How To Chose The Right Shade of Lipstick

Choosing the right lipstick is like choosing a great outfit. You want it to be stylish, yet flattering. But to most women, lipstick is a mystery. They can spend an hour in the make up aisle dabbing shades of lipstick on the back of their hand, trying to find their perfect match, often with little success. And if you are lucky enough to have found it, you tend to stick with it, but what if your favorite lipstick quits being manufactured or your local drug store quits carrying it? Well, don’t worry; here are a few fail proof tips for choosing that perfect shade.

1.)   The best lip color for you will be one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. If you buy your lipstick at a department store, you can apply the lipstick to one lip and see how it looks, but if you like to buy your lipstick from a drugstore like Wal-mart or Walgreens, then you should just trust the shade that is shown on the packaging. You can hold the sample of the shade up to your lips in a mirror and see if it’s the right shade.

2.)   If you trust the color on the packaging or if your purchase from the department store was rushed, and you get home and you hate the lipstick you purchased. Don’t just throw it away! You can actually create a great lip color, by mixing different lipsticks together. You can use a lipstick brush to apply a coat of the one you don’t like and then add a coat of a different color that is more accurate. Just blend and mix until you achieve a color that looks great on you.

3.)   What about red? If you are going for a more dramatic look and you want that great red lip that everyone is wearing. You can choose a great red, once again, based on your shin tone. If your skin tone is pinkish, you should choose a cherry colored red. If you have olive toned skin, you should choose a brighter, more vibrant red. And if you skin in darker, than deep reds are the ones for you. Another great tip for wearing red lipstick is to go lighter on the rest of your make-up. If your going to wear a dramatic lipstick, then you should draw the attention to your lips and wear lighter less dramatic eye make up and blushes.

4.)   You should NEVER match your lipstick to your outfit. A great lipstick that is the perfect shade will look great on you, no matter what clothes you have on.

5.)   The size of your lip also matters. If you have larger lips, then muted shades that have tones of brown or purple look best, but if you have been blessed with thinner lips, then you should choose lighter, fresher colors that have tones of pinks or gold.

Every woman’s lipstick needs are different, so you should always look at your skin tone, to help guide you when choosing the right shade. A great tip came from the amazing Bobbi Brown,

“If I had to teach someone just one thing about lip color it would be this: Find a lipstick that looks good on your face when you are wearing absolutely no makeup.” This is a fabulous tip, from a fabulous make-up artist. You should take this advice, and the above great tips with you next time your shopping for that great shade!

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