Whether you’re into soft, natural pinks and nudes or tend to rock red lips all year round, a bold, bright, and sometimes unusual lip colour can energise your look and break up boring mid-week routines. Plus, it’s an easy way to transition from summer to autumn. Check out our top picks for bold lip colours below.
Tangerine is the shade to sport if you’re looking for a casual pop of colour on the lips. Luckily, Chanel’s newest fall-winter collection delivers exactly this. Inspired by the ephemeral orange hue of the horizon line at sunrise and at sunset, the new Rouge Allure Velvet features two appropriate shades of its decadent matte lipstick: First Light, in a poppy orange-red — and Nightfall, featuring a burned, dusky rouge.
HK$275 from Chanel Beauté, Harvey Nichols, HK-201, 2/F, Beauty Department, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3695 3133
The legendary YSL lipstick gets a limited edition red shade for the fall season (‘Black Red’ or No. 71), perfectly matching its 70s nightclub-inspired ‘Night 54’ set released earlier this month. With a plummy undertone, this lipstick encased in YSL’s sleek gold case is an instant classic.
HK$295 from Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Shop 156, The Beauty Gallery, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2151 9022
If you want your lips pampered in the most luxurious and fiercest of reds, you’ll want to go straight for Louboutin. Christian Louboutin himself once said, “When a woman wears red lips, she is taking control of how others perceive her, and that message is very powerful. It is also a fierce signal to say, ‘Look at my face.’” In honour of Rouge Louboutin’s 20th Anniversary, you can shop from its three finishes in matte, sheer, or silky for three super commanding looks.
HK$800 each; HK$2,400 for Rouge Louboutin Lip Colour Collection (trio) from Christian Louboutin Flagship, 10-12 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 6560
Harking back to vintage glamour, Hourglass’ newest lipstick is ultra-thin and refillable, resembling a sexy golden cigarette-holder from decades past. Being ultra-slim, the shape helps you to define the lips perfectly, while the lipstick formula itself is extremely long-wearing, creamy and moisturising. If you’re searching for bright, summery colours, the two shades I Dream — a pink coral — and I Love — a light, cool pink — are exclusively available at Hong Kong Lane Crawford.
Lipstick HK$320; Refill HK$210 from Hourglass, Lane Crawford, Times Square, 1 Matheson Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2110 0168
Recently launched on 1 August, Givenchy’s newest star product is also the brand’s first ever two-toned lipstick, pairing a darker shade and brighter pop of colour to help you contour your pout. We love the magenta shade in No.02 Violine, which gives an urban, slightly vampy edge suited for day or night.
HK$320 from Givenchy Beauty, Lane Crawford, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2288
If you love the look of a red lip but think a creamy lipstick is too much to bear for the humid weather, Miss Sicily is an apt choice. Its formula is a lightweight, nourishing cross between a gloss and a balm, making for a comfortable, emollient finish but also giving high shine — especially when layered on top of your favourite lipstick. It comes in 16 shades all named after Sicilian women, but the classic red Maria is a sure favourite of ours.
HK$285 from Dolce & Gabbana, Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, 88, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3968 2668
Nars’ fall collection has Bella Hadid channeling Joan Jett for a sultry, rock and roll vibe. Its Powermatte Lip Pigments are the way to go to achieve that sexy, devil-may-care look. These thin liquid lacquers feel like nothing on the skin but pack a ton of pigment. You can go dark without going goth with the Rock With You deep plum and Done It Again in a chocolate brown shade. For the truly daring ones, give the pitch-dark Paint it Black a try.
HK$240 from Nars, Shop 1, G/F, Takshing Building, 20 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, +2918 9886
Gucci’s Alessandro Michele has been deep into a 70s-style disco dance party all season, and now you can look the part with its fall-winter colour collection, too. Four shades are available in the Sensuous Deep-Matte Lipstick, including nude, iconic red, bright violet and a sensuous orchid shade.
HK$300 from Gucci Cosmetics Counter, Shop No. G31B, G/F, Sogo, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2831 8422
If there was one matte liquid lipstick you could live happily ever after with, it’s Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. Now made available to Hong Kong via Sephora, you can pick from a variety of shades, including vampy burgundy, wild coral, zombie-esque grey-blue and neon turquoise, as well as more neutral shades that go beyond the typical nude.
HK$175 from Sephora
While tints are known to be drying, the Dior Addict Lip Tattoo has received a pretty good rep for its smooth finish — it won’t rest in deep lines, plus the colour stays put all day whether you’re after a bold lip or a blotted, bitten look.
HK$245 from Dior Beauty, Shop 1076, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2870 0543