What color lipstick should you use?

Makeup icon Bobbi Brown once said if she “had to teach someone just one thing about lip color it would be to find one that looks good when you are wearing absolutely no makeup.”

The point here is that the color should match your skin tones and coloring, more than anything else you put on your face or your body. So how do you find that perfect match?

First off, there are many more colors that suit you than you think but you have to consider tone, texture and finish.  

Whatever the color is, go for one or two shades darker than your natural color and test it on the inside or your wrist as well as your lip to see how it matches your skin.  

Next and probably most importantly, think undertones, says Gaynell Kennedy, senior sales director at Mary Kay Cosmetics. “Reds with pink or blue undertones tend to work best on pale/pink skins,” Kennedy says. “Orange- or yellow-based reds look best on olive skins and purple, mauve and blue tones deliver deep reds that are best for dark skins.”

To finish add a gloss, clear works best on darker colors and opens up the mouth. Too dark and the mouth will appear smaller.


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