Hot lips: statement lipsticks to set summer off with a pop 

After three months of dressing down, it’s time to glam up again, and there’s nothing like a bold, shimmering lip to transform your look – and your mood

Shimmering shades and high-octane pigments and for heady summer nights

7 July 2020

Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Gothique Lipstick, £39 net-a-porter.com

Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Voile

The Gucci Beauty collection of Rouge à Lèvres Voile lipsticks come in a spectrum of bold colours, from golden beige and deep burgundy to eye-popping pink. Each shade is buildable, allowing for a more subtle tint during the day – meaning that a vibrant violet tone is surprisingly wearable. The muse for the collection is silver screen icon and sex symbol Jean Harlow, known for her enviable pout, while lipsticks take their names from vintage films of the 1930s, like the appealing Love Before Breakfast or Three Wise Girls.

Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Voile, £34, net-a-porter.com

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick

With more than 30 years of experience working in the fashion and beauty industry, make-up veteran Pat McGrath knows a thing or two about lip colour. Inspired by the Studio 54 disco era, her creamy, glitzy BlitzTrance Lipsticks create the ultimate high-shine pout. Amplified shades include punchy Fuschia, which mixes bright pink tones with shimmering pearl, and Blitz Gold, for a transfixing, super-sparkly finish. Just once glance at its glamorous, glittery golden vial will put you firmly in the party mood.

Pat McGrath Lab BlitzTrance Lipstick, £35, net-a-porter.com

NARS Lipstick

With names like Orgasm, Dominatrix and Sexual Healing, there is no questioning the transformative and sultry powers of a NARS lipstick. Enriched with nourishing oils, the matte formula glides on like butter for an effortlessly soft, vibrant pout. It also really does stick to your lips, meaning that you don’t need to worry about touch-ups.

NARS lipstick in Immortal Red and Sexual Healing, £22, libertylondon.co.uk

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Diamonds 

Charlotte Tilbury's cult Pillow Talk lipstick is a universally flattering industry hero, which enhances the natural hue of your lips for the perfect nude-pink shade. Meghan Markle, Alexa Chung, Gweneth Paltrow and Amal Clooney all cite it as a covetable tool in their beauty arsenal. The suits-all shade has had a nineties-inspired revamp, injected with iridescent mineral-based glitter pigments - an eco-friendly alternative to glitter - to create a shimmering, sheer pink sparkle. Offering all of the glamour of a lipgloss without any of the stickiness, it can be layered over the original Pillow Talk matte lipstick or worn on its own for a flirty, subtle sheen. 

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Diamonds, £25, net-a-porter.com

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Photography by Gareth Williams