How To Choose a Good Lipstick for your Skin
Most of us have a bunch of lipsticks in our beauty bag, some that we wear all the time, some that never get touched. There’s a reason for that. You may have fallen in love with a lipstick in the store or on Beyonce’s face, but when you put it on yourself? It just doesn’t work.
With its endless palette of lipsticks, glosses, and stains, the makeup counter can be pretty overwhelming. This article will teach you how to choose the right lip color to match your skin tone, outfit, and the occasion.
Examine your skin in natural lighting to determine your complexion:
fair, light, medium, tan, deep. Concentrate on the skin around your jaw line.
- Fair skin: your skin is very pale or translucent and you burn very easily. You may have freckles and some redness.
- Light skin: your skin is pale. When you are in the sun, you burn and then may possibly tan.
- Medium: you tan easily and generally don’t burn or have sensitive skin.
- Tan: your skin is tan or olive. You rarely burn and look tanned even in the winter.
- Deep: your skin is dark and you never get sunburned. Your hair is possibly black or dark brown.
Look at the color of the veins on the inside of your wrist:
This is a quick way to figure out if you have a warm, neutral, or cool skin tone.
- Blue or purple veins indicate you have a cool skin tone.
- Green veins mean you have a warm skin tone.
- If you have difficulty deciding if your veins are blue or green, you likely have a neutral skin tone and can choose colors from both the cool and warm spectrum. People with olive skin usually have neutral undertones.
Notice how your skin reacts to the sun:
do you tan or burn easily?
- Skin that tans easily has more melanin indicates a warm skin tone. Most women of African, Caribbean, and Indian descent fall into this category.
- If you burn before you tan , then your skin has less melanin and you have a blue skin tone. If you have deep ebony skin, you may actually fall into this category.
Find a color that is one to two shades deeper than your natural lip color:
- To test how close the shade is to your natural color, apply the lipstick only to your lower lip. Compare that shade to the your upper lip. If the shades are drastically different, you need to keep looking.
Decide if you want your lips to look smaller or larger:
Dark shades will actually make your lips look smaller, while lighter shades can add plumpness.
- Lipstick with a matte finish can also cause lips to look thinner, while glosses and shimmery shades can make them look fuller.
Determine your undertone and complexion:
- Remember that your undertone and complexion will help guide you, but they aren’t the be-all-end-all of choosing a lipstick color. It is important to try on different shades and, ultimately, choose what you feel looks best.
Experiment with shades that experts recommend for your complexion and skin tone:
- If you have fair or light skin, try light pink, coral, peach, nudes, or beige. If you have cool undertones, try a soft mocha and nude. Warm undertones, try pale pinks or a nude with a little peach.
- If you have medium skin, try rose, mauve, or berry shades. Cool undertones: try shades of pink or cranberry. Warm undertones: experiment with copper or bronze.
- If you have tan skin, try to avoid browns and purples and go for colors with an orange undertone. Most other colors will look great. Try coral, or deep pink.
- If you have a deep complexion, try browns or purples like walnut, caramel, plum, or wine.Cool undertones should look for ruby and wine-colored reds. Warm undertones: try copper or bronze.
Keep it subtle:
Unless you’re feeling like making a statement with bold lips , apply strong shades to your lower lip only. Press your lips together, then use your finger to even out the color
Try the lipstick on before you buy it:
Clean the tester with a little alcohol and use a test brush or a cotton swab to apply the color to your lips.
- If you don’t want to apply the tester lipstick to your mouth, test it on the pads of your fingertips. Your fingertips are closer to your lip color than your wrist or the side of your hand.
Remove one lip color completely before trying on the next:
Otherwise, you will be mixing multiple colors together. Ask a sales rep for makeup remover or lotion.
Make sure you are in a well-lit area.
Try on lipstick with little or no other makeup on your face:
Look for a shade that, worn with no other make up, brightens your face and makes other makeup unnecessary.
Ask for help at the makeup counter:
Sometimes it’s hard to objectively judge what looks best on ourselves. A professional at the makeup counter can match you with the right color.
Lip Liner and Your Lips
One thing that a lot of people fail to do is to consider how lip liner might be used to their benefit. It is a great trick for darkening the lips, increasing or decreasing their size, or simply getting the cleanest look possible. It is a great tool for getting your lipstick to remain in place longer, but you need to start with a good base if you want the best results.
That means a few things:
- Exfoliate the lips on a regular basis
- Moisturize the lips at all times
- Determine whether you want or need to accent one lip over the other
Exfoliating ensures your lipstick goes on smoothly and you don’t struggle with flaking or peeling skin. Moisturizing does the same and promises you a kissable mouth even if you go basic with nothing more than a tint or a bit of lip gloss. Even if you opt for a nude lip the use of exfoliating and moisturizing keeps your lips looking and feeling their best.
If you do want to use a lip liner, though, you’ll have to do so based on your goals. Did you want a more natural look? Did you want a very defined look? Here are our tips:
- Choose your lip liner color based on your needs. Go for a neutral, natural color if you just want a cleaner or more natural look to your lipstick. If you want formal looks, choose a liner in a similar hue to the lipstick you’ll wear
- Apply after lipstick for a softer, more natural finish
- Apply before for a very clean and crisp application of lipstick and for longer wearing looks. It can also be a great color base
Just try to always keep in mind that you need to experiment with your looks. As an example, you can opt to downplay your lips and put emphasis on the eyes. If that is your choice, then a more natural or even tonally neutral hue is a good call. You also need to remember that the shape of your lips and the brightness or whiteness of your teeth shouldn’t be ignored. As an example, you might opt for a more neutral lip because you are making a day look and your lips are on the larger side. Yet, when you chose a mocha hued color, it might have emphasized that your teeth are not as white as they can be.
It would be a lie to say that selecting your lipstick is not a bit tricky, but you can use all that you have learned here to begin mastering the art of makeup selection. Starting with the lips can make the rest of it much easier and help you improve and really customize your look!