Kylie Jenner‘s lips have spent more time in the spotlight than Donald Trump‘s toupee. But that doesn’t mean we’re not curious about some of the shades she rocks and the perfect pout she always seems to sport.
Last year, the makeup mogul launched a handful of cosmetics, including her now infamous Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits, which sold out in seconds. And yeah, we know Kylie’s lips are enhanced using more than makeup–she’s been vocal about that–but it doesn’t mean we don’t think there are days her lips are on fleek.
Truth be told, we’re pretty satisfied with a swipe of pinky gloss on a good day, and for a regular old Tuesday, just a dab of Carmex will do. But our curiosity is getting the better of us, and we’re willing to give a lip kit a whirl. But, what the heck is a lip kit anyway, and do we really need one?
Basically, a lip kit is a couple of key products that are used together to enhance the natural lip shape and colour.
Lip kits come in a variety of finishes—kind of like paint—depending on the look you want to achieve. There’s hyper glossy, which will make your lips shiny like a disco ball, or a still lake at dawn. Gloss is good for a few things: making thin lips appear larger than they naturally are; and for lips that are starting to see some fine line around the edges from, you know, life—laughing, smirking, pouting. On the opposite end of the spectrum is matte, which is tricky to pull off as it shows every imperfection in the skin, but can look magazine-cover-ready when done right. The secret to a winning matte finish? Liner. All of the liner.
Most kits include two or three of the following:
This handy dandy pencil is used to draw along the edge of your natural lip line, though some people will draw on the outer edge of their lips to add volume. Lip liner helps to keep the lipstick (next tool) in place, and also acts as a guide, making it easier to keep within the lines. (Just like your adult colouring book!) Once you’ve lined the outer edges (take your time), use the lip pencil to colour onto the lips, too. This will avoid the dreaded “over-lined” lip look. You know the one. Your great granny probably wore it by accident.
Yes, we all know lipstick, but the secret to a solid looking lipstick is seriously the step before this: the liner. Once your liner is perfectly in place, layer your lipstick on top. Some kits will come with a brush, which helps with precision, but most assume we all have a steady hand. With a bit of practice and patience, you can apply the lipstick of your choice—creamy, matte or wet.
Glosses are easy to apply as most come in a tube with a wand applicator inside. And most glosses do what they say—add a glossy finish to the lips—but some will look glossy and end up drying matte.
So, it does sound like a bit of work, but we think everyone has the choice to sport makeup or not. Dealers choice!
Here are our three of our favourite lip kits:
Kylie Jenner’s original ultra matte lip kit
She’s built a business around these kits, and her fans have gone crazy for them. The package comes with two different products that promise to give you Kylie-approved puckers. The blue-ish red in the colour dubbed “Mary Jo K” works on many skin tones as it’s a perfect balance of both hues. Kylie’s added some moisture to her product mix, so while it looks matte on the lips, it doesn’t feel drying.
Kat Von D’s version of a matte lip kit
Kat Von D’s intro to Canada, dubbed the Hello Canada! Set, will give you the perfect red lip with an ultra matte finish. The collection includes a mini lipstick and a liquid lipstick, which is where the magic happens. The liquid product goes on wet (applied after the lipstick), but transforms into an ultra dry, ultra matte finish. Plus, this kit comes with a bonus eyeliner, which, yeah, we’ll totally try.
If you want something a bit shinier: Charlotte Tilbury
Charlotte Tilbury is a makeup artist to the stars—many of the red carpet looks you see on TV can be attributed to her. So when someone like Tilbury launches a makeup line, you check it out. New to Canada, Tilbury’s line offers a range of products, including her all-star lip kits. The kits come with a liner, a lipstick and a gloss, which is pretty much the best of both worlds. Add the gloss if you want to amp up the shine, or just apply the liner and lipstick for a more subtle look.