Lipstick is something akin to foundation in that, once you find the shade that suits perfectly, you become inseparable. And while of course seasonal trends mean regular flirtation with nudes and neons, that lipstick love affair is at its most acute when it comes to an evening look. Classic red aside, it’s dark, dramatic shades such as deep wine that we turn to, but what happens when you want to switch texture to match your attire or even be bold enough to go damson during the day?bete noir lipstick queen

The answer comes in the shape of Bête Noir, a trio of matching colour with contrasting textures, from the ever-clever Lipstick Queen. Founded by Poppy King – a native Australian never seen without a perfectly applied red pout, who has been a lipstick obsessive since childhood – the aptly named Lipstick Queen range has been trailblazing new concepts in lip colour since launching in 2006. From Jean Queen – the perfect match to denim – to Hello Sailor, which looks navy but applies as a berry tint, the shade range, choice of textures and conditioning benefits will satisfy even the most demanding lip connoisseur.

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Bête Noir was created in this innovative spirit, offering a delicious, dark plum tone as three textures – sheer, metallic and intense – in tribute, says Poppy, “to the many sides of our personality”. The finish of Possessed Sheer is semi-lustrous and gives a just-bitten effect; Possessed Metal is velvety and shot through with gold for a lustrous, lip-plumping effect; and Possessed Intense offers a rich, buildable colour that looks as glamorous as it does seductive. So, simply match your texture to your mood and let your lippie channel your inner Louise Brooks.

For more information and to shop the collection, see the Space NK website.