We all have our favorite beauty products, ranging from cleansers to lipsticks. If you’re anything like me, you have one or two lipsticks that you use on a daily basis and several tubes of lipsticks that you may never use. What you may not know, is why? You find a color on the shelves that you’re obsessed with or on your favorite model and absolutely have to have it. But when you try it on, it doesn’t look as great as you thought it would. It happens to all of us and doesn’t mean you can’t find the right fit. The most important thing when deciding lip colors is to consider your skin type, textures, and quality. Here are some tips to consider the next time you’re ready for a new lipstick.
I know it’s not what you want to hear, but there are colors that may not be as flattering on you wish they could be. Complexions have so many variations, and it’s important to identify which is yours. Getting to know your undertone is important. As a reference, pink tones look better with silver jewelry and yellow tones look better with gold. After you identify your skin tone, it’s important to know which shades work for you. Olive tones pair best with pinks, reds, and darker hues. Fair skin tones pair best with bold or deep colors. Lastly, dark skin tones look great with purples, plums, and berries. Make sure to test colors against your skin before making an official decision!
If you’ve ever found yourself lost between satin, matte, or gloss, this one is for you. There are so many options to choose from and it can be overwhelming to decide. If you’re a life-long lipstick wearer, you may have already decided what you prefer. However, if you’re just starting to get into wearing lipstick, it’s important to know the differences. Gloss finishes are great for day-time work wear, while bold mattes are better for evening wear or formal events. Always remember, even though bold colors are gorgeous, they do require a lot of maintenance. If you prefer a subtle look, try a neutral gloss or lip balm.
There’s no doubt that designer lipstick is well worth the price. They usually have better wear, last longer, and lock-in moisture. But don’t freak out yet, drugstore lipsticks are great too! There are lots of hidden gems that won’t break the bank, but you may want to ask around and see what your friends prefer. However, buying at a local drugstore allows you to test shades and textures at a lower cost. If a color doesn’t work you’re not spending a bunch of money, which is definitely a plus for any beginner!
After you decide what colors work best for you, it’s important to make sure you know how to properly apply your favorite shades! First things first, chapped lips and lipstick are a big no-no. Prior to starting your beauty routine, exfoliate and moisturize your lips. Then, define your lips with a liner in a shade close to your lipstick. My best advice is to follow your natural lip shape and stay inside the lines. Lastly, make sure to bring your favorite lipstick with you for touch-ups!
Choosing the perfect lipstick can sometimes feel like a challenge, but it’s not impossible. Keep these tips in mind next time you’re searching for your next favorite shade and you’ll be amazed how much easier it is to find something that compliments you perfectly! What are some of your favorite lipstick shades? Leave your comments below!