When it comes to deciding on a red-carpet make-up look, sometimes it’s best to start with the lips. From sheer gloss to matte colour, there are plenty of options for texture – and the colour varieties are endless. Will you rock a classic red lip or an on-trend nude pout? Will you go bold with a bright fuchsia or vamp it up with an oxblood stain?

Luckily, once you pick one, everything else – from your eyes to your hair – just falls into place. These five shades are guaranteed to up the ante on your red-carpet look. Here’s how to wear them.

1. Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer
If you’ve got a long night ahead, this is your go-to lippie. The 16 moisturising shades all promise to stay put for eight hours - but the classic red Cherry Pop colour is the perfect choice for a truly glamorous red-carpet look. Complement your old-Hollywood lips with a neat chignon, full lashes and a wow-worthy gown for a look to rival any A-lister.

2. Benefit Benetint
This buildable stain is brilliant if you want a lighter, more natural look. A quick sweep will mimic the shade your lips would turn with a touch of sun, whereas a few layers will give them a provocative rosy glow (if you’re feeling brave). It’s ideal if you’re heading straight from daytime to evening soiree as you can easily intensify your colour to suit your mood. It’s also waterproof so it will stay put, even after a glass of bubbly.

Lip service: Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer, Benefit Benetint, Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick, Clarins Prodige Intense Shine and Color Lipgloss and No 7 Sheer Temptation

3. Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick
Ready to take centre stage? Choose this long-wearing lipstick in Coral Fantasy Creme to complement your sun-kissed glow. Wear it with a killer white jumpsuit and white accessories to nail a modern take on nautical chic. Be sure to apply a lip primer to give the colour even more staying power and prevent staining.

4. Clarins Prodige Intense Shine and Color Lipgloss
If you want to give lips a youthful, fuller appearance then opt for this Clarins gloss. It has a patented ingredient to boost your pout and provides mirror-like sheen minus the sticky texture. We love the raspberry shade to match a bright, flirty dress and loose locks.

5. No 7 Sheer Temptation Lipstick 
The natural waxes nourish lips while providing sophisticated sheer coverage: perfect for pared-back evening looks that need a subtle, glossy finish. Opt for a neutral shade such as Dusky Pink for a understated lip look that pairs perfectly with dramatic smokey eyes.

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Written by Hayley Spencer