If you think bold, statement lips are restricted to conventional reds, we’ve got news for you! While people fawned over flaming oranges and peppy corals last season (and they’re undeniably flattering on all skin tones), there’s so much more to statement lips. With endless colours to experiment with, take a look at our guide to rocking a bold lip.

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Move to marsala
Marsala is the colour for 2015 and what better way to rock a bold lip than by sporting a deep, plumy-wine shade. If marsala seems too extreme, may we suggest opting for mauves, plums and deep pinks to do the job. Not only do they flatter almost all Indian skin tones, these rich shades of pink make for a fun alternative to the typical pop of fuschia.

BB loves: Lakmé Absolute Sculpt Studio Matte Lipstick in Burgundy Affair and Plum Spell

Don’t be shy
If you think a statement lip is best reserved for a special night out, we beg to differ. Try sporting a matte burnt orange lip or a dusty rose one to work. With your hair in a sleek ponytail and a neutral outfit, a statement lip is the best way to round off your look. But, when it comes to prepping for a party or switching things up for a night out on town, your options are virtually endless. From bright pinks and true reds, to vivid purples, and rich plums – all you have to do is keep your skin tone in mind. Anything that looks glaringly bright is out of the question, as are colours that appear chalky and make you look washed-out.

BB loves: Lakmé Absolute Sculpt Studio MatteLipstick in Tangerine Lush for day wear and Lakmé Absolute Sculpt Studio Matte Lipstick in Pink Glam for a night out

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For maximum impact
Statement lips instantly draw your attention – which is a good and a bad thing. When done right, they look stunning. But ensure that you start off with a clean slate. Chapped, discoloured lips take down the wow factor a couple of notches, so exfoliate your lips before you apply your lipstick and if you suffer from severe pigmentation, a thin layer of foundation usually does the trick to neutralise them and make your lip colour pop.

Centre of attention
Speaking of how a bold lip is the only accessory you need when you’re dressing to impress, make sure that the rest of your makeup doesn’t overshadow your lips. Neutral, toned down eyes and a light handed application of blush are all you need to ensure that your statement lip stays in focus.