How to apply lipstick Part 2: Choosing lipstick colors according to your skin tone

The second part in the ‘How to apply lipstick’ series is that of choosing the right shades according to your skin tone.

Making a decision on the texture of your lipstick is the easiest part. Lipstick shades can be chosen only after you know what skin tone you have – Fair, medium or dark. This is pretty easy. But you’d also need to figure out whether you are warm or cool toned. The below images should help you identify the tone that you might be: 

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If you are fair skinned, choose lighter shades of lipstick like nudes, pinks or light browns. Cool toned women would look lovely in a nude or soft mocha color and warm girls would look pretty in nude peach or shades of pale pinks. These colors work well to brighten up your complexion. That doesn’t mean that you cannot wear a red or a deep plum, just keep them for the evening as bright and dark shades on fair skin would stand out a tad bit more. You can keep trying out lipsticks at the makeup counters to find your perfect one!

How to apply lipstick  - choosing lipstick colors

If you have a medium skin tone, you have a number of options to choose from like chocolates, red, bright pink and peaches. For medium skin with warm undertones, copper or bronze would really look stunning and cool undertones should try out pinks and cranberry colors.

How to apply lipstick  - choosing lipstick colors

If you have darker skin, deep plums and dark reds are sure to make your lips look luxurious. For dark skin with cool undertones try ruby and wine-colored reds and for warmer undertones coppers and bronzes in a frost texture look dazzling.

How to apply lipstick  - choosing lipstick colors

Some cool Lipstick Trivia:

  • Ancient Mesopotamian women were possibly the first women to invent and wear lipstick. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their lips. (Whhhaaattt?? Can you imagine sticking gemstones on your lips?!?!? Ewww).
  • In the middle ages women wearing cosmetics including lipstick were taken for witches and considered by the church to be possessed by satan and therefore eligible for burning at the stake. (Uhhhh… No way are we burning up! He he).
  • Dark red was one of the most popular shade throughout the 19th and 20th century. At that time, it was acceptable to apply lipstick in public and during lunch, but never at dinner. (What is wrong is wearing red lipstick for dinner??? Now RED is all we ever wear for dinner! Hahahaha).
  • Clara Bow, the famous American actress, queen of the silent movies, is the inspiration behind the’cupid bow’ shape for lips. (You go girl!!!)

Stay tuned for the last and final ‘How to apply lipstick’ series and some more cool lipstick trivia!

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