Bright lipstick is a game changer. Once you get into the groove of a poppy pout it’s pretty addictive.
Finding the right shades for your skin type is a trial and error process – just like buying jeans you have to put in the work. The myth is that there will be certain colours that won’t suit you- this is not true.
There absolutley is the perfect red, pink and orange for you: it’s all about finding your happy place on each colour wheel.
Don’t leave it too late in life to start wearing red lipstick. Most things it’s never too late for but there will come a day when your lips say ‘No’ to red. I love this colour – it’s a true screen siren gloss with a rich blue base. High maintenance but worth it.
CLICK TO BUY: MAC Lipstick in ‘Russian Red’, $36.
I’m mad about fuchsia. Love it on everything from shoes to flowers. This is the perfect fuchsia for my colouring – extra bright with a blue base.
CLICK TO BUY: MAC Beth Ditto Pro Longwear Lipcreme in ‘Dear Diary’, $40.
Here’s an example of how not all shades in one family will suit you. This pale pink is too opaque in its finish and too light for my hair and skin. I’m probably also a little too old to wear this kind of candy finish as well.
You know my thoughts on orange – it makes you look healthier in seconds, every woman needs at least one tangerine lipstick. The End.
I’m a long time MAC Morange devotee but this new shade is a little punchier and has a slightly sheerer finish.
CLICK TO BUY: MAC Beth Ditto Pro Longwear Lipcreme in ‘Booyah!!!’, $40.
The Bright Lipstick Low-down.
We asked Senior Make-Up Artist from MAC, Nicole Thompson for her best match lip buys for your skin tone. Go nuts.
Electric pops of colour look divine against alabaster skin.
Your colours: Try blue-based cherry reds, violets, coral oranges and candy pinks.
If a neon pout is something you need to warm up to, wear it as a stain first. Simply paint on the colour, blot with a tissue, then blend it into your lips further with your fingertip. Finish off your stain with a lick of a neutral coloured gloss to tone it down even further. The more you wear it the more you will get enjoy it.
Try warm shades like rusty copper oranges, tomato red and peachy pinks to bring out your tan.
If you are choosing a matte texture, make sure to keep your skin luminous to stop the whole thing from looking overdone. Try cream blushes and gold shimmery shadows.
Stick with this season’s monocromatic trend and dab a little of the lipstick you choose onto the apples of your cheeks and blend in with your fingers.
With darker hair, you either need to go a little deeper in tone, or amplify the colour to have it stand out.
Tangerines, blood reds, magenta pinks and plum violets look great.
The best way to get a more intense finish is to put down a base to help the colour to pop! Make sure you prime the lips for a longer wear, and completely colour in your lips with a lip pencil before painting on your lipstick.
If you want your lips to look fuller, finish with a high shine, reflective gloss. And if you want to reduce the size appearance of your lips, stick with a matte finish.
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