How to wear statement lip colour

00:54, Mar 27 2013
M.A.C 'Candy Yum-Yum' ($40)
M.A.C 'Candy Yum-Yum' ($40): This vibrant, matte pink is a sell-out favourite from a couple of years ago, which has been re-released due to demand. M.A.C call it 'the lipstick dreams were made of'.
Napoleon DeVine Goddess Lipstick 'Electra' ($42)
Napoleon DeVine Goddess Lipstick 'Electra' ($42): Siobhan Kelly, makeup artist and core creative member for Napoleon Perdis, suggests you look for 'extras' like antioxidant ingredients in your lipstick, to protect your pout.
Smashbox Megatint Longwear 'Cerise' ($45)
Smashbox Megatint Longwear 'Cerise' ($45): This is a rich red with a bright orange base to add warmth. Lori Taylor, Smashbox Global Pro Lead Artist, says this shade is close to perfect true red. "In Megatint's sheer texture the shade is forgiving, so you can use Cerise on any skin tone. It's a universal red."
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No 6 'Pink Devotion' ($65)
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No 6 'Pink Devotion' ($65): This shade has just landed in New Zealand but it has been selling out worldwide. The mango-scented formulation is light on the lips and offers a more transparent wash of colour.

From Marilyn Monroe to Betty Boop, from Angelina Jolie to Scarlet Johansson to our own Kimbra - they all know the power of a statement lip.

Bold lip colour can be your secret weapon, too.  Pinks with punch and sassy reds can be the finishing touch your outfit requires - there is no easier way to transform a look from ordinary to fabulously on-trend.

Due to international production cycles, some of the big brands release what are originally northern hemisphere spring/summer colours in our cooler season.  You may be offered 'summer' lipcolour - say, coral -  to wear with winter garments in navy or the like.  Fortunately, it usually works a treat. You're channelling the zeitgeist, not the weather.