Everything you need to know about Tom Ford lip and nail colour

For Tom Ford there’s no more dramatic accessory than perfect lips – "they’re the focus of the face," he says. So when the infinitely stylish fashion designer turned to creating cosmetics, he gave women a world of exquisitely alluring lipsticks writes Sarah Stacey co-founder of Beauty Bible.com.



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Not only is there a wardrobe of essential shades – from chic neutrals to vivid brights, matte to shimmer, with gorgeous glosses to slick on top (or wear alone) - they are chockfull of natural and hi-tech ingredients to give a luscious creamy texture and dense lustrous colour that won’t bleed. You don’t need a lip brush to apply them perfectly - plus the casings are so gorgeous you practically have to touch up in public.

If lips are one of the first things people notice about us, just think how much our hands are on view. So alongside the galaxy of lippies there’s a stellar range of gloss-and-shine nail lacquers with a special ‘bendable’ coating to keep them colour-true and flake-free.

A self-confessed perfectionist "who lusts for beauty in all things", Tom Ford offers an oh-so-glam and totally wearable collection for every colouring and occasion.

Some like it hot

Team bright lips with crisp white separates - summer’s fashion first – or morph monochrome into something sizzling (whatever the weather). Don't go matchy-matchy with finger and toes: try lips in Flamingo 08, a delectable clear rose pink for all skin tones, with hint-of-pink Toasted Sugar on fingernails, then adorn toes with deep amethyst African Violet.

 Nail Lacquer in Toasted Sugar, £27; Lip Color in Flamingo 08, £38;  Nail Lacquer in African Violet, £27, Tom Ford (available at Fenwick Brent CrossKingston and Newcastle)

Beach beautiful

Complement sun-kissed skin with subtly lustrous lip colour in Sheer, chockfull of nourishing vitamins C and E plus shea butter to lavish dry lips with moisture. In two gorgeous, sell out shades, Skinny Dip (the softest gold-y peach) and Rose Soleil (soft bronze-y rhubarb wine).

Lip Color Sheer in Skinny Dip, £38, Tom Ford (available at Fenwick Brent CrossKingston and Newcastle)

Dare to bare

Nudes look fabulous against tanned skin. This season’s nudes hark back to the 60s: rock the look with come-to-bed lashes and pale, voluptuously inviting lips. Load on Extreme Mascara, then slick lips with the misleadingly named Chastity, an iridescent petal-pink sheer, or Sable Smoke (a tinge of caramel). Top with Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked. (Or just go Naked… there’s nails too, see below).

Lip Color Shine in Chastity 01, £38; Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked, £33; Mascara Extrême in Raven 01, £34, Tom Ford (available at Fenwick Brent CrossKingston and Newcastle)

Nail savvy

Fingernails are short again this season, which is a boon for most women. They look fabulous in on-trend brights such as Crimson Fire or Coral Blame, or go more dramatic with Bordeaux Lust (the names say it all really). But a word of warning: leave plenty of time to do your nails in these colours – one mis-stroke and they’re ruined. So if you’re in a hurry, go with Naked or Toasted Sugar.

Nail Lacquer in Ginger Fire, £27; Nail Lacquer in Coral Blame, £27; Nail Lacquer in Bordeaux Lust, £27, Tom Ford (available at Fenwick Brent CrossKingston and Newcastle

Work the look

For nine to five, choose a perfect soft rosy pink. Indian Rose is the classic - and should be a staple in every woman’s handbag. If you like a lippy with a tinge of caramel, try Sable Smoke – fabulous against white or creamy complexions. For evening glam up with a coat of Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Tawny Pink. Pair with chic neutral Naked on your hands, for the cleanest, freshest nails with a hint of opalescence – it’s super-chic on toes too.

Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Tawny Pink, £33; Nail Lacquer in Naked 01, £27; Lip Color Indian Rose 08, £38, Tom Ford (available at Fenwick Brent CrossKingston and Newcastle

Tom Ford lip and nail colour is now available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Kingston and Newcastle

By Sarah Stacey