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Saturday 1 November 2014

Solange Knowles loves orange lipstick

Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Singers Beyonce Knowles (L) and Solange Knowles attend the Vera Wang Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Solange Knowles says bright lipstick is what "works" for her.

The sibling of Destiny's Child singer Beyoncé Knowles revealed the secrets of her distinctive bold style.

Solange isn't a slave to beauty trends, preferring to go with what she knows suits her best.

"I'd much rather wear lipstick than foundation, eyeshadow or anything else," Solange stated to the UK edition of Marie Claire magazine. "It works for me. I feel like orange is universal. I wear it throughout summer, autumn and winter..."

The star has been signed as the new muse for French label Kenzo. The company's creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon believe Solange, who is a singer, DJ and model, is the perfect face for the brand's new diverse and "cool" direction.

Solange doesn't follow strict style rules herself, although she has favourite designers who she returns to for failsafe wardrobe options.

"[My favourite labels are] Kenzo, Opening Ceremony, Suno, J. Crew, Diane von Furstenberg and Tibi," Solange revealed. "Recently, I've been wearing a lot of denim. I never thought that I'd love denim, and now I can't get enough of it. People always associate me with mixing prints, but actually I love a head-to-toe print, too."

Solange has some hard and fast rules for pulling off all-over pattern. Her top tip for making mismatched prints work is to remember to match the material in your outfit.

''I don't have a formula. I think I've been doing it for so long now that I have a good sense about what works and what doesn't. One tip is to try and be aware of fabrics," the style icon explained. "If I'm wearing silk trousers, I try to keep the top silk. If you're mixing prints, having a uniform texture helps.''

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