How to choose a red-hot lip colour for summer

Red lips make a powerful statement.

Red lips make a powerful statement.Credit:Steven Chee

Trend: Red Lips

The power of a statement red lip can never be underestimated. The general rule of thumb for skin tones is to go for blue-based reds if your complexion is fair; orangey reds if you are olive skinned; and apple or berry-based reds for darker complexions. You're spoilt for choice, so be bold!

Road Test

This week I try … a Micro Filler treatment

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge Long-Lasting Hydration Lipstick in Monaco, $68. Dior Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick in Désirable, $58.

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge Long-Lasting Hydration Lipstick in Monaco, $68. Dior Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick in Désirable, $58.Credit:Jennifer Soo

The lowdown Time to dial up the pain factor, so I'm embarking on a serious "beauty booster" treatment. This involves a multi-needled gun that shoots a cocktail of microfiller (including hyaluronic acid gel, amino acids, antioxidants and vitamin B6) into the surface of my skin to boost hydration and increase collagen.

Dr Jonathan Hopkirk starts by applying numbing cream and half an hour later gets to work administering around a thousand facial injections, including under my eyes, which he says are "a bit crêpey" (surely not). Post-treatment, I am told not to wear make-up for 24 hours.

Pain factor Now, I won't lie to you. The threshold started out okay, but I was very relieved when it was over.

Downtime It was 24 hours before the redness and bumpiness in my skin subsided and three more days for the prick bruising to dissipate.

Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in Shock Wave, $46.

Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in Shock Wave, $46.Credit:Jennifer Soo

Results Ten days later, my skin looks plumper and firmer and the crêpeyness has been banished.

Where to get it Melbourne and Sydney: Laser Clinics Australia, laserclinics.com.au. Cost: $650 for full face.

At home

Skinstitut Multi-Active Mist (adorebeauty.com.au, $49).

Add to Cart 

Dr LeWinn's Vitamin Infused Micellar Cleansing Water.

Dr LeWinn’s Vitamin Infused Micellar Cleansing Water.Credit:Jennifer Soo

For lazy facial cleaners like me, micellar waters are a godsend – and Dr LeWinn's Vitamin Infused Micellar Cleansing Water (priceline.com.au, $17), has kicked this category up a notch. It contains suspended vitamin-infused capsules that are absorbed on contact with skin, so it cleanses and hydrates at the same time.

Ask Stephanie

How do I stop my fine hair from frizzing?

Begin by not roughing up your hair cuticles with towel-drying. Try a microfibre cloth like the Aquis Microfibre Hair Turban (mecca.com.au, $44) to squeeze the water out. Then use a lightweight anti-frizz serum such as Living Proof No Frizz Weightless Restyling Spray (mecca.com.au, $55).

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This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale November 18.

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