How are you all doing? Hope your week’s going fine, so far.
Today I bring you a post that I’ve should’ve written long ago, because it’s something most of us struggle with. How do we pick the perfect lipstick? I know I’ve bought a few that, turns out, don’t flatter me all that much, so they’re just in my lippie bag, waiting for better days to come. Hopefully, after today, none of us will have that problem again!
→ Step #1: determine your skin tone. Examine your skin in natural lighting to determine your complexion: fair, light, medium, tan, deep.
- Fair skin: your skin is very pale or translucent and you burn very easily. You may have freckles and some redness.
- Light skin: your skin is pale. When you are in the sun, you burn and then may possibly tan.
- Medium: you tan easily and generally don’t burn or have sensitive skin.
- Tan: your skin is tan or olive. You rarely burn and look tanned even in the winter.
- Deep: your skin is dark and you never get sunburned. Your hair is possibly black or dark brown.
Then, this is the crucial one: find out your undertone! Look at the colour of the veins on the inside of your wrist. This is a quick way to figure out if you have a warm, neutral, or cool skin tone.
- Blue or purple veins indicate you have a cool skin tone.
- Green veins mean you have a warm skin tone.
If you have difficulty deciding if your veins are blue or green, you likely have a neutral skin tone and can choose colours from both the cool and warm spectrum (people with olive skin usually have neutral undertones).
The best colours for each one:
- If you have fair or light skin, try light pink, coral, peach, nudes, or beige.If you have cool undertones, try a soft mocha and nude. Warm undertones, try pale pinks or a nude with a little peach.
- If you have medium skin, try rose, mauve, or berry shades. Cool undertones: try shades of pink or cranberry. Warm undertones: experiment with copper or bronze.
- If you have tan skin, try to avoid browns and purples and go for colours with an orange undertone. Most other colours will look great. Try coral, or deep pink.
- If you have a deep complexion, try browns or purples like walnut, caramel, plum, or wine. Cool undertones should look for ruby and wine-coloured reds. Warm undertones: try copper or bronze
Choosing the perfect red:
- Fair or light skin should look for dusty, pinkish red or coral. Cool undertones: raspberry. Warm tones: try reds with a blue undertone or coral.
- Tan or medium skin should look for bright red cherry red, or true red with no undertone (if you have a neutral undertone). Warm undertones: orangy-red or tangerine. Cool undertones: wine.
- Deep skin with warm undertones should try blue-based red. Cool: Metallic ruby red or deep wine.
Decide if you want your lips to look smaller or larger. Dark shades will actually make your lips look smaller, while lighter shades can add plumpness.
- Lipstick with a matte finish can also cause lips to look thinner, while glosses and shimmery shades can make them look fuller.
The best advice I can give you is to always try the lipstick (preferably on your lips) before you buy it, but we all know about the dangers of online shopping, how they look so pretty on the pictures but then they get to our house and they’re actually a disappointment!
Hopefully you find this post helpful and you don’t purchase any more lipsticks you end up not liking, from here on out.