the mirror to get right.

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