A QUESTION I’m often asked is “Can I really wear red lipstick?”

And every time the answer is… absolutely! There is a shade for everyone whether it is a soft, rosy bitten-lip look or a vibrant, high intensity screen-siren version.

If you want to take the plunge and try a red as a general rule, if you have blonde hair go for an orangey based red, brunettes suit bluer based reds and redheads look most natural in slightly browny reds.

However, I believe there aren’t any hard and fast rules with makeup and a contrast to your natural colouring can also look strikingly beautiful.

Plus there are some great new sheer lip colour products on the market which make even the brightest colour more wearable.

Apply with your finger, using just the padded bit near the tip to add colour gradually, for an even more natural look.

The great thing about finger application is that there’s always a clean one to wipe away mistakes plus a great tip discovered by grandmothers everywhere is to use what’s left on your finger to dab onto cheeks.

For a more sophisticated yet modern finish, start with a lip liner in a natural rose shade, near to your own lip colour, which gives a perfect frame to fill in with your red lippy. I prefer using a natural liner rather than a red one as it still gives definition without looking as if you should be in a Robert Palmer video!

My advice to you if you’re considering a colour change to red is go for it!

It’s effortlessly elegant, confident and sassy and can completely change your image in five seconds. Add a matching colour to nails and you’ve got a perfectly polished look.



Amanda Bell, make-up artist to the stars