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Picking a Lipstick

How to Choose the Perfect Lipstick

Picking that perfect lipstick or lipgloss colour is not as difficult as it is sometimes made out to be. Standing at the cosmetics counter looking over all the fabulous rich, vibrant shades of lipstick can be overwhelming.

According to makeup artist Bobbi Brown, the easiest way to find your perfect shade of lipstick is by trying to find one that is one to two shades darker than your natural lip colour. By applying the lipstick or lipgloss to one lip, you can get a clear indication of which shade is closest.

Try looking at it in natural light or near a window to get the most accurate result.

When choosing a red lipstick, you will need to determine whether or not your skin undertones are pink or blue. By doing this you will simplify your red lipstick shade search, saving you time and money on wasted products. Once you have figured out what your skin undertones are, you will be able to choose either an orange-based red or blue-based red lipstick shade.

All Skin Tones – True primary red. Example: Stop Sign red. Although some argue that true reds still work best on pale skin tones.

Pink undertones – Look best in: Pink tones of red, Berry Reds, Blackberry Reds, Brick Red, Blue tones of Red and plum red tones.

Yellow or Blue undertones – Look best in: Orange-y reds, Warm reds, Tomato reds, Brown based reds, Golden reds and Tawny reds.

The most ideal way of finding the correct shade is by trying them out. A tip to keep in mind when picking that perfect red is, thin lips look brighter and fuller in lighter shades of red. Fuller lips are complimented by slightly darker shades of red.

Women with fairer skin tones look great in shades of nude, pinks, light pinks, shades of apricot and light corals. Fair skin ladies should avoid shades of brown to prevent from looking dull and muted.

Women of medium or olive skin tones can wear colours a few shades darker than fair skinned women. To compliment medium toned women, use shades of rich roses, mauves, shades of berry and burgundy.

Women of dark skin tones look fabulous in deep plums, shades of chocolate, reds, wine red, browns and purple.

When you have found your perfect lipstick or lipgloss shade, buy two, and a lipliner in the same shade. This will save you aggravation and money in the future if something were to happen to your lipstick or the shade was discontinued. I hate when things like that happen. By lining your lips in a lipliner in the same shade as your lipstick colour your lips will look fuller, deeper in colour and last longer.
Another very important tip to keep in mind, is keep your lips well moisturized and hydrated. No matter how fabulous your lipstick may be, it will not look nice with chapped dry, cracked or peeling lips. In fact, applying gloss or lipstick over chapped lips may actually cause them to become more noticeable.