The Bold Lip x 3

I'm really enjoying a bold lip this Summer and have been meaning to share these three favourites... when I realised it's National Lipstick Day (5 mins ago, thanks Instagram) I knew it was now or never. If I'm not wearing one of these, it tends to be a very natural sheer wash of colour at the other end of the spectrum - I'll save those for another day.

The three shades I've been reaching for on repeat are:

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Wild Ginger - a red-orange hybrid. I keep changing my mind about whether this is an orange-red or reddish orange and think it leans towards the latter. Once you get past the beautiful packaging and TF embossed bullet, the pigment-packed silky formula is gorgeous and I think every woman should own at least one Tom Ford lipstick. 

Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Hot Berry - the brightest fuschia. I love the creamy matte formula of these giant lip crayons which are so easy to apply. Each one comes with its own sharpener so it's easy to maintain a sharp edge. Wear time is excellent and I don't find them drying so long as I don't wear every day. (If you can't get hold of this, Hot Pink is similar)

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Feels So Grand - a neutral, true red.  I've only tried this colour so can't speak for the other shades, but have to say that for me, this formula knocks all other liquid lipsticks out of the park. Easy to apply, it sets and is pretty transfer proof, without looking or feeling dry, unflattering or as if it might crack - all of which I've experience before, eww. The finish looks velvety and lasting power is excellent. I like this worn in a light layer and patted in for daytime, or in two thin layers for a full-on evening pout. 

Natural Light

From the top: MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Feels So Grand, Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Hot Berry, Tom Ford Wild Ginger.

Direct sunlight
The orange, red and hot pink have me covered for most occasions and the power of a bold lip to bring a tired face to life never ceases to amaze me. I tend to pair them with a softly defined eye and natural looking, even (as possible!) base. 

I'm sure some people think colours like this are a no-no for redheads but I beg to differ, though I've never been one to play by the rules in that sense. You can see me wearing the Bobbi Brown Hot Berry here & here and MAC Feels so Grand here

If you're scared to try a bold lip (and want to), start with budget brands and practice wearing them at home - sometimes it's just a matter of getting used to them on your own face!

What your bright lip of choice?

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