How many tubes of lipstick do you own? How many different colors have you tried? Is it possible that you have a lipstick soul mate, one perfect color that should be the only one you use…or is it okay to have an entire collection of color shades for your kisser?
Matte vs. Gloss
Many women use different shades and types of lipstick not just for color variety, but to create different lipstick looks. Before you can choose that perfect lipstick color, you have to answer an important question: matte or gloss?
A matte lip color can be very striking and dramatic, but wearing this all day could make your lips look dry after a few hours. A glossy lip is great for day wear and outdoor events, while a matte lip creates a more finished look for evening and indoor occasions. So doesn’t that mean you need at least two lipstick colors in your arsenal?
Not necessarily. Instead of getting a bunch of different tubes of lipstick to create day and evening looks, focus on finding the right color and then get clear gloss. The gloss can always be applied on top of matte lipstick to create the look you want. This way you can still stick to one go-to color. If you want your gloss to pop even more, choose a clear gloss with a pink or peach undertone to it to add a little more color to your lips.
Keeping a clear gloss handy is a good way to change your look on the fly, and quickly adapt to a new social environment. It’s also a quick and easy way to freshen up your makeup. If you keep a go-to color on you, then you’ll know you’re adding a shade that looks great for you.
Your Perfect Shade
There is a perfect lipstick color for you, with a few varying shades on either side of the wheel. The right lipstick color will complement your skin tone and your hair color, not to mention show your mouth off perfectly. The wrong lip color will clash against your skin tone and possibly make your lips look too thin or too thick (usually, whichever one you dislike most).
Start by looking to your natural lip color. Stay within a few shades of this color, and you’ll definitely find lipstick that works well with your face. Look closely at your skin tone to pick the correct lip color. If your skin has warm, pinkish undertones, you want a lipstick that has blue undertones. Pinks and reds look amazing on pale, pinkish skin. Pale skin can also carry off nude lipstick looks well.
If your skin is more yellow or olive in tone, stick to peaches, purples and browns when looking for lipsticks. These colors will contrast and complement your skin. Darker skin looks great with almost any shade of lipstick, from bright purples to deep reds.
Hair color will change the way your lipstick looks, however, so make sure you’re taking in the total picture. Light hair will make lipstick look even brighter, so you may want to choose a duller shade of the color you like. If you have dark hair, pick a lipstick color that really pops to keep your lips from looking washed out.