Over the past few years, one thing in the cosmetics world has become strikingly obvious – lipstick is back. Not only is it back, but classic bold shades like fire engine red, exotic coral and hot pink are flying off the shelves faster than stores can stock them. From high end makeup counters to super affordable drug store brands, there are plenty of options for every style and budget. However, there also seems to be quite a bit of ill-informed advising on the subject of lip wear, so we decided to do a little research and set the record straight.
Myth: Redheads shouldn’t wear red.
This couldn’t be further from the truth – just look at “Mad Men” leading vixen Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks). Plenty of ginger-haired beauties are sporting red lipstick from the small screen to Hollywood’s trendiest spots, and they’re looking great doing so.
Tip: Find the right red for your coloring.
While it’s definitely not true that any certain skin tone or hair color is excluded from red lipstick, it is true that some reds are not as flattering on some as they are on others. Those with warmer skin tones should choose yellow based or brown based reds while those with cooler skin tones should choose blue based reds – like berry or plum. In order to find your perfect red, it may take a little trial and error.
Myth: Pink lip stick makes your teeth yellow.
Unless your teeth are actually yellow, pink lips stick isn’t going to change that. However, some shades of pink may not suit your color and might bring out imperfections in your skin (or teeth) that you’d rather play down.
Tip: Find a flattering fuchsia that complements your skin tone.
Generally, blue based pinks (like fuchsia) will give your pearly whites a brighter appearance more so than warmer or pale pinks. When sampling a color, test it on your lips, not your hand because your face may be a shade or two darker or lighter than the back of your hand.
Myth: Lip stick will chap your lips.
There are many things that have the potential to dry out your lips unless you take the necessary precautions. Therefore, lipstick isn’t what’s chapping your lips – it’s improper care.
Tip: Treat your lips with love.
Before applying lipstick, exfoliate your lips with a gentle scrub. Apply a moisturizing lip primer such as Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion ($10) or Too Faced Anti-Feathering Lip Primer ($17). Follow up with liner to keep the look cohesive and finish by filling in with your chosen shade.
The most important tip to keep in mind is that lip stick can make a statement all on its own – no need for heavy eyes or excessive blush. If you choose a bold hue for your kisser, tone down the rest of your look and let your lips do the talking.