Not only is lipstick colour the finishing touch to your look, the right shade can influence the way you – and others – perceive you. No surprise, the lip is key. Don’t leave the house without it! Bare just says “unloved”: choose berry red or sophisticated nude…
Which lipstick colour suits you best?
When rubbed a couple of times, the pads of your fingertips tend to match the natural colour of your lips, so while in store, test a new lip colour here to see if it suits. As a rule:
- Warm skin tones (dark or olive with black, brown or blonde hair) suit yellowy-orange and red undertones in their lip shades.
- Cool skin tones (fair with brown, blonde or red hair) suit the cooler, bluey-pink kinds of undertones.
After 45, our complexion becomes quite dull, and we need to put more colour back into our face and lips. Lipstick, as the finishing touch, is a great way to look and feel more confident. Plus, it’s a fashion statement and adds a feminine, sophisticated look.
Want to know how to make your lipstick last longer? Try these tricks from a professional make-up artist:
Right now, just go sexy nude or vibrant red!
Nudes To Love:
MAC Lipstick in Coral Bliss, R240, a creamy “beach” (beige peach) shade.
Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in Honey Bare, R430, a semi-matte nude that’s lightweight and moisturising.
Berry Reds To Love:
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry, R290, looks vibrant but melts into your lips.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Brick, R295, a warm plum-brown.
How to pick the right texture:
A creamy semi-matte long-wear lipstick does everything you need! Apply to shape the lips, press and blot with a tissue, then leave it as a stain that wears off through the day. Or, once you’ve blotted, re-apply with a lip brush.
The best everyday lip colour: Benefit Benetint Mini, R165, is a versatile stain that can be used on lips and cheeks.
The best tool to fix lip liner: The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer, R120, ensures that no ghastly line is left behind and prevents your lipstick from bleeding.
Top Tip: Line lips before you fill in the lip shape with a brush.
The best lip care for dry lips: Almay Anti-Ageing Lip Treatment, R140, and Blistex DCT, R67.95, are superb for a moisture boost.
The best intensive moisturiser: The incredible Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lip Balm, R67.95, is a handbag must-have.
A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!