We're always being told there are certain ‘beauty rules’ that you simply can’t break – but is that true?

Writing exclusively for The Powder Room blog, Escentual.com’s Beauty Editor Emma Leslie says it’s time to throw off the shackles with five beauty rules you CAN break. So why not experiment?

Emma says: “Rule No. 1 – you have to match your nail colour with your lips. It sounds sensible but, despite what you’ve been told, it’s not written in any beauty manual. Contrast your colours to your heart’s content.

No. 2 – only use one colour of lippy. Again, this is one of those rules that is there to be broken. Work the ‘ombre’/two-tone trend by applying one all over colour before accenting the middle of the lips with a contrasting shade. I’d favour Daniel Sandler Luxury Lipstick in Impulse with a touch of the Daniel Sandler Super Gloss in Copper in the centre, but feel free to experiment.

No. 3 – nail colour. You don’t need me to tell you this but nail art is one of the hottest trends of the past couple of years. And we’ve all seen the Olympians with their multi-coloured nails. The sky’s the limit with this one.

No. 4 – Mess you hair up. Sleek hair looks and feels great but slightly tousled hair for that boho look is sexy and just-so this autumn. Just ask Sienna Miller or Kate Moss.

No. 5 – Impeccably groomed brows are a must. Not so. Ease up on the tweezering and enjoy some au-naturel. You might be surprised at how good it looks.”

Escentual.com is one of Britain’s biggest retailers of make up, perfumes and grooming products.