7.10.12

How to: Pick the Right Lipstick

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From left to right: Watch Me Simmer, Goes and Goes, Dear Diary, Prolong, Can't Get Enough,
Up the Amp, Viva Glam Gaga 2, Morange, Lady Danger, Viva Glam Gaga, Gem of Roses, Creme Cup. All MAC.

Finding a perfect shade for your lips can be a little hard at first. You know you have found the right one when it enhances your skin tone and it can even give you a face lift! It's important to know that the skin tone isn't the most important thing you should be paying attention to. Some women have fair skin but medium or dark lips and viceversa. There is a guide line you can follow if you're finding trouble finding a shade that suits you.

Depending on you natural lip colour, there are different shades you can try:

Pale lips: coral, pale pink (blue toned), beige, pale rose, beige pinks and bright red. If you're colour shy, you can always try first with the soft toned lipsticks. Pastel colours are also a good pick for pale lips. However if you still want to try a deeper colour it's recommended you apply it with a very light hand. 
Medium lips: rose, pink, orange, warm red and brown. I consider myself to have medium lips, and found rose and pink colours suit me best. I try finding lipsticks with the same undertone as my natural lip colour as they look flattering. It's sort of "my lips but better".
Dark lips: deep red, plum, chocolate, blackberry and dark brown are great for dark lips. For both fair and darker complexions. Light and pale pinks are not recommend, but I've seen ladies wearing these shades and completely pulling it off!

Keep in mind you don't necessarily have to use only the colours mentioned, you can experiment with bright, pale or very deep colours! Mixing colours is also a great way to find the perfect shade.

What is your skin tone and which lipstick suits you best?

45 comments:

  1. I have pale skin, and incredibly dark lips. I hate how red my lips are, so prefer to use nude lip colours, and feel this is what suits me more. Xo

    Alex

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    1. Nude lip colours suit most skin tones. And I guess you love these as you already have plenty of colour on your lips :) x

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    2. I empathize with u, having fair skin and red tinted lips also. i also hate it! i hate that sheer lipglosses and lipsticks all look basically the same color on me. i have always used lighter colors like nudes, pale lavenders, and other lighter matallic or frost colors that tone down my lip color.

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  2. Your lips are so lovely Judy! The reds and warm pinks suit you heaps :)

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    1. Aww thank you so much Karen :) xx

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  3. I really like the look of the Gem of Roses lipstick! I find it hard with lip colours - what I like won't necessarily suit me, but I'm getting there slowly!xx

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  4. I love your photos and the lipstick choices! And I'm amazed how you were able to take a photo of your lips the same size, the same angle :) NICE!

    Your blog has very interesting content and I followed you already :) Hope you can visit my blog and follow too :) More power to you!

    XOXO

    www.MusingsofaMakeupMaven.com (http://sabshernandez.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words :) xx

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  5. Lovely photos! :) Gem Of Roses is so nice, is it a permanent shade? I'm quite fair with bright red lips, people always think I'm wearing red lippy. lol
    xo

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    1. Thank you love! :) Haha, but red lips always look pretty. x

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    2. & I'm afraid Gem of Roses isn't permanent. It was from the Semi Precious collection :/ sorry!

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  6. I love the comparisons! This will be such a helpful guide when I find some mac lipsticks. I do have the Morange one at the moment and I'm currently thinking of getting Creme Cup, hehe. Thanks for sharing hun! :D

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    1. You're welcome :) I'm glad it helps. xx

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  7. Great, great post! So helpful! My favorite is Gem of Roses (crossing my fingers that this is a permanent shade!)

    http://abundanceoferica.blogspot.ca

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  8. You're so lucky to have such nice shaped lips, I tend to shy away from bright bold lipsticks because my lips are so small. Would love it if you could take a look at my blog - http://lucy-abigail.blogspot.co.uk/
    Lucy x

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  9. I have no idea what lip colour suits me but I love them all! I really like nude colours or pale pinks!!

    Have you seen my jewellery giveaway on my blog?? lazy2lovely.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. All of those shades look lovely on you! I found your blog through the Blog Hop :)

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  11. I have medium lips and definitely agree that pinks/roses suit me the best. Jealous of your MAC lippie collection! x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yep, us medium lip ladies go best with pink :) x

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  12. great post!

    from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

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  13. This is such a good post I never know whether to go for blue toned lipsticks or warmer ones. I love the look of creme cup xx
    loveontopxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I love all those shades! You seem to have a similar skin tone/ lip colour to me, so this is really helpful as i'm looking for a new lipstick! xxx

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  15. You have sooo many MAC lipsticks! Love Lady Danger! Your blog is great by the way - I followed.

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  16. OR NOT, already following haha *fail*.

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  17. Great post!.
    love your blog!

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  18. this is such a wonderful post, though is only making me want to go buy more lipsticks haha damn you :D the watch me simmer shade looks so lovely xo

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    1. Sorry :) xx Watch me Simmer is gorgeous, but I think it was limited edition :( xx

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  19. Gem of roses looks so pretty! Your lips but better kind of color. :)

    The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  20. Hi Judy, thank you for visiting and joining my blog. This Warhol style work of art with all the lips would be a great poster! I love this!

    Nice tips on finding lip colors. I tend to prefer those that are near my natural lip color, like you. I also love a little shimmer.

    Following back! I am finding as time goes by I need to pay more attention to makeup, so your blog should be a big help!


    : )




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    1. Thank you love! That made me smile. I actually love Andy Warhol's work of art. He was amazing :) x

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  21. what a great post!! not only did you give me great items for my wish list, but you also provided fab tips! I never thought of my lips as light, med, or dark... I've always just gone by my skin tone when choosing my lipstick shades, but I'll agree, the color of your natural lips is something to consider. I'd say I have medium lips with a med - tan skin tone and my best colors are brights and neutrals. I have Morange and Gaga 2 and I love them both :))

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    1. Aw thank you for you sweet comment Maryam :) I think you pull off all colours! xx

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  22. I have dark lips and I'm dark skinned and I find deep pinks and mauve's look great! Mauve has to be my favourite lip colour! The red's look lovely on your skintone.

    www.gvadlln.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I'm new to your blog and absolutely love your photos :-) I know it's a bit off topic but I was wondering how do you edit your photos like the one above so there are numerous pictures in one? I'm new to blogging and haven't quite figured it out yet, but would love to be able to make my photos look more presentable :-)

    Steff x

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  24. Awesome shades - - i love the gem of stones -- i have tried this kind of shades at www.taaz.com they look stunning

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