For a foolproof party look you can’t go wrong with a statement red lippie, which has turned heads since time immemorial. Whether you’re a Marilyn-style bombshell, or Bette Davis vamp, it’s impossible to sport a killer rouge without a little bit of an attitude. Here are our tips on how to pick your perfect partner.

{Prep is key} If you look after your {lips} during the day, the skin should be plump, smooth and perfectly prepped for colour come the evening (not that red should be confined to night-time). Slough away scales with Nurse Jamie’s {NuLips RX Balm + Brush} - the silicone brush gently buffs dry, chapped lips back to baby-soft best BUT be gentle - the skin on your lips is notoriously fragile.

And to maintain the moisture levels and shield lips from the environmental onslaught, it’s important to ensure you always have an unctuous balm about your person. Tata Harper's beautiful {Be True Lip Treatment} is packed with conditioning and 'volumising' oils to boost lip fullness and define your lip contour.

{Line up} If you’re going for a bold {lipstick}, creating a crisp silhouette with {lip pencil} will stop the colour ‘bleeding’ and make application easy. And, with artful outlining you can augment your lips slightly - just trace along the upper, outer edge to create the illusion of a fuller pout. {Charlotte Tilbury} {Lip Cheat} in 'Pillow Talk' is the bestselling 'your lips but better' nude, or try Huda Beauty's {Lip Contour} which comes in an array of hues to match your chosen lipstick shade.

{Go with your undertone} Those who're warm toned - think Jessica Alba or Kerry Washington - should opt for a bright, chilli-pepper red with orange undertones to complement their colouring. Charlotte Tilbury’s {Hot Lips} lipstick in ‘Tell Laura’ (inspired by model and writer Laura Bailey) is brimming with pigment and light-diffusing pigments for a standout pout.

Or if you’re cool toned - à la Lupita Nyong’o and Anne Hathaway - a flattering blue-hued red like Huda's {Heartbreaker} will look incred. Not sure of your undertone? Our {guide} will help you figure out which camp you're in.

{Choose your texture wisely} Those with thinner lips should first prime with a {lip plumper}, followed by a lipstick with a {gloss} or satin finish to create the illusion of increased volume. Rituel de Filles’s {Forbidden Lipstick} in 'Written in Blood' is the epitome of glam, while Clio's {Stay Shine Lip Syrup} in 'Red in Time' is perfect paired with lamé and chic, slicked-back locks for after-dark. And for vintage queens, a matte red lip is always a winner – try Beauty Bakerie’s {Lip Whip} in 'Cranberry Stiletto' which dries to a budge-proof crimson.

{Mix two tones to plump up thinner lips} Just like black kohl eyeliner can make eyes look smaller, so too a dark, flat lip colour can visibly shrink so your lips look a bit pinched and 'school marm-ish' if you're not naturally blessed with a pillow-esque pair. Our tip? First line with a darker shade (try Lipstick Queen’s {Lip Liner} in 'Red', then add a lighter shade with a cream or a high-shine finish in the centre, such as Surratt Beauty’s {Lip Lustre} in Flamingo Coral.

{Upgrade your standard red with a foil finish} Foil textures are a great way to bring your killer rouge bang up to date. Huda Beauty’s {Liquid Matte Minis} are four fun-sized versions of her wildly successful lip colours, which includes brand new shade 'Showgirls' with aforementioned foil finish, as well as other gorgeous shades to instantly curate a cute wardrobe of gorgeous reds. 

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