Galaxy Essential Upgrades #2: Accessorising your Lips

Many a morning we stumble out of bed, sleepy dust in our eyes, and fall into the shower in the hope that we’ll emerge looking like a princess. Unfortunately that rarely happens, so we opt for an uber simple outfit just because it’s the first thing to hand. The classic ‘t-shirt and jeans’ combo may be comfortable and easy to wear, but it’s not exactly glam enough for that power meeting or sexy enough for after work drinks. One thing can make the world of difference to how you look, feel and act and that one thing comes in the form of a little tube of lipstick. It’s the classic ‘upgrade’ we all know about, but how many of us actually do it? These celebrities are all rocking a lip-popping colour, from Cameron’s classic red, to Florence’s ‘off the moment’ purple (matching her accessories to her lipstick is a step up!) and Kristin’s slightly more subtle orange. There’s a colour to upgrade every occasion and every mood, even if that mood is ‘I’ve just got out of bed so hand me a coffee.’

Adding a bright lipstick to an otherwise understated outfit can bring it to life. A bright red can make your lips pop and instantly inject an element of glamour; a bold pink can channel your inner girlie girl while making you bang on-trend; a juicy orange can lift an outfit into summer and make it a little more rock n roll. It’s a subtle secret that the celebrities and stylists often use to jazz up a look, or make simple basics red carpet appropriate – the outfits above would be pretty dull without the bold lip shade bringing all the elements together. Denim and lipstick are a matched made in heaven, so we should all dust off those colours hiding at the back of our makeup drawer and be courageous enough to model them.

I have a huge love for lipsticks and how they can totally lift an otherwise simple outfit. It’s also a really lazy trick to use if you don’t have time for makeup – a slick of lipstick makes your pout the focus of attention, so you can afford to not bother with creating a strong eye look or putting on fifteen layers of mascara. These are some of my favourite lip colours and ones I frequently fashion when I want to make a bold statement; you don’t have to spend a fortune on a lipstick either as there are some great affordable products that can help transform your look as much as an expensive one. Jemma Kidd and Gold by Giles both do really affordable bold shades enriched with moisture so they’re easy to wear. YSL offer up their beautifully bold colours in a gold casing fit for a Queen, while Tom Ford brings elegance and detail to a lipstick you’ll treasure down to the very last application.

How do you wear lipstick? Are you bold enough to give it a whirl and upgrade your look?

This post is part of my Galaxy Essential Upgrades campaign. Read all about it in my intro post here or check out the Galaxy Facebook page. Why not check out the awesome ASOS Galaxy Upgrades hub here too.



  1. Hafsa
    June 11, 2012 / 1:02 pm

    Is that YSL's Spellbinding Violet? Absolutely love the shade!

  2. London Beauty Queen
    June 11, 2012 / 8:41 pm

    I believe so! Love the colour, although very daring to wear.

  3. Naffy
    June 11, 2012 / 8:59 pm

    I love lipsticks too and i 100% agree with you about how they can lift an outfit 🙂 xxx

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