Last week, Camilla Blackett told us, “If you wear bright lipstick, people won’t really notice the rest of your complexion,” thus confirming our Gloffice-wide suspicion: when equipped with a Bold Red Mouth, you can get away with wearing nearly anything—a t-shirt and jeans, a baroque crown , or a bathing suit at the dinner table . That BRM somehow pulls everything together, especially when the finish is velvety-matte, which gives the impression that you might not even be wearing lipstick, but rather that fire-engine red (or rich black-cherry) is your siren-calling, God-given lip color. In our experience (and judging from the above slideshow) non-shiny crimson can go grunge , sophisticated , accidental (i.e., wine-stained) , good , or bad (a.k.a. good)  on women or men of any lip size or shape.
Don’t believe us? Road test Top Shop’s new Velvet Lip in Velveteen Ribbon, a moisturizing, powdery-soft opaque color that will be tattooed on for the rest of the night, or the so-soft-we-can’t-believe-it’s-not-velvet MAC RiRi Woo that will make it through even the most unladylike of meals. Add dimension (really) by combining Nars’ exalted Velvet Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl with the slightly darker Cruella applied at the edges of your lips. With your mouth covered, the rest of your look can be as casual or as fabulous as you please—as if anyone would notice.