Wednesday 12 May 2010

The Perfect Lipstick Color For You

Have you ever sat in front of your dresser mirror applying
your makeup and redoing your lipstick because you hated the
lipstick color that you got?

Many women find choosing the lipstick color that is just
right for their lips and skin tone a little confusing. It
does not help that there are probably thousands of shades of
lipstick colors out there, which makes the process of
choosing the perfect lipstick color for your lips a little
more complicated than it should be.

However, if you knew how to look, you would be surprised at
how easy finding this perfect lipstick color is.

The Trick to Finding the Perfect Lipstick Color

The trick to finding the perfect lipstick color for your
lips is simply this: get a lipstick color that is a shade or
two darker than the natural color of your lips. It is as
simple as that.

Now, of course you would want to figure out just what kind
of lipstick color would complement the tone of your skin.
As a rule of thumb, if you have fair skin, you should go
with soft pinks and corals to match the pinkish tone of your
skin. Apricot would be a nice lipstick color too if you are

If your skin has olive tones, the lipstick color that would
suit you would be something that has tones of rose or mauve.
If you have dark skin, you should pick lipstick colors with
deep reds, deep browns or chocolate.

The Right Way of Buying a Lipstick

Now that you know what lipstick color you should go for, how
do you determine if the lipstick you are thinking of buying
is the perfect color? The answer to that is that you should
try the lipstick on.

However, never ever apply the sample lipstick directly to
your lips. That is very yucky. You would never know how
long that lipstick has been exposed to dust and dirt and
putting it directly to your lips may cause you to take in
germs into your system. Instead of putting the lipstick
directly to your lips, just swipe it against your finger or
your palm.

There are some stores where it would not be possible for you
to take a swipe of the sample lipstick on your skin because
the sample lipstick is not available.

In that case, what you need to do is to just hold the
product against your face and take a look at yourself at the
mirror. That will help you determine if the lipstick color
is just right for the tone of your skin.

Do Not Stick to Just Lipstick

When you shop for makeup, do not limit yourself to just the
lipstick. Get yourself a few lip liners as well. Lip
liners are very helpful because they trace the natural line
of your lips and prevent the lipstick from bleeding away
from your lips.

Take care to buy lip liners that are a shade lighter than
the lipstick colors you will blend them with. You can also
go for a nude lip liner if you think figuring out what color
of lip liner would match your lipstick color is just too much
work for you.

Another tool that could come handy when you are applying
makeup is a lipstick brush. A lipstick brush is good if you
are the type who wants to put on just a thin layer of
lipstick instead of slathering it across your lips.

A lipstick brush is also more hygienic than dabbing your
fingers on the lipstick and then rubbing it on your lips.
In using a lipstick brush, you minimize the need for kissing
tissue to get rid of excess lipstick on your lips, as well as
to prevent it from getting to your teeth.

Got the Wrong Lipstick Color?

Sometimes, even though you are sure that the color of the
lipstick that you got from the store is the right one for
your skin tone, there are times that when you actually get
to use it, you would find that it is not really the right
shade for you, or you simply do not like the way it looks
against your skin.

Do not despair, though. You can still make use of that
lipstick. You do not have to waste money by throwing it

What you do in this situation is to get your lipstick brush
and blend this unwanted lipstick color with your other
lipsticks. In this way, you would be able to create a shade
of color that would be more to your liking. You get a new
shade of lipstick without buying a new one or throwing one

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