February 23rd, 2011
by Seanna · Filed Under: Beauty and Style
Make sure you know what you’re doing before you try and slap on that orange. OY!
With the make up mini-series winding down, we come to lip color. Weirdly it’s one of the very last topics. If you’re like me, you began your relationship with make up at lip color, or at least lip “gloss”, which back then for me meant clear and goopy mint flavored roll-on lip gloss or a jumbo-sized Dr. Pepper flavored lip balm, the latter of which hung on it’s own cord proudly around my neck. I thought I was so cool!
It’s also weird that lip color is towards the end of the list because it’s easily what I own the most of. You too? There are just so many gorgeous colors I end up not being able to choose and buy them all. It’s a good thing because I go through it like crazy.
With all that being true, it’s interesting that it’s the element of make up that I have on the least. I choose the perfect color, put it on, love it and within 30 minutes, I’ve wiped it off. I have an aversion to lip gloss or lip stick on a coffee mug or glass (I’m not sure what that’s about) and I don’t want to ingest it so I wipe it off before I eat. I have three in my handbag and two or three in my car, and lots in my make up kit, and hundreds in my make up drawer, but I put it on, and then … take it off. I never do that with foundation or eyebrow color, but it’s exactly what happens with lip color. Go figure.
I started out wanting to say something about lip gloss and flavors but then I just got distracted by the candy bar. Sorry about that. Will have to come back to this when I get over the candy bar.
Lipstick, Lip Gloss or Both?
Lipstick is available in millions of colors and several formulas (matte, sheer, creamy, etc.) and in stick or pencil form. Lip gloss also comes in millions of colors and a variety of delivery methods. Before I stopped working to stay at home with my children I was a lipstick girl. I’m not sure what changed, (besides my whole life) but I don’t remember glosses being all that awesome back then. They’re better now and easy easy to wear alone or with lipstick; I almost wear glosses now exclusively. They don’t last near as long as lipstick, but that’s just perfect for me (see above).
Lip liners usually come in a pencil form. When I was into lipstick, I was a lip liner girl too. I liked mine to match closely to whatever lipstick I was wearing. In fact, when I purchased a lip stick, I usually bought the matching liner. Although lip liner is not necessary, I still like liner with lipstick as it gives it all a little more polish, especially with a creamy or sheer formula, which liner helps keep from smearing. Coloring in the lips all the way with the pencil helps any lip stick color last a little longer. Try liner with just a gloss for a change too. If you’re going to use lip liner, resist the temptation to line way outside of your natural lip line or create a different shape. Although it should make them look bigger or better, sadly it doesn’t.
Choosing a Color
Like eye make up color, some shades are better on faces with this or that color skin or hair, but like eye make up colors, it comes down to preference. In general though, there are some tried and true guidelines that are worth trying out to see if they fit.
The color of your lips when gently bitten or the color of your healthy gums is probably your best, most flattering lip color. Look for colors in this general family for an easy go-to color.
The older you are, the better you look in paler, natural and more subtle colors. The smaller your lips are, the better they look in lighter, paler and subtler colors too. Brights work well on small lip and mature faces, but in general, avoid dark colors.
Pale nude colors look very pretty with a touch of shine. I’m not a fan of matte nudes.
Beware very pale. Nude is one thing, white is another entirely. I’m all for a pale, nude lip, especially with a strong eye, but there are some lipsticks that look like concealer. Be careful!
Think about the rest of your make up when choosing lip color and attempt to coordinate a touch (not match) your blush and lip color. For example, if you’re wearing peachy colored blush, choose a coral, peach, orange, beige, tan, or nude color for your lips – not hot pink or rose.
Subtle lips look gorgeous with a strong, heavily made up eye. For example, dark smoky eyes and nude lips let the focus be on gorgeous eyes. A strongly colored mouth works well with eyes that are less made up. For example, the classic red lips are perfect with eyes lined simply in black liner and mascara, letting all attention be in the mouth.
Ok, that’s all for lip color. Got anything to add? A favorite (I could never whittle it down to a few favorites so I didn’t mention any brands, sorry)?
Next week, brushes. Yay!