Don’t be afraid to experiment with strong, saturated colours—they will lift the complexion. Priscilla Yu, makeup stylist at NARS, suggests wearing shades of purple that contrast beautifully with yellow undertones such as Charlotte Audacious by NARS, Color Riche RW513 by L’oréal and Rouge Unlimited in BK099 by Shu Uemura.
Dig out a deep burgundy such as Lipstick Queen’s Possessed Sheer in Bête Noire for a sultry chic finish. For a great all-rounder, look no further than Tom Ford Beauty’s Black Dahlia—a long-lasting cool burgundy with strong red tones. With its semi-matte finish, this little gem will brighten the skin while subtly screaming sophistication.
If you’re daring enough to wear a very dark purple or black lip, it’s important to enhance bone structure and cheek contouring for a dimensional finish, recommends Gabe Ku, senior make-up artist at Shu Uemura. Just be sure to avoid shades of brown, as they can make the skin appear sallow.