Winters are essentially an exercise in lip hydration -- that is, I switch between any one of these lip balms. If I use anything else, my lips turn into a minefield of lip splitting waiting to happen. Not pretty.
Then it starts to warm up, the winds die down and I'm free to wear as much or as little product as I want! I don't often go for the lipstick + lip gloss combination (I'm far too lazy for that), but I've been playing with a few of them lately, and I've found one I particularly adore.
I'm currently rocking Chanel Rouge Allure Romantic, topped off with Naked Lip Radiance from GLEAM, a nude, peachy gloss. For those of you have trouble finding a my lip but better colour, this is a great compromise. I don't know about you guys, but for me, MLBB (there's some blog slang for you) colours tend to wash me out or make my lips look oddly swollen. This combination settles into a very flattering rose-pink, with just the right balance of brightness and warmth for my skin.
The trick to achieving this look is to find a nude gloss that puts more weight on pigment than shimmer. For example, this doesn't work well with my beloved MAC Nymphette -- that colour comes off too much like a gold shimmer and doesn't actually alter the colour of the lipstick underneath. Clarins Lip Perfector 02 is an ultra-hydrating option, and Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot also works well -- that one gives the smoothest finish. A fantastic drugstore option is Revlon Nude Lustre -- this colour is flattering on everyone I've put it on. Layer it over a bright lipstick that you know adore and you're on your way! To keep your lips from feeling like they're overloaded with product, don't apply from the bullet. Instead, use your fingers to stain on the lipstick for a lighter texture.
What lipstick/lip gloss combinations are you playing with?