There’s a reason that if you look in any of my handbags, makeup kits or on my desk you’ll always find more than one lipstick floating around.
You’ll also find lip balms and glosses. My lips feel bare without something on them.
I’ve even been known to turn around should I find I’ve left home without something for my lips.
It’s one of the statements in the SY manifesto – Add a pop of lippy (your Nan was right) – and it’s there because adding a lip colour instantly lifts your face and, for me, my mood.
The rest of my makeup can be at its bare minimum but I feel “put together” if that colour is in place on my lips.
Do you feel the same?
I often get asked what colours I most reach for when heading out the door each day so today I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5 lipstick colours.
I have a definite preference for pinks … and not because a makeup artist once told me this was a lip colour that made us look younger … but I’m also not afraid of a statement red lip for a night out and a coral or orange on my lips always makes me smile.
1. Avon Overnature lipstick in Tropical Coral $19.99: The most universally flattering shade of lippy is a coral shade. Sounds very 1970s but it’s true. I fell in love with the packaging on this new one from Avon but then fell in love all over again with this shade of coral and the hydrating formula.
2. Maybelline NY SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Perpetual Peony $18.95: A pale pink is my lippy of choice when I create a black smokey eye for an evening look. On my lips it provides the pale pink neutral I aim for with this look. A little 1960s but with a modern twist. I fell hard for this particular pale pink two years ago and it’s been in my kit ever since. Love that it goes the distance too.
3. Eles Mineral Makeup Micro Bubble Lipstick in Blush $39.50: On my lips a dark blush becomes a defined neutral so I always have one in my handbag. This is a new shade in a beautiful lipstick range that actually treats your lips while it covers it. The pigment lasts and it’s the little spheres in the formula that continually release lip conditioners.
4. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Back to Fuchsia $16.95: It’s the ’80s girl in me who will never let a fuchsia lip colour disappear out of my makeup drawer. It’s the ultimate power lip. Well MY ultimate power lip. The colour in this new formulation is spot on for the kind of intensity you want from a fuchsia. It’s also soft on the lips to wear.
5. Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red $44 (on counter April 13, 2014): My fave date-night look involves a soft, not-so-intense smokey eye and a red lip. A classic look that’s always a winner especially when worked back with an LBD. My love of a lipstick crayon is also well documented here. The lazy-girl in me loves the liner/lip colour combo and in this new release I can opt for a sheer colour or build to a full coverage that lasts – not as long as the Maybelline SuperStay above but longer than a cocktail or two.
1. Look in your makeup collection. Just like if we were doing an edit of your wardrobe, it’s time to look at the state of your makeup kit and unearth all your existing lip colours. If you don’t do this first then there’s every chance you’ll head out shopping for a new lip colour and come home with one exactly the same as the six you already have.
2. What clothing colours do you gravitate to? Just like in your wardrobe, we naturally gravitate to the colours that suit us best. The colours that make us smile. What have you got most of? What are your signature colour or colours? Could these do with a freshen up? Or an outside-of-the-square addition?
3. Head to a makeup counter – or three. If you really want to give your lipstick colour wardrobe a lift, make time to play. I’m not talking about testing a new lippy on the inside of your wrist either. That’s not going to get you the right colour or tone. You need to go to makeup counters that allow you to try colours on your lips. Come armed with information about the colours you already own and ask for advice on ones that are similar but pack a little bit more of a punch.
4. Like a particular colour but something doesn’t seem quite right? Try variations of the tone of that colour. This particularly applies to finding your ideal red lippy. For me I need a deeper red to work with my skin tone and eyes. You might suit a shade with more orange in it.
5. Find a real fave – buy up! Trust me, there is nothing more heartbreaking than finding a favourite lip colour, only to have it discontinued. The best red I’ve ever found for me is a hybrid lip gloss/stain by Napoleon Perdis, called Lady In Red. Mr Perdis, if you’re reading this, please bring it back. I promise to buy up big.
What are your top 5 lipstick colours?
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