I've really only started wearing lipstick in the last year or so, but I have to say that changing your lip color can completely change the emotions you portray. The right lipstick can elevate your look from "blah" to "chic" in a minute. Today, I'll be sharing what, I think, are the essential components for building a great lip wardrobe. Lipstick trends, like fashion trends, change with the seasons, but there are some colors that are classics and can be worn at any occasion.
Here are the five lippies you need to build a great collection. Be sure to read to the end for links to all the products.
The "Your Lips, but Better"
As you may have gathered from my last makeup tutorial, I like the natural, "me but better", makeup look. And this is exactly what this lipstick delivers because my lips don't always look nice and slightly pink and smooth; sometimes, they have an off day and that is when I reach for these kinds of lipsticks. The exact color you choose will of course vary depending on your natural lip color and skin tone. The one I am currently loving is Plumful by MAC. I really like the texture of this lipstick because its very buttery and hydrating, while having a great color payoff. It also has a slight mauve tone which has been popularized this year by the 90's comeback and Kylie Jenner. I like to throw this lipstick into my purse so I can add a hint of color whenever I want.
Nude lipsticks are classic and understated. They help to bring emphasis to the eyes. But, you have to be careful and pick the right nude for you because the wrong color can easily look chalky, grey, and generally zombie-like. My personal favorite nude lipstick is from Hourglass. They created a whole range of nude lippies and this color was the one that best suited by complexion. When picking a nude lipstick, i try to aim for a matte formula because the aim is to take attention away from the lips and to the eyes! As for the color, try out nudes that have the same undertones as your skin and lips. My skin is on the golden end of neutral so I would pick a color that is warmer, and my lips are a pink-mauve so I would pick a slightly brown and pink color. Nude lipsticks pair beautifully with smokey eyes, or any dramatic makeup, but they also look great with a minimal look and dewy skin.
Ah, red lipstick. Is there anything more classic than a perfectly painted red lip?
Finding your red lipstick can be a challenge, but a good starting point is figuring out your skin's undertone. Is it warm, cool, or neutral? An easy test is to look at the veins on your wrist: if they are blue or purple you have cool tones, green or olive you have warm tones, and if they are mixed you have neutral tones. Those with warm toned skins should choose a red with coral or pink tones, while those with cool toned skins should a red with blue or purple tones. Of course, a true red will look great on nearly everyone. For a modern twist, I like to wear an orange-red lipstick; it's simply the younger, chicer version of the classic. My current favorite red lippie is from Bite Beauty, it is actually a liquid lipstick that dries to a gorgeous matte finish. I love how bold and unexpected the color is and it draws all the attention to one's lips.
Dark lips have also seen a resurgence recently, and that's probably due to the 90's comeback. Wearing a dark lip instantly changes my mood: it makes me feel vampy, sexy, and mysterious. It gives me a boost of confidence if I'm feeling down because you have to carry a dark lip with confidence (does that even makes sense? I'm gonna go with it). I have a few dark lipsticks in my collection, but my most recent addition, and my favorite, is Black Tie from Dior. A dark lipstick pairs beautifully with a neutral smokey eye or winged liner. A lot of women are afraid of wearing dark lipstick because they think it won't be flattering or they will look scary, but the great thing about makeup is that if you really don't like it you can simply wipe it off. If it is your first time wearing a dark lip, try out either a deep burgundy red, or a deep mauve. From there you can build your way up to darker, bolder lipsticks.
On the opposite end, I think it is also necessary to have a bright lipstick that you love. Wearing a bright lipstick really lifts up my emotions because they remind of spring and summer and warmth and sunshine. I definitely do not enjoy Canadian winters and a bright pop of color on my lips makes me feel like spring is just around the corner (even though its actually a few months away). I love this hot pink lipstick from Bite Beauty. The formula is creamy with a slight sheen and it leaves a lovely stain on the lips once the color has faded. Other bright lipstick options could include coral and orange lipsticks. Or if you are really feeling adventurous you can even try purple and neon shades. Once again, don't be afraid to experiment with new colors and move out of your comfort zone.