Just in time for Love Day I thought I’d do a little update about lipsticks. Just recently I’ve begun my exploration of bright, tantalizing lips. For years I never did much more than pink lip gloss; lipstick was a serious no-go. But then two summers ago I fell into an Audrey Hepburn rut (if you could call it a rut). All summer I wore black, white and red. Red, red, red.
I Love Red.
I never knew I would love red so much, thank God for that eye-opening summer! Since then I have continued my love affair with the fabulous color red.
Of course, one other thing I realized during that lovely summer was that pale, pink-hued lips just weren’t going to cut it.
Since then I’ve finally put a finger on one of my biggest pet peeves; miss match colors. Red lips with a pink outfit. Coral lips with a pink outfit. Pink lips with a red outfit. The horror! Honestly! I never realized it before that summer, but something just looks so wrong when your lips don’t match the theme of your outfit.
So in honor of Valentine’s Day (and perfect outfits) I thought I’d throw together a little something on love-love-lovely lips.
The newest color that I’ve added to my repertoire is a deep purple; it’s absolutely delicious! I’ve been searching for a color that I liked for awhile and finally settled on this one called Matte Amethyst by Avon -It’s wonderful! It’s very quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Quick Tips for Purple: When I wear this lipstick, I choose berry colors for the rest of my makeup to better incorporate it into my outfit. Typically I wear deep purples on my eyes and Pink Buttercream blush by Laura Geller.
This is an absolute classic. I wear it on those days that I want to pop and really feel like a woman. This is called Matte Viva Glam by Mac makeup (which is my all time FAVORITE makeup). I’ve had this one for years and it’s basically part of the foundation of my entire look; I just L-O-V-E this stuff!
Tips for Red Lips: When I wear red lipstick, especially with this bright of a color, I like to keep my makeup really subtle. Typically I wear Rock’in Rose blush by Covergirl and keeps my eyes really understand. Although I’m wearing a really light smoky eye in this photo, I usually just wear a cream colored eye shadow all over my eyelids and then do a light cat eye look using black eye liner.
Another great way to make a statement is to go with a bright pink lips. I bought Bomb Shell by Mac almost ten years ago for a pageant and it’s been my go-to color of choice ever since. This is basically the opposite of red, but just as bold. Red has that eye-catching flare, while pink screams total girl. I love wearing this lipstick, I feel like it brings out the “bomb-shell” in me….Pun totally intended.
Tips for Pink Lips: I’ve found this is a pretty easy color to pull of with many different looks. I like to wear deep greens shades on my eyes to really make this look pop. I also compliment this lipstick with my Laura Geller blush.
And of course you just have to have a nice nude look. I also just recently found this color and added it to my stash and I am so glad I did! This is a really great versatile color that I can wear with just about anything. Sometimes I just wanted an understated look and this lipstick goes a long ways towards achieving that goal. This color is called Politely Pink by Mac.
Tips for Nude Lips: The best part about a nude lipstick is that you don’t really have to worry too much about what you do with your makeup or what colors you wear. Honestly, this could probably be qualified as my lazy day lipstick, I slap this one on to finish off just about any look.
I took the plundge into coral lips the same summer that I discovered my love of red and red lipstick. Shortly before I found red, I found coral. You could say it was part of what opened my mind to trying new colors. The thing with coral is that you HAVE to match your blush to your lips! Please, please, please don’t make the mistake of rosy pink cheeks and coral lips -ugh! It’s so bad! I actually had the blush before the lipstick in this case. I’ve had Mac’s Fluer Power blush for several years and never totally knew why it looked funny (sometimes) when I wore it. I later came to realize it’s because I was wearing pink lips with a coral blush which threw off the aesthetics of my entire outfit.
Tips for Coral Lips: WEAR A CORAL BLUSH! That is my only tip. Oh, well, and this is a lovely summer color. It’s beautiful with that lovely summer glow and turquoise.
I don’t always go straight to the higher priced makeup counters. Sometimes, if I want to test out a color, I’ll start with a cheaper brand. (Honestly though, it just makes a lot more sense to go to a makeup counter and have them help you pick out a color/try them on, rather than wasting your money on many different shades.) If you go the Walmart route, bring an item along with you that you want to match the color to. When I was searching for a purple color, and the sales associate asked me what color I was looking for I referenced the shade of my hair to help give her an idea of what I wanted. I know that sounds funny, but truly I wanted a deep raspberry or plum like color and I already knew that that particular shade looked good on me, so I knew is I could find something similar I’d been in business. If you bring in a scarf, shirt or some other item that you think is a flattering shade with your complexion your less likely to walk away with a totally horrendous color.
So there you have it ladies; go out and paint your lips many beautiful shades of pink to get ready for a fabulous Valentine’s Day.
Biggest tip for bright lips; match cheeks to your lips!