Ever lusted after a lip colour that your favourite celebrity has been donning but then wondered if it would look equally as gorgeous on you as it does on them? Or stood for what feels like a lifetime staring at an array of fun and fabulous lipstick shades only to think “where do I start?”
Lipstick has a multitude of benefits! It defines your mouth, intensifies the colour of your eyes and can even make you look slimmer & healthier! Yes really! Plus if you’re feeling tried after a long day you can apply a bold shade for an instant pick-me-up before hitting the town. But…it’s important to know which shade will compliment your individual skin tone. Once you’ve mastered this you’ll save yourself time, energy and disappointment (especially if you, like me have purchased a ‘best seller’ only to find out the colour does you no favours at all)!
Simply follow these tips and your lips will look lip-smackingly gorgeous in next to no time!
- Understand your skin tone
While everyone’s skin is different, every person will either have a yellow or pink undertone. Yellow is warmer, pink is cooler. If you have a yellow undertone stick with warmer lip shades (think corals, peaches, soft pinks) if you have a pink undertone opt for cooler shades with blue tones in them.
- Break it down
Once you’ve established your undertone you can break it down further to skin tone, selecting colours that will suit dark skin to fair skin.
- Olive skin
If you have olive skin you are lucky. You can’t really go wrong when selecting lip colours as pretty much all shades will suit! Most nude, pink, orange, and red shades are going to look good, just make sure you don’t apply a colour with too much yellow in it as this can bring out the yellow in your skin and in turn make you look a little sickly. Your next step is to decipher your outfit and colour match your lippie. For an outfit with warmer colours stick to a warmer, bright lipstick.
- Fair skin
Those with fair skin tend to have pink undertones. Warmer shades are usually best. Just make sure you avoid anything too pale as it can make you look washed out. Try shades of orange, gold, copper and pinks, although you can look really fabulous in warm bold reds too!
- Dark skin
Deep plums, berries and reds will look fantastic on you! Just make sure you avoid anything too light or pale on the lips, deeper shades look more naturally flattering.
All this said, if you love a particular colour, you think you look great and it makes you happy don’t feel pigeon-holed by these guidelines. You should wear what you want with pride!
Next all you need to remember to do is line your lips with a natural lip colour or a shade that’ll match your chosen lipstick. The lip liner will act as a base colour to hold your lipstick in place, prolonging its wear. It’ll also help prevent the lip colour from bleeding or featuring!