It's a big winter trend which comes round every year: Goth glam – dark lips and dramatic eyes on an alabaster complexion.

However this vampy look is one I steer clear of.

Not just because I don’t have the pale complexion required, but I also feel that the gothic look is just too harsh for normal wear outside of Halloween.

However, when Collection 2000 sent me two lipsticks from their Gothic Glam range, named Sconed, below left, and Seduction, right, it spurred me on to see if a desi girl could pull it off. Some basic tips about goth glam.

Firstly, it’s all about rocking dark lips, preferably in a matte tone.

Eyes should be dramatic yet simple. A thick slick of jet black liner and lots of mascara should be all you need. Finally, the rest of your makeup should be kept simple, stripped back and matte – a blank canvass, with just some contouring of your cheeks for added drama, not glow.

Collection 2000’s Seduction shade is very wearable. It’s brighter and more pigmented than I’d normally go for, but it wore really well. I’d wear this on a special occasion, keeping the rest of my makeup simple. The look was vibrant, though I’d say more glam and less gothy. I just don’t have the skin tone for the gothic look. But it was a good look nonetheless, and a break from my au natural style. My husband wasn't so keen though, as it was a much deeper colour than he’s used to. Combined with the thickly lined eyes, it was too dramatic for his liking.

This if nothing else, did show that it was a very different look from my usual, so the lipstick does make an impact. And what does he know?! Scorned on the other hand is much too dark. It took vamp to the extreme, and I just don’t think I could pull it off. I’d save this for dressing up.

Also, testimony to Collection 2000’s Gothic Glam lipstick staying power – I went out for a curry – and came back with the lipstick very much intact. So in a nutshell, I loved Seduction , but may save Scorned for Halloween. Collection 2000’s Gothic Glam lipstick is available in Boots, Superdrug and most pharmacies and cost £2.99 each.