Choosing a Lipstick Shade Is NOT Rocket Science: How a little research helped me hone in on the perfect, go-to hue
Posted 07/21/10 at 04:54PM by Total Beauty
Put your hands down. Whoops. Sorry. Simon says, "put your hands down."
If you're like me, your hands were way up for both of those queries. I mean, seriously, perusing the rainbow of colors available to "flatter" ones lips and contemplating the one that will work on me makes me think a Valium drip would be nice. And, don't even talk to me about hitting a department store beauty counter for advice -- the last time I did that I walked away more confused -- and $350 poorer.
So, what do I do? Buy a whole bunch of lip products that sit in my drawer and opt to wear Carmex (or if I'm feeling really adventurous, sheer gloss) instead.
The other day, realizing, with some shame, that I'm an otherwise capable, fully grown woman, I vowed to get to the bottom of this color conundrum once and for all and figure out which shades would "do me justice."
To get "Operation Lip Color" underway, I did some research and here's what I found:
Tip 1: You want to look for hues that are a shade or two darker than your natural lips -- if natural is what you're going for.
Tip 2: A good rule of thumb is that pale-skinned women should stick with natural beige tones, nudes, light pinks and corals. Medium skin tones look good in mauve, berry and spicy brown hues, and darker girls should go with plums, oranges and reds. For more hand-holding or if you want a more in-depth color analysis, check out this cool color finder that, in addition to lip color, will show you the best shades of eyeshadow, blush and even hair color for every skin tone.
Empowered by my new knowledge, I couldn't wait to hit my local drugstore and snatch up several berry and spicy caramel shades.
Believe it or not, the experience did not require a sedative. I found two awesome lip glosses for day (CoverGirl Outlast Double Lip Shine in Sleek Suede and Rose Quartz, $9.29) and, for night, a stain that will stay put -- so I won't have to keep applying it over and over again. (I went with CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain in Wild Berry Wink and Cinnamon Smile, $7.99.)
What do you know? I conquered my fear, learned something new and improved my makeup look all in one simple step.
Now, if I could just figure out what color I want my hair to be ...
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