This Valentine’s Day I’m playing a different kind of Cupid. Forget candlelit dinners or blind dates, my only agenda in February is matching you up with your holy grail lip colour. From classic reds to everyday nudes, there are a handful of lip hues that we all need in our lipstick wardrobes. So, I’ve scoured the Escentual beauty cupboards for some of the best-selling shades from the crème de la crème of luxury lipstick on site.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a summer coral or you have a soft spot for berry tones, find your next lipstick love right here…
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The GIVENCHY Le Rouge Perfecto is nothing short of an icon. Loved for its colour-adapting formula, this luxurious balm reacts to the pH of your lips to create a personalised pink shade on every person. The perfect way to customise your look, Le Rouge Perfecto is the ideal ‘your lips but better’ choice, and its nourishing formula and couture leather casing make it the ultimate beauty treat.
Corals aren’t just for summer! And the proof is in the pudding as GUERLAIN’s KISSKISS Lipstick in 344 Sexy Coral is one of our top-selling lip colours all year round. A warm, red-coral, this hue can look orange or pink depending on the light, making it a flattering pick for many different skin tones.
Every woman needs a timeless red lipstick in her collection, and there’s nothing more timeless than DIOR, one of the world’s best-known luxury brands. And, for the ultimate classic elegance, combine “DIOR” with “red” and you’ll find their best-selling shade: Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999. A favourite among celebrities, makeup artists and all beauty lovers, 999 is the power red that instantly perks up every complexion. Not too blue-toned or too warm, 999 is a one-size-fits-all shade, and it’s available in a matte finish too!
Ideal for work, girls’ night and almost any event you can think of, there’s never a time that a nude lip won’t work; that’s why everyone needs one in their lip line up. A favourite among Escentual customers is the Artist Rouge Lipstick in shade L101 Sand, a warm beige-pink that’s super creamy and yes, you guessed it, lightweight. But, MAKE UP FOR EVER understand that nude lip hues are very personal, so they’ve got an array of varying shades in their ‘The Nudes‘ collection for you to choose from.
A pop of pink on the lips can be fun and playful, but also romantic and feminine, so it’s another must-have in any makeup stash. A popular pick is the blue-toned fuchsia hue of they’re Real! Double The Lip in shade Pink Thrills, which is a lip liner and lipstick in one! One of the most foolproof lipsticks in this edit, this innovative product has a teardrop tip that allows you to trace your lip line with ease and precision.
You can’t beat the just-bitten look of a berry lipstick. My favourite choice in autumn, but wearable all year round, a berry hue can be a safety net while you experiment with colour on your lips. One of my personal favourite purple-toned lip colours is the Joli Rouge Lipstick in shade 744 – Soft Plum, it’s a wearable berry that has a cool-toned vampy charm that’s not too dramatic or dark.