lipstick application

We know that a well-done lip can elevate your look a great deal. But with so many different brands, shades and types of lipstick available, deciding which one to pick can be overwhelming. You could even be in a beauty shop intending to make a purchase but leave without doing so. Here are some guidelines to ease you through.

Lipstick Shades

You may have seen ladies with garish shades of lipstick that leave them looking like clowns. You fear falling into the same trap. The solution is to find shades that work with your skin tone. To tell your tone, look at where the colour of your veins shows through the skin. If the veins are green, you have a warm undertone while if they are blue, you have a cool undertone. Alternatively, if gold jewellery compliments your skin you have a warm undertone but if silver makes your skin pop, then your undertone is cool. People with neutral undertones look good in both.

Now for the lipstick: if you have warm undertone, go for lipsticks that are more yellow and orange. Skin with cool undertone is complimented well by blue/ purple hue lipstick. For those with neutral undertones, rejoice! Any shade will work for you.

Now that we’ve covered the most important consideration, the rest is a matter of preference. There are a number of lipstick types to suit any taste.

Finishes: Matte, Gloss or Sheer

Gloss lipstick has a shiny appearance, while matte has lusterless finish. Sheer or satin lipsticks give the lips some shine but way less than glossy ones. Matte lipstick lasts the longest, but have no moisture. Therefore you need to moisturise the lips thoroughly prior to application. Matte finish tends to make lips appear thinner. Sheer lipstick is moisturising but doesn’t last long so you need to re-apply during the day. It looks fab under artificial light thus works well for a night out. Gloss finish enhances the dimension of depth- a good choice if you have thin lips.

Liquid or Stick

You are already familiar with the traditional stick version that comes in a tube, and you twist it to apply. Liquid lipstick comes in a tube as well, but the applicator is similar to that of a lip gloss.

Lip Stains

These aren’t really lipsticks but are suitable for beginners. If you are hesitant to jump right into the lipstick world, these are amazing for practice. They give a natural look, are long lasting and most have a matte finish. They are easy to apply so you don’t spend a lot of time on application.

And with these simple tips, you are all set to take on the world with popping lips. Remember, these are guidelines not hard rules. If something works for you outside the guidelines then rock it with confidence.


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