Start With A Colour You Like
“I like to ask clients what they’re initially drawn to when choosing a lipstick shade,” says Chanel. “You want to look at shades you’re genuinely attracted to, not just ones that flatter your complexion. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few colours, choose something that compliments your eyes and cheeks or perhaps something that works with your overall look.” If you are looking for more guidance however, Arif suggests light pinks, peaches, classic brown nudes, bold reds and burgundy shades for fair to light complexions. Those with medium complexions should look to rose and bright pinks, as well as corals and most reds, and if you have darker skin, try deeper reds.
Find The Right Shade
“While anyone can wear a lip colour, the trick is to find the perfect shade for you,” says Arif. “For example, everyone can wear a rose pink as it mimics your natural flush, but fairer skin tones would want a paler hue, while darker skin tones would suit a richer pink from the same colour family.” If this is making your brain boggle, check out our guide to finding your perfect nude lipstick or just add the new-in By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm, £24 in Nudissimo straight into your basket. It’s currently our favourite nude.
Consider The Rest Of Your Makeup
A bright lipstick can feel daunting if you’re used to subtler, sheerer shades, but it’s all about how you wear it. “Bolder lip colours are great for different moods and occasions,” says Chanel. “If you’re new to wearing bright lipsticks, let that be your statement and pare everything else down. Keep your complexion radiant and keep your eyes simple.” That said, Chanel does recommend avoiding cooler tones if you’re not used to a strong lip. “Start with a classic red like Hourglass’ Confession Ultra Slim Refillable Lipstick in Secretly. If you feel confident, you can pull anything off.”
Our Most-Loved Lipsticks
All makeup artists will have their favourites and certainly know the best from the best. Arif swears by Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick as it’s a sheer red that suits all skin tones and never looks too intense. He also loves Nars Lipstick – the perfect dusty pink for a glossy, super-natural finish. Chanel’s go-to is the Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick in My Icon Is.