May 2, 2012

Which Color of Lipstick or Lipgloss to Use

When it comes to makeup, one of the most important things to accentuate is your lips. Adding the right shade of lipstick is essential to completing a look and choosing the wrong color can ruin the effect of even the most skilled makeup application. So that you don’t have to make any more lipstick or gloss mistakes, here are some rules of thumb to keep in mind.

General Rules

  • Choose a shade of lipstick that is only one or two shades darker than your actual lip tone. Trust the color on the package; it is correct and will let you know how the lipstick will look.
  • Red is not always too powerful, but it’s best not to match red lips to your outfit. That effect can be overpowering. For a simpler red, try a tinted lip balm or gloss.
  • If you bring home a lipstick, which can be quite pricey, and you don’t like it, don’t get rid of it. Blending and mixing various shades might create a color that really works with your style.
  • Avoid painting beyond your natural lip lines. Doing so gives that unfortunate cartoonish look that everyone should steer directly away from.
  • Using a lip liner that is only slightly darker than the shade of lipstick you have selected will give a more natural look to your lips.

Choosing lipstick according to your skin tone

Fair skin

  • Use light apricot-type shades.

Medium skin

  • Use slightly darker shades, such as mauve or a berry color.

Dark skin

  • Use reds, purples, or chocolate colors of lipstick and gloss.

For the rest of your beauty questions, or to pursue your long-time dream to become a cosmetologist, contact the best beauty school in Arizona and Utah!

-Kassandra Konecny


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