Dreaming of finding that perfect lipstick? A signature pucker to call your own?
Then first things first, you need to start thinking about your skin tone.
Lip colour can be a bold statement and you don’t want your hue of choice to drain or overwhelm your face.
“It’s all about the undertones,” make-up artist and beauty guru Michelle Phan writes on her blog.
“Warm versus cool undertones appear in all skin colours, so your lipsticks should coordinate with them,” she says.
Generally speaking, olive skin looks best in light browns with warm tones, or dark brownish-reds.
Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Créme Lip Colour in Gabrielle is a rich, warm brown-red and NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave is brilliantly bold.
Fair complexions fare well with shades that have a warm pink or peachy glow, or dramatic reds with a bluish tint.
Look out for NYX Matte Lipstick in Pale Pink, Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstacy in 300 Pop or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Summer Rose.
Meanwhile, dark skin is flattered by deep reds with blue or purple tones, or deep reddish-browns.
Nars Lip Colour in Tanganyika is a super-smooth brick red and MAC Lip Colour in Rebel is a richly-pigmented deep red with blue undertones.
If you’re unsure of your skin tone, never fear, make-up legend Bobbi Brown has her own method for finding that perfect signature pucker.
“Every woman should have a neutral lipstick that’s just one notch up from the natural colour of her lips, a shade you can wear any time you want to look polished,” she says.
“Once you’ve found your natural match, you can stay with the same tone, but go brighter, deeper, or play with different textures.”
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