5 tips to help you rock a bright lip

5 bold lip shades to try for all skin tones
5 bold lip shades to try for all skin tones
1. Think precision – there’s no chance of getting away with  a slapdash application technique with a bright lippie. Set yourself up with a decent mirror, your matching lip liner (see below) and a decent lip brush. Yup, it’s time for the lip brush ladies. Zoeva do a great one that’s really handbag friendly as the handle turns into a case, so you don’t run the risk of splodging lipstick all over your makeup bag in between applications. Use the brush to outline the edges of your lips and then in the rest with larger strokes.

2. Get a matching lip liner – not only will this help you get a sharp finish to the end product, but if you apply it all over your lips before you get started on the lipstick it will help it last longer and stop any patchy finishes coming through too quickly. Get one as close in shade as you can to your lipstick and make sure to give it a good sharpen before each use to keep lines neat and tidy.

3. Even out your skin tone – a bold lip works best against flawless skin, so while the majority of us aren’t blessed with that on a day to day basis, fake it a little with a decent base, some concealer and a dusting of highlighter on top. If you suffer from redness in your skin, pop a little of Dermalogica’s Redness Relief primer on before your foundation as it helps to combat any red tones in the skin.

4. Reapply, reapply, reapply – I know this is all sounding like a lot of work, but it really will be worth it, I promise! Pop your chosen shade in your bag for regular top ups throughout the day. Brighter shades are more obvious when they start to fade so you’ll need to reapply regularly to avoid looking like you’ve only filled in the outer part of your lips.

5. Be brave and go for it – it really does come down to confidence with these kinds of shades, so don’t be put off by them – find one you love and just go for it!

5 shades to try:

Burberry Lip Velvet Oxblood* – the perfect deep berry shade, I promise you that even the palest of skins can get away with this shade. It might look scary in the tube, but once it’s on the lips, you get a rich, bold shade that will suit virtually everyone. The creamy formula makes it easy to wear for hours and the pigmentation lasts incredibly well on the lips. £26

YSL Rouge Pur Couture 27 – YSL’s iconic hot pink shade ‘27’ is a blue-based pink that’s not for the faint-hearted. The ultra luxe packaging and long wearing formula make this a must-have in my books. £26

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Pink Pong – for a long-lasting formula with a matte finish you really can’t go wrong with Bourjois’ Rouge Edition Velvets. There are lots of shades to choose from, but if you’re feeling daring, I’d highly recommend Pink Pong, a punchy hot pink. £8.99

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – this blood-red shade from NARS is one of the best around. It’s rich, deep and a tone that seems to work on everyone that tries it. The formula of the Velvet Matte pencils is seriously long-wearing but can be a bit unforgiving on dry lips, so prep well with a scrub and some balm before you wear it. £19

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Devoted Bright Red* - once dry, these liquid lipsticks really won’t be budging from your lips! Devoted Bright Red is, as the name suggests, a bright, true red shade with pretty neutral undertones. I find these best applied in a very thin layer across the lips, using the tip of the doe foot applicator to create a good outline before filling in the rest of the lips. £13.50

What are your favourite bold lip shades to wear?

*PR samples


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