Staring at a makeup counter, unable to decide which lipstick works best for your lips? Exhausted trying to pick on a new shade, only to discover it makes you look crazy or washed out? We have all wasted tons and tons of lipsticks in an attempt to find one lipstick that genuinely works for you. So, whether you find yourself ready to rock that red lip, keeping it all subtle and neutral, or if you are trying to keep up with the latest trends, we have some tips and tricks that will ensure that you never end up wasting another lipstick. So, let us get started and look at some tips and tricks that help.
Step one – Understand your skin tone
First things first, you need to understand your skin tone. For this, stand for a brief moment in natural sunlight with a hand mirror. While you do this, pay closer attention to the skin, which appears along the jawline. It is the area, which is least affected by sun exposure. So, now try and understand your skin tone.
- Light – You have pale skin, and you tend to sunburn quickly. There may be some freckles on your face.
- Medium – Even though you can easily, you do not burn your skin, despite regular skin exposure.
- Dark– Your skin never or rarely burns with sun exposure. Your skin is dark or tanned throughout the year, even during winter.
Step two – Understand your skin undertone
Whether you are light, medium, or dark, the undertones can be classified into three key categories: warm, cool, and neutral, and each of them has tones within it.
- Cool – Pink, red, or bluish
- Neutral – An amalgam of cool and warm
- Warm – Yellow, peachy, or golden
Want more help in understanding you’re underdone? Take a look at your tan.
When you have a warm undertone
- The deeper skin tends to tan more caramel.
- Medium to light skin tones tends to tan more golden.
- Lighter skin tones tan tends to tan more peach.
When you have neutral undertones
As such, there is no predominant shade.
When you are exposed to the sun, you may tan or burn easily.
When you have cool undertones
- Deeper skin tones tend to tan more reddish.
- Lighter skin tones tend to tan more rosy than golden.
- Lighter to medium skin tones tan more of deep cinnamon.
Step Three – Know the shades that work best for your undertone.
Your undertones directly impact the lip colour you wear, comments Rosy, a fashion blogger and works with TrueBlueFishermen. Your focus must be on similar colours to find a lip shade that best works for you. So, if you have a cool undertone, you will look your best in a cool lipstick shade, such as purple or blue, and even classic reds. On the other hand, if you have a neutral undertone or have an olive complexion, you can pull off both cool and warm colours. If you have a warm undertone, you will look better in warm shades, such as orange or peach-toned lipsticks.
Step 4 – Selecting the finish.
If you want your lipstick to last, you should only go with matte shades, advises Sonya, an expert with MyPlumberschoice. Yes, it goes without saying that matte finish is in vogue these days and lasts a long time. However, another side of the coin is that the glossier finishes make your lips seem larger, and there are still a lot of people who appreciate the glossier texture more than a matte texture. You can try glossy and matte finishes for the best results and see which works best for you.
Step 5 – Understand your lip’s shape
‘It amazes me how my lip’s shape can completely be accentuated or subdued just by the right pick in the lipstick,’ comments Franchesca, who works with RazorHood.
Well, Franchesca, it can make a mountain of a difference when you base your lipstick shade selection on your lip’s shape.
So, if you have top-heavy lips, you should pick a bright lipstick for your lips’ bottom and a slightly darker shade in the same color for the upper lips. On the other hand, if you have bottom-heavy lips, we recommend picking any lip colour that works best for your undertone. However, do not forget to add some light nude tone in the upper lips’ centre. Lastly, if you have asymmetrical lips, you can use a lip pencil in the shade similar to a lipstick colour and outline your lips.
Step 6 – Lips size
‘The lipstick that you choose can make your lips seem bigger or smaller,’ puts forth Jessica, an associate who offers CDR writing services.
True that, Jessica!
So, if you already have thinner lips, you should keep away from flashy and dark lipstick colours. They tend to make your looks seem even thinner. So, you should instead apply creamy or glossy shades. However, if you have plump lips, you must avoid lip shades, which have a glossy and glittery texture.
Step 6 – Hair colour
Many people may not know, but your hair colour also impacts which colour lipstick looks best on you.
So women who have dark hair and light and fair skin should pick plum, cherry, bright pink, and scarlet colours for lipsticks. Next, if you have blond hair and light and fair skin, you should opt for terracotta, ochre, golden beige, and bronze shades. Women with blond hair, and deep and tan skin, should try out the salmon pink, warm pink, caramel, and ochre hues. If you have brown hair and a medium skin tone, the deep dusty pinks, corals, salmon pink, and beige shades will look best on you. Lastly, if you have fair skin and red hair, we recommend trying out burnt sienna, terracotta, corals, and salmon pink for you.
Step 7 – Eye colour
Even the colour of the eye can make one lipstick look gorgeous, while others thoroughly washed out. So, women with brown eyes should go with light pinks, browns, and bright red tones. Women with blue eyes should go with scarlet or cherry colors. You can add all shades in a similar range too to your vanity. The plum and nude lip shades look the best on you if you have grey eyes. Lastly, the pinks and terracotta can be your best pick if you have green eyes.
Step 8 – Teeth colour
Lastly, your teeth colour, too, influences what lip shade looks better on you. So, be careful with that too. If you have white teeth, you have absolutely nothing to worry about, as every lip shade will look gorgeous on you. So, you can make your pick according to skin tone and undertone and rock them. On the other hand, if you have slightly yellow teeth, you should opt for light red, slightly orange, and rose hues. Please keep away from bright scarlet, browns, purples, and red lip shades as they can make your teeth seem more yellow.
So, these are the eight most effective tips that can influence your pick in lip shades. Have more queries or questions? Do let us know in the comment box below.