“THERE is a shade of red for every woman,” said Audrey Hepburn……. and how right she was.


If you’re a committed red lipstick wearer, you will already know that there are never, NEVER enough new shades of red lipstick to try. It’s a habit that can ultimately lead to addiction so be warned.

Matt or glossy, deep or bright, a bolt of red lipstick can update your look instantly – and everyone has their own opinion on which is the ultimate hue.

Shades such as Chanel’s classic Pirate, MAC’s high-impact Ruby Woo or Tom Ford’s semi matte Scarlet Rouge are much-loved among confident lipstick-wearers, whilst cult favourites such as Lipstick Queen’s semi-sheer Medieval offer a wearable option for those intimidated by the full-on fiery hue.


But whatever your tastes, there will always be something to suit you, from rich blue-based shades to bright orange-toned hues.

First of all, it comes down to picking the right shade for you. The secret is to find one that completely works with your colouring. Which is basically everything, from the undertones of your skin, to your hair and eye colour.

Blue-toned reds look cooler and more retro, whilst poppy orangey reds are warmer and look a little bit more modern. And those dark very berry reds that you covet on the covers of magazines and backstage are totally achievable too – when you know the right products and shades to buy.

If you plan to go bold on your lips, remember to play it down with your eyes to avoid looking too made up. For the ultimate classic cool-girl look you can team your show-stopping new red lipstick with a natural nude eyeshadow and just a hint of mascara. Or for a more vamp look, try slicking on a feline black liquid eye-liner to look like you’ve just stepped out of the 1950s.