Is there anything more instantly mood-boosting than a slick of red lipstick? It’s one of the easiest (and most pocket friendly) ways to put a spring in your step, and one of those small changes you can implement that makes a big difference to the way you look and feel. While the red lip has traditionally signalled unbridled glamour, it’s certainly no longer reserved for after-hours. In fact, it’s become hallmark for relaxed glamour, whatever time of the day. Here are some of our favourites out there…
Beauty stalwart Nars has been a firm fixture in many-a-make-up bag. Most of us rely on their sell-out blushers but we think this new lipstick deserves equal billing. With a choice from three finishes (sheer, matt and satin) and a moringa and passion fruit oil blend, expect smooth, even coverage in a super-wearable lightweight finish.
With precious handbag space at a premium, we’re seeing an emergence of more double- (or even triple-) duty products that pledge to tick off more of your morning to-do list. This lip and cheek tint, from Aussie brand Frank Body, does just that with a nourishing rich cherry bomb shade of red that looks great smeared over cheeks and lips alike. Definitely one for the morning commute and/or school run.
It was only a matter of time before our hankering for all things 80s finally caught up with our make-up bags. And high-gloss red lipstick is a shot of nostalgia in a tube. This Laura Mercier one is a modern-day nod to the decade that taste forgot, with a more subtle (and ultra-hydrating) glaze finish. We say, best worn with bare skin and minimal mascara, though 80s purists will argue the only way is a la Joan Collins: in the bath, on the phone, with one earring on. Up to you.
For most of us, applying lipstick requires time, patience, a mirror and a minute to yourself (yep, still waiting for that last one) — particularly the higher maintenance bolder shades. So a long-lasting lippie that can do dinner, drinks, kisses and then some is the holy grail of beauty products. Becca’s ultra-creamy formula claims to last 8 hours (!) and is packed with avocado and olive oils to prevent lips from cracking and drying out over the course of the day.
Charlotte Tilbury’s glamour girl brand has garnered something of a thundering fashion-pack following (it helps having BFF Kate Moss as the face of your perfume). With products boasting names like ‘Pillow Talk’ and ‘The Vintage Vamp’, plus some serious #shelfie-worthy packaging, her lipsticks lend a touch of luxe to the mundane everyday. This matte revolution formula claims to have specialist 3D pigments to create the illusion of a fuller pout. Sounds about time for you to purchase a marabou-trimmed robe and start referring to the bedroom as your boudoir.