My New Red Obsession

08 June 2011

DO: Work red lipstick with sleek hair and natural skin like Hailee Steinfeld

I know it’s summer and we should all be bronzing and getting to grips with our inner beach babe. But despite the Mediterranean weather we’ve been having recently, I’ve fallen back in love with red lipstick. Why? It’s all down to Oscar nominee and star of True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld, who rocked up to the MTV movie awards the other night in a black tux with slick Middleton-esque hair, red pout and matching nails. She might only be 14, but weirdly, her tres chic look has inspired me to look more grown up.

I’ve become obsessed with new ways to style red lips for day since I rarely have an occasion to work a red carpet (or rather never). Here I am in experimental mode: The Parisian way with top knot and stripy T-shirt and my Jessica Alba impersonation - ponytail, giant hoops and casual black top.

Thankfully, there are tons of new red lipsticks launching. Right now I’m into matt, highly pigmented true reds. No hint of orange, no dash of pink, the real McCoy – deep, dense and perfectly applied.

DON'T: Spoil red lips with OTT blush and power eyeshadow like Cheryl

My new favourites are Dior Addict Lipstick in 963 Red Carpet £22 and yet to be launched, but worth the wait, Estee Lauder NEW Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Red Velvet (which I’m wearing in these pictures) £18.50, available from 1st August,  Not new but hard to beat, Tom Ford’s Lip Color in Cherry Lush, £35 is amazing, and Clinique’s new Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry, £13.50,, is great for a sheer look. 

I prefer mine old school, cinematic with nothing but mascara. You might have to reapply every half an hour, but then 5-inch heels are a pain too, and it doesn’t stop me buying them.

- Annabel Jones


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