I am not “a Spring”. I am not a woman whose light complexion shimmers in the weak sunlight like a faun in a forest glade. I cannot wear pastels. But in this time of blossomy hues, even I want a break from my default tractor-pull of red lippy. I’ve found two in contrasting shades that work for those of us who aren’t so pale and interesting. Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Shine in Rose Petal (£19, clarins.co.uk) sounds floral, but there’s just enough hint of bubblegum to keep it lively. It even has a shine that stays on after you blot, so you get that dewy-mouthed effect, like a real spring beauty. A smidge less refined, Rouge Dior in Vogue (£26.50, dior.com) goes on creamy and delivers a vivid kick of hot pink. It put a bounce in my step, and gleeful thoughts of Pitch Perfect 2 in my head. Fat Amy: there’s a woman you’ll never see in pastels.
Hydra-smooth Lip Colour in Air Kiss £15, benefitcosmetics.co.uk Shiseido Veiled Rouge £19, houseoffraser.co.uk Clinique Wow Pop £16, boots.com Lord Berry Vintage Pink Lipstick Crayon £10, selfridges.com
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