Courtesy of Tom Ford

Tom Ford, the fashion-designer-turned-filmmaker, is set to conquer the beauty counter next with his first-ever foray into makeup. The brand-new Private Blend Lip Color Collection boasts a dozen super-rich shades (three of our favorites, at left, are the nearly-nude Vanilla Suede, red Cherry Lush, and the dusty mauve Moroccain Rouge), and is formulated with rare, exotic ingredients like chamomile flower oil, Brazilian murumuru butter and soja seed extract for a smooth feel and flawless finish. These lipsticks definitely qualify as a splurge at $45 a pop, but is that price really too much to pay for a premier pout? We think not. As Ford himself says, “There’s no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip.” All twelve tints are available now at NeimanMarcus.com.

—Lauren Waterman