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Lipstick Finding The Perfect Shade
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Many of us have spent more than we’d like to admit on lipsticks with cute, catchy names that sound promising (berry sexy, anyone?) but instead give us that sickly, yellowish “glow.” If you’ve been making that classic rookie mistake – matching color with color- it’s time to focus on the wonders of the undertone. Shopping sprees will become a little more involved, but ultimately more successful. You might even discover you can in fact pull off those risqué shades beauty rags always warned you “winters” to stay clear of. So, perk up your pout with a vibrant shade that compliments your skin tone, not color.
skin tones
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Once you’ve figured out whether your complexion is “warm” or “cool,” it’s all smooth sailing from there, and if you get it right the first time, you might save a pretty penny or two hundred.
Warm: If your complexion contains any gold, beige, or olive, you probably tan easily, and you’re probably of the warmer persuasion. Look out for lipsticks with hints of brown, copper, yellow, and orange.
Cool: If you’re fair-skinned and/or rosy-cheeked, you may burn up quickly, most likely making you “cool.” Seek lipstick with pinks, reds and blues.
Because your skin/hair combo may defy such generalizations, we recommend you perform a little experiment: smear some pink or icy blue shadow on one eye and burnt orange or copper on the other. If the blues and reds are making you look garish, your complexion is warm, and if the yellows and oranges are washing you out, you’re cool. Still, there are no steadfast rules, (even if you’re cool, reds might highlight rosacea, and blues might emphasize dark circles) so rely on your eye- if you look good, knock ‘em dead with it.
lipstick tones
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Now that you’ve got your own tone down pat, it’s time to learn how to tell if a lipstick is cool or warm. While shading some skin seems like the simplest solution, beauty shops and pharmacies usually bear florescent lights which alter your tone, making it difficult to decipher whether or not “vivacious vixen” would look as fetching under natural lighting. Plus, because of a justified collective germaphobia, most women test lipstick on their hands instead of their puckers. This is not necessarily telling of anything, as our faces tend to be of a different shade than our extremities.
Remember those crafty lipstick titles? They may not be totally untrustworthy: warm colors do tend to be named with earthy connotations in mind, such as brick red, amber and sandalwood, and cool tones are often named after fruits or flowers like raspberry, lavender and rose. That being said, once you’ve plucked plum from the bunch, run it across a sheet of white paper, as this blank background won’t negate from the lipstick’s undertones- it will highlight them.
tips
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Moisturizing your mouth with lip balm is the best advice you can get, because dry, cracked lips will only encourage your lipstick to bleed, and will distract from your natural beauty. As a protective, lubricating base, try Vaseline or a treatment boasting essential oils of lavender, sweet marjoram or tarragon.
Adding a bit of gloss to the center of your bottom lip will attract light, creating the illusion of a plumper pout.
Choose a liner close to your own color and apply before the filler along the outside of your lips (drawing a line inside will make them appear thinner). For a fuller look, apply a liner that’s slightly lighter than your natural shade.
While light pinks and nudes are pretty for everyday use, get juiced up about the opportunity to go bold on your wedding day. Pick out a bright pink, glossy mauve, or a classic, sexy, matte red. Remember that if you’re playing up your lips, you’ll probably want to downplay your eyes. The results will be chic and daring, leaving you in a tizzy of pretty.