A makeup look without a lip colour is like a butterfly without wings – it won’t get you anywhere! Each season our favourite makeup brands release new colours and tones, but we’ve found five timeless lipsticks that will complete your makeup kit.
1. Rich Red
Every woman needs a classic red in her makeup bag. The right tone can make your teeth and eyes look whiter and is an instant confidence booster.
Tip: When going for a red, it’s crucial to know whether you skin works better with cool or warm tones. You can test this out by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist – if they look blue, you have cool undertones; whereas if they look green, you’ve got warm tones.
Lipsticks Left-Clockwise | Klara Cosmetic Kiss Proof Lips in Flaming Red, Antipodes Hungry Like the Wolf, Covergirl in Succulent Cherry, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in #31, Melissa Sassine Lipstick in Wanted, Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist in #6.
2. Spring Pink
A flirty pink is essential for a fresh, ‘I’ve just been kissed’ look. To find your perfect colour, bite your lip and see the slight colour change; generally it’s only a shade or two darker than your natural hue.
Lipsticks Left-Clockwise | Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Guava , Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in #37, Melissa Sassine Lipstick in Melsas, Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smoulder
If you’re sporting a sexy smoky eye, a nude lip is a must. The trick with nude lips is to opt for a colour that works with your skin, because the wrong colour can leave you looking washed out and sick. If you’ve got cool undertones, stick with rosy pink nudes. Warm undertones should opt for peach pinks or golds.
Lipsticks Left-Clockwise | Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in #16, Scout Lipstick in Brave, Covergirl Lipstick in Honeyeyed Bloom, Melissa Sassine Lipstick in Nearly Naked, Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist in #1.
Deep plum is the colour of the year, giving your makeup look a real high-fashion edge. Because this hue is such a statement in itself, keep the rest of your makeup minimal with a slick of mascara and taupe eyeshadows.
Lipsticks Left-Clockwise | Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in #24, Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Fancy, Melissa Sassine Lipstick in Berry Nice, Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Aster
Orange lips simply scream ‘holiday time’. It’s the perfect colour for hot summer nights and looks beautiful with a tan. Like all lip colours, the secret is choosing the right shade for your skin tone. Steer clear from brick oranges and opt for warm tones or bright tropical oranges with a cool pink undertone.
Lipsticks Left-Clockwise | Rimmel Lasting Finish in #12, Melissa Sassine Lipstick in Wanna Be, Klara Cosmetic Kiss Proof Lips, Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in #30, Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist in #7