Glam alternatives to a classic red lip

‘Tis the season for classic reds and bold burgundies to begin popping up in every girl’s holiday makeup arsenal. To stand out from the rest this year, why not experiment with these unconventional bold lip colours?


Tom Ford Lip Contour Duo

Good things come in twos in Tom Ford’s new Lip Contour Duo, which is a lip colour conveniently paired with a smaller shaping liner, in a lighter shade, which helps you achieve sharp precision, as well as dimension when you use both colours to create an ombre effect. Go for the shade #I’llTeachYou, which is a vibrant raspberry magenta.

$420 at


Molly Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick

Hong Kong-based Molly Cosmetics is known for its extensive range of long-lasting matte liquid lipsticks — from its collection of 70 shades, there are quite a few that will definitely turn heads at any party this season. Try the festive ‘Peridot,’ a metallic green or the uber-trendy Rose Gold.

$128 at Miss Baobae


Gucci Sensuous Deep-Matte Lipstick

Encased in a slim black tube and iconic GG band in gold, the newest formula from Gucci features a brand new matte finish, achieving a silky texture while not drying out the lips. The shade ‘Orchid Overdose’ is not new, but in this extremely matte format the deep purple colour gets to really pop.

$300 at Gucci Beauty


Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl

The most secretive and seductive of all of Givenchy’s lippies is the Rouge Interdit Vinyl range that just released this summer. Out of the 12 shades, we’re loving the unorthodox Noir Révélateur, a pitch-black shade that is actually very versatile: Wear it on its own for your own edgy look — it changes depending on the pH of the wearer for your own unique shade — or wear it as a top coat to add a dark, cool dimension to any of your own lipsticks. Infused with black rose oil, it’s incredibly moisturising and vibrant. 

$275 from Givenchy


NARS Velvet Lip Glide

For a semi-matte and super colour-saturated formula, try NARS’ newest Velvet Lip Glide range, which looks and feels like the perfect balance between a gloss and a lipstick. From the 13 shades available, go for ‘Area,’ a rich chestnut brown (pictured), or ‘Toy,’ a gorgeous and edgy aubergine colour.

$240 from Nars