Makeup: How to choose the best lipstick colour for your skin
With hundreds of lipstick brands, shades, glosses and stains available on most makeup shelves, the choices can sometimes be overwhelming. So how do you choose the right lipstick colour for your skin? Well, keep reading for some great tips.
Check your skin tone in natural light
Never, ever judge your skin colour under household or most store lighting. Try and sit by a large window in a room with lots of natural light and the house light turned off. You might have bought products based on what you saw in the store, whether it is for dark, tan, olive, medium, fair or light tones, but then you sit by the window at home and you find out you are actually a shade or two different than you thought.
Look at your veins
Seriously! As well as your natural skin tones, you need to determine your undertone and whether you are pink or more yellow. The best way to do this is to look at the veins on your wrist. If they are more green than blue, you probably have warm skin undertones that are more yellow. If they are more blue then you probably have a cool skin undertone that is more pink. And if they appear to be neither or both, then you probably have more neutral skin undertones which will allow you to wear any colour.
Note how your skin reacts to time in the sun
Do you normally burn if you spend too long in the sun, or do you tan easily. If you burn every time, you probably have cooler undertones, whereas if you tan easily, you are probably warmer.
Check the makeup shelves for lipstick that go with your undertone
For warmer, yellow undertones, simply look for lipstick in warmer colours to create a good match, such as pale pinks, bronze, and copper will probably all go well. With cooler pink undertones, try those with blue or purple in them. Mocha, ruby and even red will work.
Keep it subtle
Unless you are going for that bold, modelling shot, most makeup works well when it is subtle and blended well, so apply any strong shades to your lower lip only and then press your lips together and smooth out the colour with your finger.
As always, if you have any queries about the right product to use for your skin or hair type, we strongly suggest you seek professional assistance so as to look the very best you can.
And if in doubt, check this out
Yep, someone has finally come out with a colour which, it alleges, looks good on ALL skintones. Check this link for details.
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Christine and Trevor
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Adelaide, South Australia.
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