The weather doesn’t know what to with itself, schools have just started back (meaning even more traffic), and summer’s nearly over…

Getting dressed is a tricky situation with the seasons in total limbo. We need a fashion overhaul and we need one now!

Need an instant pick-me-up? Something to make you feel just that slight bit better about yourself when you look in the mirror?

Adding a bold lip will instantly transform your look. So turn that frown upside down and instantly up the glam appeal with a dramatic pout.


Even Gwyneth Paltrow (possibly one of the world’s dullest celebrities) recognises the vitality of the red-lip, citing it as the perfect distraction if you’re feeling insecure about shadows under the eye or recent break-out. She adds that, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

So in a word – if in doubt, turn to your lippy. We look at the latest high-street offerings and rate the old traditional faithfuls for our top coloured lippies…

As ever, all of our top lipsticks are available in shops across Belfast city-centre and online!

1. Lady At Play, Mineralize Rich Lipstick



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This gorgeous mid-tonal, cool tangerine shade is the perfect alternative to red for those wanting to go bold whilst accessorising with a lingering summer tan and bronzed eye-makeup.

Create gold and coral tones in the rest of your face to create the ideal make-up look to bring you from Summer to Autumn.

This lip truly pops whether you are pale-faced or swarthy – so for a bold but pretty look this is your best look, especially if this is your first venture with a bold lippy.

2. Barry M Lipstick, Sunset


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Proving keeping up with beauty trends doesn’t necessarily mean spending over-the-odds, this amazing bright red lipstick provides some modern Hollywood glamour to your look.

Barry M products have a fantastic reputation, so not only is this lippy a real steal at just under a fiver, but it’s guaranteed to stay put, without all of those pesky bathroom breaks to check your face in the mirror.

3. Barry M Lipstick, Shocking Pink


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Team with messy, effortless curls and winged-eye-liner on the upper lids for a truly show-stopping look. Barry M deserves to be on this list once again for honourable mention – as critics are raving about this lipstick’s staying power. Whilst it’s not recommended, it can even stay on all night if you forget to remover your makeup after a hard night’s partying.

4. Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick, Fuchsia Graffiti 7



This creamy texture, beautifully packaged lipstick is a vibrant ruby pink – perfect for adding high voltage party glamour to a chick all-black ensemble to add a pop of colour and ensure all eyes are on you. This one will leave your lips in great condition too, leaving lips feeling nice and soft.

5. Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick Plum Sensation 20



Go plum for a seriously sultry look. If you’re not sure about experimenting with your look, this fantastic matte lipstick is a steal at just under three quid – less than your bottle of wine (we hope!)

6. GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick Adorable 164



Go for the pretty in pink look with this gorgeous candy-coloured, innocent looking pastel shade – guaranteed to cheer up your day and your overall look.

7. GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick Twilight 171



Truly go all out for the vampy look with this amazing shade, complete with sultry plum and purple tones, sure to turn heads and make you the centre of attention.

8. L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick, Cliche 229



Channel full-scale Hollywood glam with this gorgeous shade of red. L’Oreal have hit the jackpot with this one – by creating a vivid rouge to create the perfect red pout, whilst ensuring it is not ageing in the slightest with its modern day notes of vibrant coral and pillar box undertones. This shade looks beautiful on every hair colour too, and is a real-stopper for those looking a genuinely bold lip to brighten their day and make them the centre of attention.


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