Could Lip Powders Be the Secret to a Perfect Pout?

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Matte makeup isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but what is changing is the way we’re wearing it. It’s time to forget your usual liquid lip colors or lipsticks because, now, it’s all about lip powders. Yes, that’s right – powders. And before you envisage dry, flaky lips caked in a powdery mess, these aren’t like any powder you’ve ever tried before.

They’re futuristic formulations hailing from (surprise, surprise) South Korea, and combine the best of a liquid lipstick with a stain to leave lips coated in a smooth, velvety slick of color sans crumbling or dryness. Instead, pigment-rich powders melt into the lips to lock color in without smudging or budging. Available in the form of pens, palettes, and traditional bullets, brands from Clinique to Chanel are creating their own version of this innovative SoKo product – some even feature a sponge-tipped wand that helps deliver the perfect amount of pigment to your pout.

Best Lip Powders
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One of the biggest beauty trends we saw both this season and for Spring/Summer 2019 was the soft, blurred lip, and – you guessed it – lip powders are perfect for creating this effect. They gently fade as powders sink into skin, leaving lips with more of a stained look without a sharp, super defined edge. As the less is more approach continues to be on trend and with natural, effortless looks reigning supreme – lip powders are a softer, modern way to rock a matte mouth.

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Speaking of Fashion Week trends, MAC’s new ‘Powder Kiss’ lipstick was all the rage backstage at the Spring/Summer 2019 shows, with makeup artists praising it for its soft-focus blur of color that doesn’t dry out lips. Sneak peeks were posted on Instagram ahead of its launch – it has yet to hit shelves in the Middle East – teasing us with enticing captions like: “Did you ever think a matte lipstick could feel like a lip balm?”

Well apparently, it does thanks to a groundbreaking formula that contains moisture-coated powder pigments that hydrate and condition lips. Needless to say, we’re eagerly awaiting its arrival. In the meantime, shop this season’s must-have product with our edit of the best lip powders, below – just remember to exfoliate and moisturize your lips beforehand. This will help color last longer and keep your lips soft and smooth.

 

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Clinique ‘Pop Lip Shadow’

Delivering a pop of highly pigmented color to your pout, this weightless matte powder comes in an array of shades to create the perfect statement lip. It also features an antibacterial-treated sponge applicator to keep blemish-inducing bugs at bay.

Could Lip Powders Be the Secret to a Perfect Pout?

Clinique ‘Pop Lip Shadow’

AED129

Sephora

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Chanel 'Rouge Allure Liquid Powder'

This luxurious formula glides seamlessly onto lips to deliver a soft blur of matte color. Its creamy yet powder-like texture is easily buildable, making it the perfect pick, whether you want light or intense coverage.

Could Lip Powders Be the Secret to a Perfect Pout?

Chanel ‘Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in Radical’

AED175

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NYX ‘Powder Puff Lippie’

A mousse for your mouth, this lip cream goes on like a slick of velvet and sets to a soft, powdery finish to provide comfortable, long-wearing color.

Could Lip Powders Be the Secret to a Perfect Pout?

NYX ‘Powder Puff Lippie’

AED39.42

Look Fantastic

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Buxom ‘PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder’

Not only does this plumping lip powder provide long-lasting and non-drying wearable color, but it’s also packed with peptides to subtly plumps lips and lessen the appearance of fine lines.

Could Lip Powders Be the Secret to a Perfect Pout?

Buxom ‘PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder’

AED71

Cult Beauty

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Cle ‘Melting Lip Powder’

Formulated with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to nourish and hydrate lips, this waterproof and smudge-proof powder melts into a creamy stain upon application. You can use it to give cheeks a flush of blush, too!

Could Lip Powders Be the Secret to a Perfect Pout?

Cle ‘Melting Lip Powder’

AED89.77

Revolve

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