Illamasqua has always taken the line that it makes highly pigmented colours and what you do with them is up to you. This approach reaches its apotheosis in the sketch stick, which is literally a stick for drawing on your skin. It comes in a range of colours, but for summer goth vibes we’re using the black shade, haze (£15).
It’s a given that gooey, dark lipstick will spread all over everything your lips touch. Consider it a way of marking your territory. But keeping the same level of panache is hard when it’s migrated over your face. Meet Lipstick Queen’s genius invisible lipliner (£18), which keeps colour on your mouth.
Julie Hewett’s Lipstick Noir Collection claims to have the perfect red shade for everyone. We alighted on the Sin shade (£19, Cult Beauty), a gorgeous deep aubergine wine shade made for spaced-out flapper girls, seductive vampires and other assorted creatures of the night.
You know who does the best sexy vamp shades in nail polish? It’s Tom Ford, every time. There’s something about his make-up that suggests the kind of sexiness that nice girls just don’t possess. So don’t be the nice girl. Paint on Tom Ford’s Smoke Red (£27, Selfridges) instead and embrace the other side.
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