Choosing and selecting the perfect lipstick is something that’s as important as wearing the right clothes. Your lipstick acts as a complement to your clothes and and your otherall dress code or theme for a particular occasion.
However, a lot of women have a little difficulty with picking the right lipstick that will fit them seamlessly. This is why we’ve come up with a list of tips that can help you make your choice faster and come out looking nothing but fabulous.
Understand Your Skin Undertone
Ok, first things first. Every person has a skin undertone that is either cool, neutral or warm.
Cool: Hints of bluish, pink, or a ruddy complexion.
Warm: Skin skews yellow, sallow, peachy, or golden.
Neutral: Has no obvious overtones of pink or sallow skin, but rather the skin’s natural color is more evident.
How to Determine Your Skin’s Undertone
There are several ways to determine your skin’s undertone. Start by looking at the inside part of your arm, where the underlying color shows through fairly well. This area is naturally hidden from the sun and, therefore, is not sun damaged or discolored, which is why skin in this area works best to reveal how warm, cool, or neutral your skin really is.
Answering the following question is also helpful:
Do you look better in silver or gold? Personal preferences aside, cool undertones tend to be flattered by silver/platinum; those with warm undertones look better in gold-toned jewelry. Neutral skin tones look equally great in both (lucky you!).
The quickest way to know your skin undertone is to take a look at the veins on your wrist. If your veins are blue, you’ve got a cool undertone. However, if your veins look green, your undertone is warm. In some rare cases, you can find veins of both blue and green color combos. If this applies to you, it means you have a neutral skin undertone.
Knowing and having a perfect understanding of your undertone is going to prove highly helpful, especially when you’re trying to figure out the type of lipstick that will look best on you.
Determine the texture or finish of the lipstick you want – Some people prefer moisturising lipsticks while others love them matte which lasts all day, knowing the kind of finish you want will also help you determine the purchase.
Know the Color Shade That Works with Your Undertone as well as your persona – You have to make sure to stick to colors that fit your undertone. If you’ve got a cool undertone, then it’s more advisable to go for warmer and darker colors. However, if you’ve got a warm undertone, you should most probably pick colors with a little blue or purple tone. Some people no matter their undertone decides to go bold or subtle on their lips depending on how they feel at that moment.
Let the Occasion decide – Some occasion call for bold matte lipstick shades like dinners, balls, gala nights, etc, while others call for more neutrals, pale or nude shades, like weddings, formal occasions, professional outings etc
Take a clue from your Makeup – Usually, Makeup gurus will tell you Makeup has its rules, these days, people don’t go by the rules any more. One of the Makeup rules is that when the eyes and face are subtle, then the lips can be bold and vice versa
Think About Size – If you would like your lips to look smaller and cuter, you are free to go for lipsticks with darker shades. However, those with light shades have a way of making your lips look plump.
Quality – If you want to get the best out of lipstick, invest in a quality one which will last longer, have great pigmentation and colour payoff and give you great value for your money.
Read Reviews or Feel Free to Experiment – Hey, let’s face it; finding the perfect lipstick isn’t the easiest at all especially for a really stylish lady or even a professional stylist, considering the many lipsticks that are in the market today. It is important you read reviews of the lipstick you plan to buy to see what others are saying about it, and if you’re still in doubt, you’re free to experiment with whatever type of lipstick you like. Experience is the best teacher, right? Well, what better way to teach yourself about the best lipstick for you than to experiment and experience some for yourself? Although this will make you have to buy a lot of lipstick and try them all, you’ll at least find some recompense in the fact that it’s a worthwhile investment. If you’re wary of buying so much lipstick, you can go to a nearby store and try some on for free. However, you’ve got to be careful with those ones.
I hope you will be able to put these points in mind as you go out to purchase your favorite lipstick brand.
Now you know how to choose the best lipstick that works for your you, now put on some lipstick and go conquer the world.