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Time to leave a new shade of lipstick smeared on your lover’s face as you slink out in the morning? (“Don’t you ever blot that?” “Yes sweetie, on you...”) These are lip shades for causing scenes, pouting and leaving reminders on every coffee cup and wineglass you use. You’re a bad girl, but your lips look good.


A little Morticia Addams, a little Rooney Mara, ES editor Anna is a fan of this surprisingly wearable shade. Its moisturising formula combats flaky lips, which can be troublesome with darker shades. Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Black Cherry, £7.49, from Boots and Superdrug nationwide


Give your lips a jewel-coloured wash with this warm amethyst purple lippie. It’s a colour-intense lipstick and it has the added benefit of being the bargain price of £5. Limited Collection Lipstick in Amethyst, £5, Marks & Spencer


Channel Rose, the mild-mannered Catholic girl who gets involved with Pinkie and his bad crew in Graham Greene’s 1938 novel Brighton Rock. This lipstick of the same name is a bright, intense candy pink and we love its in-your-faceness. Topshop Lips in Brighton Rock, £8


Yep, this black lippie looks terrifying but it’s actually a great every-day shade. When applied, it leaves a gorgeously sheer, glittery veil of colour that is more bruised grey than all-out goth. Urban Decay in Oil Slick, £13, Look Fantastic


Choosing a feisty lipstick from Illamasqua is tough. Launched in 2008, it’s inspired by the dramatic make-up of film and theatre. We love the brilliantly named Apocalips, a rich teal colour that looks the business on darker skintones. Illamasqua lipstick in Apocalips, £15.50


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