Read my lips

Read my lips

Portrait - Claire Andrews

Claire Andrews

Web merchandiser, Beauty

Lipstick first gained popularity in 16th Century England, when Queen Elizabeth wore bright red lipstick made from a blend of beeswax and berries with a stark white face.

Since then red lips have never failed to make a lasting impact, but lipstick colours and textures have come a long way since then. Here are our top picks of the best lipsticks around.

  • TOPSHOP Lip Bullet, Joyride

    Bite the bullet

    Complement a pared-back look with a bolt of colour. The Top Shop Lip Bullet glides on smoothly with a non-drying, highly-pigmented formula, giving you something to pout about.

  • Lipstick Queen Medieval

    Fit for a Queen

    Cult favourite Lipstick Queen’s top selling shade called ‘Medieval’ noticeably enhances your natural lip colour with a silky sheer tint. Packed with vitamin E, your lips will appear fuller with a luxuriously nourished feel. This one suits all
    skin tones!

  • JAPONESQUE® Pro Performance Lipstick, S6

    Lip service

    A wear-anywhere shade is perfect when you want to accentuate your lips but not make a bold statement. This lipstick from Japonesque provides the ultimate lip service - a hydrating, budge-proof formula with a velvety finish.

  • NARS Cinematic Lipstick, Goodbye Emmanuelle

    Blooming lovely

    Channel the petal-stained lip trend and dab a matte pinky shade to the centre of the lips, fading out towards the edges for a romantic, soft-focused look. Nars’ Emmanuelle lipstick offers a versatile shade of pink. For more ideas, watch our
    how-to video.

  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Créme Lipstick, Fever

    Pop art

    Strike the perfect pout, in the ultimate fuchsia shade: Fever. This sumptuous colour is ideal for bold and daring lipstick lovers who want a lustrous, creamy formula that really makes your lips pop!

  • bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick, Lead The Way

    The Lady is a Vamp

    The berry-toned trend is here to stay. Invest in a rich plum or deep crimson coloured lipstick to achieve this wine-stained, vampy look. Try bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie’s Lead the Way whose buttery texture will leave your lips