I don’t feel complete without lip color. I don’t sport bold lipstick everyday, but I find that my face looks unpolished and unfinished without a swipe of something on my pout, whether it’s dewy lip gloss, tinted chap stick or neutral lipstick. Here are 5 lip colors that I think every woman should have:
This is a must-have to achieve balance in your make-up looks, particularly for going-out make-up. If you’re wearing a smoky eye, elaborate eyeshadow or lots of eyeliner, you need to wear a nude lip to keep the balance on your face. Nude lips also look youthful and fresh when worn with natural make-up applications, like neutral eyeshadow and subtle swipes of bronzer.
Nothing is as timeless as red lipstick. Swipe some on (carefully, of course) for instant glam and instant vixen. Even if you’re not bold enough to make red lips part of your regular routine, you should keep a perfect red option in your beauty bag — just in case.
Surprisingly, fuchsia lips can be as ladylike as they can be edgy (See both Alexis Bledel and Rhianna in the above photos). This bright lip color instantly perks up your face, and though it’s delightfully feminine, it’s also decidedly fashion-forward. As long as you go for matte varieties and avoid anything frosted, fuchsia lips are fresh and flirty.
I love dark berry lips. With a pared-down face, blackberry lips look fashionable and chic with a bit of edge that even a girly girl can get away with. This is the perfect rich lip hue for winter.
I think mauve-pink lipsticks are the most universally flattering and natural choice. They’re not super trendy shades but rather, they’re colors that you can wear everyday for years.
Tips & Tricks:
To make your lipstick last: First line and fill your lips with lip-liner in a hue that matches your lipstick. Set it with a translucent powder. Then, apply your lipstick straight from the tube. Even out the coverage and application with a lip brush. Blot with a tissue and set with translucent powder. Add a clear gloss if desired.
For bold, rich color: Start with a blank canvas for maximum color by applying concealer or foundation all over your lips. Yes, it will look like you don’t have any lips, as it appears that they disappear into your face, but that’s the point! This is the perfect foundation for bold color. Now, line and fill your lips with a liner that matches your lipstick color, then apply lipstick straight from the tube. Don’t blot! Keep your lipstick handy for touch ups.
For subtle, dewy color: Make sure your lips are moisturized! That’s the key. Then line and fill your lips with a lip-liner in a soft, neutral hue. Apply gloss on top. Easy, breezy.
For fuller-looking lips: Love the look of celebrity’s big lips? Well, guess what: Most of them are cheaters. They either inject or they fake the size with lip-liner. To maximize the size of your pout, line just outside of your lips. Don’t go crazy, but you can certainly get away with lining just past your natural lip line. Then, when applying lip stick, concentrate the color at the center of your lips. Apply normally all over, and then add a few more swipes at the center of your bottom lip and center of your top lip, just at your cupid’s bow. This creates the illusion of bigger lips.