With so many different color lipsticks on the market, you probably find yourself standing in front of the makeup counter scratching your head sometimes. You are not alone. Picking out the perfect lip color can be intimidating, especially when you are planning for a big event. I am here to help you find your perfect shade.
Here are a few quick tips when it comes to lipsticks, then we will go a little more in depth. Hang onto those lip brushes girls, we are going in!
If you have fair or light skin you should look for pinkish red or coral colors, even a pretty raspberry would look nice on you.
If you are tan, medium or olive toned look for bright or cherry red. The more true the red, the better.
For those of you with deep skin colors with warmer undertones you should look for blue-based red.
But wait! There are more than red lip colors out there! There is a whole rainbow of colors. So how do we decide on them?
Let's explore, shall we? Who better to go to for advice than the best, Allure!
According to the 10 Commandments of Lipstick there are 10 rules you should follow when it comes to caring for your lips and choosing the right color.
The first rule is to exfoliate your lips. A simple mixture of sea salt and almond oil made into a paste is all it takes. Once a week rub this mixture on your lips and wipe clean. This will get all of the dead skin off of your lips and leave you with a soft kissable pout.
Avoid over sparkly lipsticks. Shimmer can cheapen the look of a lip color. Instead, opt for creamy finish lipsticks. You want the light reflection of your lips to come from the moisture in the formula, not metallic flecks. Brands like Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick and Clinique Butter Shine are 2 great moisturizing lipstick brand lines.
Find the perfect bright color. If you prefer bright shades, pick one that is based on your natural lip color, not your skin tone. Here is the breakdown:
Pale lips - cherry red or coral (ex: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 01)
Naturally reddish lips - hot pink, orange or cranberry (ex: MAC Lustre Lipstick in Lustering)
Dark lips - brick red or burgundy (ex: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Bold Bordeaux)
Nudes! and I don't mean streakers!
Nude lips are my favorite go to look. I love a soft natural lip. Here are tips on finding one that fits you.
The prettiest nude lipstick should be slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone.
Pale - Look for a color with a hint of pink (ex: Burberry Beauty Lip Cover in Nude Rose)
Yellow, Olive Tone or Dark Skin - Look for sandy beige colors (ex: CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Delish)
Seriously, blue and black-based shades that are too dark can give you a severe look and even age you. They may even be a bit intimidating. By all means, if that is what you are going for, as far as a look, all power to you. But if it isn't, here is a better alternative. Look for lipsticks with berry undertones instead. (ex: Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick in Wild Winterberry, Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Colour in Burgundy Lustre SPF 18)
What about the liner?
Liner isn't a must anymore. Back when I was younger, lipsticks use to bleed. This is why most women and makeup artists used lip liners. Nowadays, lipsticks really don't bleed anymore. If you still like using liner, opt for a color that matches your lip color, not your lipstick. This way you can use it no matter what color lipstick you are wearing. ( Bet I just saved you a ton of money)
Give those pretty lips a soft edge. No need to be too precise. Just give your lips a little slight smudge on the border.
Always start your lipstick application from the middle of your lips. This goes the same if you use a lip brush. And please, don't apply lipstick to the corners or your mouth. It will give your lips a heavy clownish look.
Lighten up that heavy lipstick shade by lightly applying it on your lower lip, pressing your lips together (mwah), and then using your finger to distribute it over your mouth.
And finally Number 10
Blot! Grab those tissues!
Always apply your lipstick, blot it and apply it again. This will create a basecoat, followed by the second coat that will give you the coverage and shine you want.
Pucker Up Beauties! You are ready to face the world!
Source for article: Allure
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