The best lip colours for summer, according to a Hong Kong makeup artist

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As seen on the S/S 2020 runways, it’s time to go bold, bright and fun when it comes to lipstick. This means full pouty lips in sultry reds, ultra-gloss smackers in candy pinks, or a matte mask-resistant finish in shades of wine or watermelon. Cheer yourself up – and anyone you’re eating out with too – with a luscious, well-defined lip.

We asked one of Hong Kong’s in-demand makeup artists, Karen Yiu, who loves to play with colour, to share her top picks and lipstick hues for summer:  

Pouty reds

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“I just love Guerlain’s Rouge G lipstick in Shade 25. It gives a really intense colour but is also moisturising, like a lip balm. I love the carrying cases they come in too, you can change them everyday if you have a few. I have a super glam one with lots of crystal.” The Guerlain Rouge G range is enriched with hyaluronic acid and mango butter offering moisture while making sure your perfect pout stays in place. 

Top picks: Show your fiery nature with these bold reds


Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush
Chanel Rouge Coco Flash #152 Shake

Dewy pinks

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“I like the Japanese brand Three’s Peak Performance Lip Quad in X02 Don’t Stop Moving Limited Edition.This has a shade of pink I like for everyday looks, and both glossy and matte finishes in one palette.”  Three’s Peak Performance Lip Quad consists of four different textures: a treatment base, glossy plumper, matte lip shade and a glow lip shade. 

Top picks: Get glossy with these pretty pinks

Watermelon mattes

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Popstar Cosmetics’ Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Badass comes in a matte formula, which means its smudge proof, works in hot temperatures, and is perfect for mask-wearing since it doesn’t transfer and rub off. I like the intensity of the lipstick shade.” A unique applicator helps in making sure that application of this vegan lipstick is smooth and long-lasting.

Top picks: Make a lasting impression with these matte brights

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Amazing Amal or Carina’s Star

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