Give Lips the Right Look

By First Posted: Aug 24, 2007 Fri 10:30 AM Updated: Dec 7, 2007 Fri 12:26 AM

Has anybody ever told you that if you do not choose the right lipstick, you might appear as if you are either goint to swallow the person you are talking to, or have just chewed on a part of the person you had just met!

So you need to take as much care to dress up your lips as you do to dress up the rest of you! It can be a struggle to pick out the perfect lipstick that matches your style. Follow these simple rules, and youll soon find one that feels like it was made just for you.

Choose a colour that complements your skin tone and the natural colour of your lips.
Choose medium tones like pinks, peaches and beiges with orange or pink undertones if you have light hair and skin.
Try medium tones with richer colours, like caramel or deep pink, if you have dark hair and light skin.
Try any colour if you have medium skin and hair (though anything will look good, stick to lighter shades to bring out your rich skin).
If you have dark skin, wear plum, wine or deep red lipstick.
Brownish reds, light browns and raisin colors work best for olive skin tones.
Wear lighter shades during the daytime and darker shades when you go out at night. Lipsticks with a matte or cream finish provide for a more refined look during the day. Sheer, natural colors also make for great daytime looks. A glossier lipstick makes best for an enchanting evening visage.
Choose to buy your lipcolour at stores that let you try products before you buy them.
Your lipliner (if you choose to wear) should be a shade darker than your lipstick. Lips should be lined before applying lipstick, not after.
Take your eye makeup into consideration when choosing a shade. Deep or bold shades go best with light eye makeup; conversely, light or natural shades of lipstick best complement heavy eye makeup.


The best shade is the one that still looks great even if youre wearing no other makeup. This is a colour that will always work for you.
If you want just a hint of colour, youll want to opt for a colored lip gloss or lip tint over regular lipstick.
You should test lipstick whenever possible. Just because a shade looks great in the tube, doesnt mean itll look good on you!

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