How To Pick the Right Shade of Lipstick

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We all have the worst time finding the right lipstick shade for ourselves. It never quite looks on your lips the way it does when you test it out in the store on the back of your hand. But here’s a trick, test the lipstick on your fingertips — that way, you can hold the color next to your face to see how it looks. And even if you don’t have a mirror, your finger is still more like your lips in texture and color than your hand is. Try it!

Remember: The most flattering lip tones will usually be one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. To test shades, apply lipstick or gloss to one lip. If that color is just a shade or two deeper than your bare lip, then you’ve found your shade. (If you don’t like using public testers on your lips just hold it up next to your lips.)

Gwyneth Paltrow said that! The secret to choosing the right red lip color is in the undertones. Pink-skinned girls should opt for cherry red. If you have olive skin you can wear fire-engine red. Dark skin looks great with deep reds. Never just match your lips to your outfit.

Don’t like the lipstick you just bought? Don’t throw out lipsticks that don’t make the cut. You can create a great new lip color by blending the ones you don’t like. For lipstick that’s just a bit too bright, tone down the color with a darker liner before applying it.

How to Use Lip Liner:

To keep lipstick from wearing off fast, fill in your lips with a lip liner. This acts as a color base, so when the lipstick wears off you still have color!

The More Complicated Way to Choose Lip Color:

While picking the right shade is as easy as going a couple shades darker than your natural lip color, women with fair skin, look great  in apricot nudes, pinks and light corals. Just stay away from browns.

Those with a medium skin tone can go a bit darker. You’ll look great in roses, mauves and berries. Skip the bright reds and consider a deep burgundy instead.

Deep plum, chocolate or red is fabulous with dark skin. In fact you can easily go in one of two directions: brown or purple. Think caramel or walnut for the day, and plum or wine in the evening!

How to Choose a Lipstick for Your Skin Tone:

People with yellow or golden skin undertones are warm and those with pink or blue skin undertones fall in the cool category. Though 80% of women fall into the cool category, don’t assume you do. The quickest way to work out if you’re warm or cool is to take a look at the veins in your arms in natural light. If the color looks green then you are warm. If it’s blue then you are cool

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