Lipstick comes in a multitude of colors so shopping for one can get a little confusing. The sight of colorful palettes can be so tempting, which often leads to impulsive buying. How many times have you bought a lipstick that ended up unused because you realized too late that it’s not flattering at all? To avoid repeat mistakes, we will help you discover the shades that suit you best.
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Here are 5 tips for getting the right lipstick colors for you:
Lipstick Shades for Different Skin Tones
When it comes to lipsticks, it is very important to know the hues that match your complexion to ensure that your best features will be enhanced. The right lip color can make your face sparkle while the wrong one will flatten your look in an instant.
If you are fair: Nudes, corals, pinks and true reds look amazing on you while burgundy and brown do not flatter you at all.
If you have pink undertones: Stick to shades of pink, coral or orange red and stay far away from blue-based reds and gold lipstick.
If you have olive toned skin, a wide range of lipstick shades match you well just skip the browns and purple reds. The lipstick colors for medium brown skin are earth tones, peachy nudes, coral, deep mauves and berry colors.
If you have a dark complexion: Reds, deep browns and corals are perfect for you while ultra-light shades do not enhance your skin tone.
Test the Lipstick
Avoid buying without trying the product. Never purchase in haste or do not get easily swayed by the trendy lipstick colors you see in fashion magazines because it might not come out exactly the same on you.
How do you test lipstick makeup?
The pads of your fingertips have blue-red undertones which closely match your lips, so it is best to test it on them rather that at the back of your hand. Just swipe the different colors on your fingertips and place each, right next to your lips to see which flatters you the best.
Search for Your Best Nude Lipstick
Barely there makeup is the hottest trend in 2018 so you need to find the nude shade that is meant for you. If you go too pale, you will look lifeless and if you go too dark, your face will appear washed out.
The rule of thumb is look for a nude lip color that’s one shade lighter or darker than your skin tone.
For fair skin, dusky pinks or beiges with a touch of rose will warm up the face instantly.
For olive skin tones, caramel or intense honey will brighten up the sun-kissed complexion perfectly.
And if you are blessed with dark skin, shades with hues of berry or warm toffee will suit you best.
Size of Your Lips Matter
Opt for light to medium shades of your lip color if you have thin lips. If you paint them with bold, deep and matte hues, the thinness of your lips will be emphasized. Darker or richer hues are perfect for fuller lips.
Lipstick for Older Women
As we age our lips naturally becomes thinner with fine lines around the edges. It is best to switch to creamy lipstick as this will give fuller appearance.
The best lipstick colors for thin lips are one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. Deep hues will flatter women with darker complexion while pinks, nudes, corals look great on older women with lighter skin tone.
Best Way to Apply Lipstick
A beautiful lip color goes to waste if it is not used properly. To ensure that you swipe it right, follow these steps when applying lipstick.
- Moisturize your lips with balm and leave it on for 5 minutes or more. You can do the rest of your makeup to allow the balm to be fully absorbed.
- Exfoliate your lips to the lipstick makeup will glide smoothly. In small circles, gently buff your moisturized lips with soft toothbrush.
- Prime your lips with foundation or concealer. This will allow a smoother finish for your lip color.
- Line your lips. Pick a shade that is close to your natural lip color and not your lipstick shade.
- Apply lipstick first on the center of your upper lip then move outward to one corner. Bring it back to the center and swipe it outward to the other corner. Repeat on the bottom lip. To fill in gaps, dab your pinky finger on the lipstick and dot it on to your lips.
- Blot your lips to prevent lipstick from staining your teeth. Fold a facial tissue in half then bring it between your lips, gently press your lips together and release.
- To make the lipstick makeup last longer, place a facial tissue on your lips and then dust loose powder on it. Apply lipstick again.
- Apply lip gloss on the center of your bottom lip then gently smack your lips together. If you are after intense shimmer or shine, swipe your entire bottom lip with gloss and press your lips together.
How to Take Care of your Lips
The skin on your lips is delicate and prone to drying, chapping and cracking. You need to give them an ample dose of TLC to keep them soft and healthy always. Remember, neglected lips will spoil a perfect lip color.
Here are a few tips on how to take care of your lips:
- Drink H2O. Keep your whole body hydrated all the time by drinking 8-9 glasses a day, more during summer. Your lips will dry up and crack when you do not have enough water in your system.
- Skip the Habit of Licking your Lips. We all have the tendency to lick our lips to moisten them. However, saliva dries up the lips so swipe a lip balm instead.
- Sun-proof your Lips. Whether you are heading to the beach, a tennis game or outdoor picnic, make sure that you use a lip balm with SPF. You can also wear a hat to shield your face from the sun for added protection. Please heed our advice or you will end up with unsightly sunburned lips.
- Avoid Chapped Lips. Dry Air, cold weather, exposure to sun and wind, dehydration, nasal allergies and certain medications cause cracked lips.
Turn on the humidifier at night to keep your skin and lips moisturized. Protect your lips from getting wind burned by swiping lip balm that contains Vitamins A & E.
During winter, opt for creamier lipsticks which have moisturizers but if you can’t resist matte make sure to swipe on a lip conditioner.
If your chapped lips keep recurring, visit the dermatologist to see if the underlying cause is an allergic reaction to medicines or beauty products you are using.
- Natural Remedies. Treat your cracked lips with olive oil. Apply two to three times a day until fully healed. Soften your lips with a tea bag. Press a moistened tea bag on your lips for 30-60 seconds.
The polyphenol found teas help repair damaged skin and speed up cell renewal. Do this 3 to 5 times a week for best results.
Another great lip moisturizer for cracked lips is honey. Apply honey on your lips at night and wake up with softer lips.
Perhaps next to a sparkling set of eyes, nothing draws more attention than having juicy and luscious lips. Everyone talks about the deep, red lipstick as the centerpiece of your makeup ensemble, but it may not work for everyone.
Your skin tone, lip shape, and age will influence your choice for the right lipstick color. Whatever the color is, own it! Keep in mind that it’s not the makeup but the person who wears the makeup that matters most.