For an ultra-sophisticated look, layer up with molten gold. Apply a dash of Estée Lauder Pure Colour Vivid Shine Lipstick in Lame, £19.50, over a slick of red. By adding colour depth, your lips will look less garish and more grown-up glam.
Mix up this classic lip hue by giving it a matte twist, à la Victoria Beckham’s A/W ’12 catwalk show. Old school just got totally modern and properly hot. Rimmel London Kate Matte Lipstick in 110, £5.49 (1), works a treat on any skin tone. Slick on straight from the stick, pucker up and go.
Dual shades are big beauty news this season. From two-tone hair to contrast-colour eyeshadow, it’s no wonder lipstick didn’t want to be left out. Layer up a burgundy base with a sultry slick of bright-red lipstick in the centre of your lips to create a so-now wine-stained pout, as inspired by Gucci and loved by sultry singer Lana Del Rey.
Style tip Coat your lips in burgundy Rimmel London Kate Matte Lipstick in 107, £5.49 (2). Then for fair skins, add a touch of Mac Lipstick in Russian Red, £14, in the middle of your pout, or for olive skin, try Guerlain Rouge G in Gilda, £27 (3).
Glossy? Check. Berry-licious? Check. Bang on trend? Triple check. You can tick all the boxes by adding a clear gloss to any lippy for the perfect pout, as seen at Clements Ribeiro and worn by Alexa Chung and Emma Stone.
Style tip Apply a base lippy, such as Clinique Long Last Lipstick, £16.50 (4) – great for fair maidens – over your entire lip, or Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Blackberry, £17.50 (5), for olive skins. “Next, add a clear gloss, like Mac Clear Lipglass, £13, to the centre of your lips,” advises make-up artist Aimee Adams. “It will give the illusion of fullness.”
In the buff
Barely-there shades were all over the catwalk for A/W ’12, with Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana both rocking neutrals. But forget ashen hues that can make skin look dull; it’s all about nudes with pink or coral undertones to keep this look lively.