14/08/2014 12:37 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

This Lipstick Colour Goes Brilliantly With All Black

It's always tempting to reach for the brightest lip or nail shade when wearing all black. LBDs need a pop of colour, don't they?

If your style is all about sophistication, then the answer is no. Need proof? Here's Joan Smalls at an Elle dinner party in New York this week.


The supermodel kept her look super simple in black leather and a bejewelled cropped jacket but it was her lipstick choice (and matching envelope clutch) that got our attention.

Although a classic red colour can make an outfit, this rich plum shade can always be counted on for doing that effortlessly chic thing. Rouge noir is less garish, but it's just as alluring and is definitely more versatile than fuchsia.

Top-to-toe black might be a safe style choice, but it will never be boring when worn with a brilliant berry lipstick.

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