Lipstick can be subtle, glamorous or flirty, adding the
final touch to your day or evening makeup.
Choose a color that complements the natural shade of your lips and skin.
Plums, wines and deep reds flatter a dark skin tone, while light-brown beiges with pink or orange undertones complement a
lighter skin tone. Olive skin looks good with brownish reds, light browns and raisin shades of lipstick.
Keep colors lighter for daytime and darker for night. Matte and cream finishes
offer a subtler daytime look, while a high-gloss finish adds glamour for evening. A sheer, natural-looking color with a little
shine also works well for day.
Experiment. Head to your local department store and ask a makeup artist
to test different shades on your lips. Whenever possible, check in natural light to see how the color really looks with your
Create your own shade by combining colors. If the shades you find don't
completely satisfy you, mix your own color. The easiest way to do this is by applying each color to your lips with a lip brush,
then blending with the brush on your lips.
Opt for a lip liner that is a shade darker than your lipstick and in the
same color family.
Line lips after applying lipstick, not before. That way you won't end up
with a dark circle of lip liner after your lipstick has worn off.
Try a colored gloss or lip tint for a sheer hint of lip color.
Buy the colors that look good on you'not the ones that look good in the
Deep or bold lip color complements light eye makeup, while light or nude
lipstick flatters heavy eye makeup.