How to find the perfect lip colour

Over the last year, many of us have found our lipsticks being retired to the back of our stashes. Masks, less social occasions and working from home have meant we’ve fallen out of love with our lippies. But all that is about to change. To celebrate Doll 10’s latest edit, the Speak Your Truth Lip Crayon Collection, we’re bringing you the best of the best when it comes to lip products to help you perfect your pout.

The beiges

Ah, the classic lipstick for everyday. A beige lip is the ultimate go-with-anything accessory, pulling together any outfit from a day dress to athleisurewear with ease. Plus, there’s such a huge variety to pick from. From pale 90’s vibes to deep, rich colours, there really is something to suit every skin tone. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to a beige or natural-looking lip shade, start with something not too far off your natural lip colour, or a shade darker if you want something with a little more oomph.

Our top picks: Doll 10 Lip Crayon in I’m Smart and I’m Beautiful, Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Duo in Soft Peach and Bareminerals Barepro Longwear Lipstick in Spice.

The reds

Nothing says sexy and sassy quite like a red lip. It’s something every woman needs in her arsenal, because it’s like applying instant confidence. When worn with pared-back eye make-up, a bright red lip looks effortlessly cool and bang on-trend. Try a dark, vampy shade with a smoky eye, and you’ve got the ultimate combo for date night. When it comes to red, finding the right undertone is key. If your skin has a naturally cool undertone, then blue-based reds will complement your skin tone beautifully. More warm-toned? Then a fiery orange red will look especially fabulous on you. Undertone somewhere in the middle? Then you can opt for either! Maybe a deep burgundy, or a true scarlet could be your go-to shade.

Our top picks: Doll 10 Lip Crayon in I’m Kind, Benefit Lovetint, and Gale Hayman Lipstick in LA Red.

The pinks

Feeling fun and feminine? It’s got to be pink! From baby pinks to bright fuchsias, this versatile shade can really suit any occasion, whether it’s a day at the office or a girls night out. Plus, a pink on the lips can really help to make your pout look fuller, so you can go as subtle or as dramatic as you want while still reaping the benefits. Neon pinks may be reserved for nights out only, but there’s still a huge spectrum to try out, from pretty rose tones to pink-toned berries. Not sure how to wear a pink? Try applying as you would any other statement lip. Pull back on the eye make-up and leave all the focus on your pout, and a slightly darker lip liner can help battle any fear when it comes to a particularly bright shade.

Our top picks: Our top picks: Doll 10 Lip Crayon in I’m Brave, I’m Confident and I’m Strong, Bareminerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick in Joy and Bodyography Fabric Texture Lipstick in Sateen.

The plums

You know we’re heading into autumn when the plums come out to play. Sultry and dripping in attitude, plums are perfect for pairing with velvet and knitwear for the ultimate seasonal look. It’s a trend that we see year after year, so finding your perfect plum is definitely something to spend your time on. If you’re not one for a super dark wash of colour, don’t worry. The great thing with lip products is the range of formulas. You could go for a high-pigment matte colour that packs a punch, but a soft wash of colour from a lipgloss does the job just as well. Lining your lips before applying will help to keep these dark edges crisp and free from bleeding.

Our top picks: Our top picks: Doll 10 Lip Crayon in I’m Worthy, Tarte Sea Quench Lip Rescue in Berry and Bareminerals Barepro Longwear Lipstick in Blackberry.

Ready to don a lippy again? Head over to our cosmetics departments to discover more fab formulas.