When I think about glamming up, the first thing that comes to my mind is usually lipstick. Lipstick can add color to your lips for a quick fix, and putting on the right shade of lipstick can do wonders to your look.
In contrast, choosing the wrong shade of lipstick can ruin your entire look. That is the reason why choosing a suitable color for you is important.
Nowadays, there are just too many shades, brands, and finishes that some women can easily feel overwhelmed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the choices in front of you, then here are some helpful tips in picking out the perfect shade of lipstick for you:
Determine your undertone first
If you want to find the perfect shade of lipstick, then the first thing you should do is to determine your undertone. Knowing this not only comes handy when picking out the right shade of lipstick but also when picking out other beauty products as well. Now, the majority of women today usually fall into two categories: warm and cool.
For those who aren’t sure about their undertone, you can easily test it out by looking at the veins on your wrist. If your veins appear to be blue, then you have a cool undertone. Experts suggest that people with cool undertone should avoid shades that are way too light and to lean toward pinks, purples, and mauve. If they appear to be green, then you have a warm undertone. Experts say that people with warm undertone will look great in orange, coral, peach, and brown shades.
However, there are also some people who have veins that appear to be both blue and green. These people have a neutral skin tone and can luckily wear almost any shade.
Make sure to check the shade in natural lighting
It is best to remember that the lighting inside the store, lighting at your home, and the lighting outside are all very different. Most experts would recommend that you go and see what the shade looks like in natural lighting. You can try going in front of the store or maybe standing next to a window to check the true color of the shade that you want to buy.
In some cases where there are no windows available, you can easily check it by using the LED light or the flashlight on your smartphone to see the best representation of the shade.
Now, when you are buying your lipstick online, it is pretty tricky to verify the true color of the shade that you want to buy. One thing that you can do is to increase the brightness of your screen to the highest possible level in order to see the best color representation.
Remember that the finish of your lipstick affects your wear
As a general rule, you should settle on lipstick shades that are one or two shades darker than your lip color. Moreover, more color shows when the skin is lighter. That is to say, the shade of the lipstick will look truer and darker on your lips compared to the shade you see in the tube.
Another thing you should remember is that the type of finish – whether it’s glossy, cream, or matte – can actually affect how the shade will look and how long it will actually last on your lips.
If you want to wear something that will last longer, then you should choose a lipstick with cream or matte finish since the glossy types transfer off easily.
At the end of the day, all of these are just guidelines or rules to help you pick out the shade of lipstick that will look good on your lips. The perfect shade is still the one that makes you feel pretty and comfortable at the same time. If you like that shade, then you should go ahead and wear it. Ditch the rules and go with the shade that makes you happy.