A Modern Lip
HOW TO GET IT Statement red looks youthful when paired with minimal supporting make-up. ‘A barely there base coupled with soft taupe or neutral, glittery eyeshadow shades is the opposite of the painted-on retro look, which looks dated on mature faces,’ says Caroline Barnes, UK and Ireland Max Factor brand ambassador. New creamy matte textures blend beautifully when patted in with fingers to provide a softer finish. But the best way to wear red is by being confident, says Caroline. ‘Yes, it may take courage to put on, especially if you’re not used to wearing such a bold colour, but red lipstick creates a powerful party look that will instantly lift your mood.’ Our seasonal favourites are: Estée Lauder Pure Colour Desire Rouge Excess Lipstick in Shoutout, £34; Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême in Extrême, £31; and Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet, £28. HOW TO KEEP IT Bolder-coloured lipsticks tend to go the distance – their increased number of pigments gives them more staying power – but it’s worth lining lips first with a clear lip liner to prevent bleeding. If nudes and pinks are more your style, new longer-lasting formulas mean there’s less chance of them fading, but keeping lips in prime condition helps any shade stay put. Used nightly, Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy, £21.50 (John Lewis & Partners), sloughs off dry patches, thanks to a gentle blend of fruit acids. We’ve been applying Kiehl’s Overnight Lip Buttermask For Lips, £22, afterwards for lips that are plump and primed for colour.