Are You Feeling Shady?
Tips to find your statement lipstick shade
Fashion Week has come and gone and there are so many trends for this coming spring. What really stood out (in my opinion), were the various hues of lipstick: vampy, coral, ruby red, blue and even gold! This left me in a spin of colors—which color is truly trending? The trend, ladies, is just being bold. The statement lip is in and it’s making a stronger statement than ever before: just do you. But there’s an underlying question: which statement lip color works for you? Well, all of that depends on the size of your lips. Skinny lips are naturally thin. People that have thin lips should wear bright colors on the spectrum such as nudes, corals, pinks, and reds. People that have fuller lips have a little bit more leniency when it comes to experimenting; they can go for the darker colors along with the bright colors. Unfortunately, there’s a catch—your skin tone. This is the hardest part when it comes to picking lipstick. Your lips, obviously, are rosier than your skin tone. This is very important to keep in mind because undertones play a huge role in determining whether to go for cool or warm colors. The shade of the lipstick will look different when applied to your lips. Some makeup stores, like Sephora, for example, have handheld cameras that zoom in on your lip to determine its undertones to determine which shades would look best. It’s called Color IQ. I’ve used Color IQ and I was matched some bomb looking lipstick shades that I am obsessed with. But you don’t need to go to a store to be told what colors look best. Instead, there are a couple of tests that you can do yourself right at home. According to the style section of about.com , the vein test is the easiest way to determine your undertones (but sometimes it doesn’t always work). If you notice that your veins look blue, you have a cool undertone; if they are green, you have a warm undertone. The rest process is similar when it comes to picking a foundation—it has to mesh nicely with your skin tone. Darker skin tones for example should wear berry pinks, dark nudes and medium plums.
For more advice and tips for picking that perfect statement lipstick, go to http://multiculturalbeauty.about.com/od/Makeup/a/How-To-Pick-The-Right-Lipstick-For-Your-Skin-Tone.htm. Be bold and wear your new lipstick the next night you go out!
By: Nicole Piekarski