Velvet Lip Glide by NARS (HK$240) is different from most other lip glosses in that it doesn’t have a tacky consistency. The formula contains NARS Oil Infusion Complex, which moisturises the lips. Lighter shades can create a washed-out look, so go for darker hues, such as Deviant, a deep burgundy that is exclusive to NARS boutiques.

Shu Uemura’s Tint In Balm (HK$230) has a lightweight texture but is also highly pigmented. The colours have been designed to match Asian skin tones. Our favourite shade is fresh orange (below), a bright and bold colour that instantly makes you look wide awake.

YSL Beauté’s Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream (HK$295) may have a fancy name, but it’s essentially a lip stain that delivers a rich, intense colour. A useful tip is to outline your lips with a liner first as mastering the pointed applicator takes a bit of time and practise.

L’Absolu Rouge by Lancôme (HK$260) has something for everyone, with 48 shades and three finishes – cream, matte and sheen. Our favourites are Caprice, a bold fiery red (above) and Rose Lancôme (below), an original pink developed by the French company.