Merry Kiss-Mas!

Cosy nights cuddled up by the fire, acres of twinkling fairy lights and kisses stolen under the mistletoe… There’s no doubt about it, Christmas is an incredibly romantic time of year. So if you’re hoping to meet someone special this festive season you’ll be wanting your lips to be looking their best: plump, smooth and utterly irresistible. Keep reading for a list of Venue’s favourite ways to achieve that perfect pout…


Scrub, scrub, scrub!

The key to long-lasting lip colour is a solid base, therefore your first port of call should be finding a good lip scrub. You can easily make one of your own from common household ingredients such as sugar and olive oil, mixing it into a paste and rubbing across your lips, sloughing off the dead skin to reveal a soft, smooth and plump base for your chosen lip product to cling to.

Bring the base

As far as long-lasting lip looks are concerned, this is one of the best-kept secrets in the beauty industry. Using a concealer stick like Rimmel’s Hide The Blemish Concealer before you apply your lip product creates a solid base that lipstick sticks to all day (and night) while remaining considerably cheaper than some high-end lipsticks that claim to be the most durable on the market. This neat little trick also brings out the pigment of your lip product by neutralizing your mouth’s own natural tint, making sure that you get a vivid look that packs a punch.

All lacquered up

It’s common knowledge that goopy lip-gloss can be a major passion-killer when it comes to that New Years clinch. To avoid any sticky situations this holiday you should be looking for a lip lacquer like Maybelline’s Superstay 24 Hour Lip Colour which dries quickly, stays put even while drinking and won’t smudge – it even comes with a balm to moisturize your lips and add a subtle ‘kiss-me’ sheen.

Drawing the line

The beauty industry’s newest and best innovation of recent years has been Clinique’s Chubby Sticks – they moisturize, don’t budge or transfer and they come in a range of seasonal colours. If your student loan won’t allow a splurge on high-end beauty, there are plenty of equally good imitations such as the Barry M Lip Lacquer Crayon that will do the trick.


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February 2021
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