10 tips to pick the perfect lipstick

 

Lipstick is the quintessentially feminine makeup item. Yet, when walking into a store, either online or in real life, you might be overwhelmed – or overtempted – by the number of lipstick types, shades, textures and brands available today. In order to make the choice that is right for you, the first rule is to know what is right for you. Here is how, in 10 easy-to-follow commandments.

1. In great shape

When choosing a lipstick color and texture, first consider your lips’ shape and fullness. In general, matte and darker colors make your lips look thinner, while glossy, lighter, brighter colors make them look bigger. Keep that in mind to decide whether you want to accentuate or minimize your lip shape.

2. The perfect match

Also take in consideration your natural skin tone. It it’s rather fair and cool, then pink, purple or bright red will do wonders – avoid colors that are too pale and will give you a washed-out look. If instead your skin has a yellow or olive hue, ranges of beige, coral, and sandy shades will be ideal. As for warm skin tones, orange, dark red, plum and brown are a perfect fit.

3. A couple of other things

Another detail to keep in mind is your hair color, simply because the lighter it is, the brighter your lip color will feel. The same goes for your teeth: if they have a slightly yellowish cast, blue undertones will brighten them whereas orange ranges will make the problem worse.

4. Look good in nude

Nude colors offer a pleasant palette of easy-to-wear, natural-looking shades, but not all of them will work for you. As a rule, pick a nude lipstick that is no more than a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone.

5. The right bright

If you’re decidedly considering bright colors, your lips’ natural color – not your skin tone – is the determining factor. If your lips are pale, opt for cherry red or coral; if they’re naturally red, go for hot pink or orange; if they’re dark, try a strong red or a burgundy.

 

6. When dark is too dark

Beware of bluish or blackish shades – unless you’re going full on for a gothic look. Such dark colors tend to make you look harsh and, often, older. Besides, it dulls your complexion. Many ranges of burgundy and berry can achieve a warmer effect.

7. Playful textures

Modern lipsticks come with many different finishes, from matte to glossy, creamy or translucent. Which one to use depends on the occasion. Creamy lipsticks give a great definition, are long-lasting and do not require regular touch-ups. They’ll also look great on you if you have full lips, which will look firmer. Matte lipsticks tend to make your lips look thinner and inversely, sheer lipsticks will give them a plumper feel.

8. Good lipsticks don’t bleed

This might seem obvious, but you want to pass on the crazy-old-lady look, where your lipstick relentlessly seeps out of your lips. Most good lipsticks today are designed to avoid this, so if you do not want to have to use a lip liner or a pencil, make sure you pick one that stays in place.

9. Testing is everything

All women have a beauty bag or drawer full of unused lipsticks that looked great on paper but eventually didn’t do the trick. The only way to ensure a shade works for you is to try it, on your lips if you can and on the pads of your fingertips if you cannot (their color is close to your lip color). Testing will show you if both the color and the texture are flattering.

10. Have fun

Beyond all the advices, tips and recommendations, at the end of the day, the only rule that matters is how you feel. If you like a color that theoretically shouldn’t be a good fit for you, go for it. Feeling good about yourself is what will make you rock your lipstick