There's nothing like a swipe of head-turning colour to revitalise your look and put a spring in your step, no matter how uninspiring the weather. Just leave the shimmer and high gloss finishes in the drawer this season. "The modern way of wearing the statement lip is more of a stain, diffused around the edges a little, rather than painted-on colour," says Tony Baumann, head of artistry for Mecca Cosmetica.
Embrace warm tonal hues like raspberry, magenta and fuchsia pink. Colour should be saturated but not shiny: seek out matte and velvet formulations to get the consistency spot on. Scroll for a few of our favourites...
1. Bobbi Brown Art Stick, $44, bobbibrown.com.au
The new Art Stick is a liner/lipstick hybrid, so it glides on effortlessly to deliver a creamy matte finish. The shea butter base fights against flaking and makes for a rich texture.
2. Nars lipstick, $35, mecca.com.au
Opt for the semi-matte version of Nars cult favourite lipstick for a non-drying finish with full-bodied and long-lasting colour.
3. Chantecaille Lip Chic, $45, mecca.com.au
Highly pigmented and not at all sticky, this smooth formula imparts a soft shine and - added bonus - is paraben free.
4. Bobbi Brown Lip Colour, $44, bobbibrown.com.au
With its soft matte finish, Bobbi Brown Lip Colour is one of the originals in the range - and the best. It moisturises and conditions lips almost like a balm, thanks to a blend of beeswax, vitamins E and C.
5. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture, $55, mecca.com.au
A satin-textured lipstick that saturates lips with intense colour, this gold-plated pout perfector comes in a range of showstopping shades.