Coral lipstick is often the choice of ladies who remember the Fifties as their heyday, but it’s seen a surge in popularity in recent times. New formulas and textures alerted us to how easy shades of coral are to wear. Bow to the wisdom of your elders.
Poppy King displays no false modesty in crowning herself Lipstick Queen. Her entire range kicks arse. This semi-sheer shade is full of moisturising ingredients, and provides a nice entry point for those who are nervous about going for the full creamy Tango effect. Lipstick Queen in Jungle Queen, £20, Space NK.
I love the subtle flush of colour you get with a combined lip and cheek product, but YSL have taken it up a level. The formula is lightweight, not gunky, and lets you layer colour until you reach your saturation point. Cool bottle too. YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in Coral Affranchi, £27.
Another one you can take up your face. Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge is a much-loved product, and they’ve recently added a mirror to the compact. This is one of their new shades for this summer; a lovely, juicy tropical colour to perk up wan spring-rain faces. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Hibiscus, £19.
This is a lady-who-lunches shade from Clinique. It’s semi-matt, with decent staying power, and the colour is bright, without being showy. Should be good for several hundred air kisses. It’s currently sold out in the US, so revel in your Euro-ness. Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Runway Coral, £19.