Is there anything in your make-up collection that brings about confidence like a bright lip colour?
How A Bright Lip Colour Can Boost Your Mood
According to international make-up artist, Jen Evans, “A bright lip colour expresses an empowered persona of strength. You put it on and you immediately feel more confident than you did without it.”
And what’s more? There’s scientific proof of the mood-boosting effects a swipe of bold lipstick has, too.
A study conducted by the Edith Cowan University revealed that in a survey of 300 female participants, a whopping 253 reported that wearing lipstick made them feel “very confident.”
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Wearing a bold lip colour is not as difficult as you might think, you just need to consider the right texture: matte will give you a rich pigment and staying power, while a glossy finish is less of a commitment.
Confidence-boosting lip colours
Feeling anxious? Swipe on one of these lip colours and transform your mood!
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Classic, glamorous and effortlessly-chic, red is synonymous with feelings such as love, passion and excitement.
Red looks best when applied in a matte texture. Try Smashbox Always On Cream To Matte Lipstick in Bawse, R370; or L’Oreal Les Chocolats Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Tasty Ruby, R150.
Bright, vibrant and happy-go-lucky, pink evokes emotions tied to femininity like compassion and kindness.
For a muted look, try a warm, petal pink like Maybelline Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick in Pink Pose, R99; or if you’re in the mood for something more striking, try Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour & Primer in Mod, R310.
If you want to make a statement, then orange is the colour for you. It’s a vibrant, energetic and artistic colour that can easily up the ‘cool factor’ when paired with an otherwise neutral make-up look.
Burgundy is a mixture of brown and red with a hint of purple; making it a strikingly rich hue that oozes the feeling of both luxury and mystery.
Try the colour in a trendy grape shade with a high-shine finish like MAC Patent Paint Lip Lacquer in Polished Prize, R330; or opt for a cream finish like Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Manic, R280, which is easier to pull off.
Written by Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens
A scent obsessed beauty editor with a flair for fashion and an affinity for anything kawaii. When she’s not researching skincare ingredient lists for the latest low-down on what this or that compound or chemical does on the skin, you can expect to find her off-loading stress at the gym, enjoying a salsa dancing social or hunting for the latest fragrance.