Every girl needs an everyday fragrance, a proper skincare routine, and a signature lip colour.
A lipstick shade that flatters your features and is compatible with almost everything in your entire wardrobe will help you immediately look put together and save you tons of time in the mornings.
Here are the 5 steps you can take in order to find your very own signature lip colour.
Step One: Pick Your Finish
Matte lipstick? Moisturizing lip balm? High shine lipgloss? Lip stain? A sheer coverage lipstick that gives you a soft wash of colour?
Choose your favourite type of finish by determining what works best for your lips, what type of texture you prefer to have, and what type of look you’re going for.
For example, matte lipsticks are always on trend, work great with every outfit, and have more staying power than other lipstick finishes. Mattes may seem to be the best option for you because of how much you like them, but if you’re someone whose lips are dry and prone to cracking (no matter how much you exfoliate and moisturize), a glossier finish may be a better option.
It’s best to pick a finish which would be realistic for you in your everyday life.
Step Two: Determine The Colour Family
How do you (or how would you like to) express yourself through makeup on a day-to-day basis? Subtle and natural? Bold and daring? Edgy and chic?
Figure out a colour family that’s compatible with your personality and your style.
For example, if you’re a girly girl that loves to dress in preppy clothing, a soft pink lipstick would be perfect for everyday wear.
Step Three: Determine Your Surface Skin Tone
The best way to determine your skin tone is by examining your jawline’s skin colour in natural lighting. The tone in this area is less likely to be affected by the sun, thus it’ll give you a better idea of what your skin tone actually is.
Light: Skin burns easily, doesn’t tan (typically looks best in baby blue, lavender, and soft rose clothing colours)
Medium: Skin sometimes burns, tans gradually (typically looks best in all clothing colours)
Dark: Skin never burns, tans very quickly and easily (typically looks best in olive, orange, and grey clothing colours)
Step Four: Determine Your Undertones
There are 3 undertones one can be: Cool, warm, or neutral.
Cool tones: Pink, red, blue, violet (best suited in cool shades such as rosy pinks, blue-toned reds, and berry hues)
Neutral tones: A mixture of both cool and warm (can pull off lipsticks from both the cool and warm categories)
Warm tones: Yellow, golden, peachy, orange (best suited in warm shades such as tangerine pinks, corals, and peachy pinks)
Many make the mistake of categorizing themselves under an undertone based off of how light or dark their skin is.
However, this is incorrect and you may be doing yourself some injustice through your makeup choices!
If you have very dark skin, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have a warm undertone — you could very well fall into the cool or neutral undertone category. Just like if you’re very pale, this doesn’t automatically place you in the cool undertone category.
Undertones aren’t about the shade of your skin, they’re about how the colour underneath the surface affects its overall hue.
How to figure out your undertone:
Check your veins. Take a look at the underside of your wrist. If your veins are blue or purple, this indicates that you have a cool undertone. If your veins are green, this means that you fall into the warm undertone spectrum. If your veins seem to be both blue and green or you’re having trouble discerning either colour, this indicates that you are neutral.
Lay a gold and silver piece of jewelry next to each other on your arm. If you find that gold glowingly complements your skin, you have warm undertones. If silver seems to make you look more radiant and awake, you fall into the cool undertone family. If you look good with both, you have neutral undertones.
Place a white sheet of paper by your bare face. If your skin appears yellowish or sallow next to the sheet of paper, this indicates that have a warm undertone. If the sheet of paper seems to dull your skin, wash you out, or give off of a pink tint, you fall into the cool undertone category. If your skin appears grey or you see nothing at all, you have a neutral undertone.
Step Five: Purchase It — But Not Until You Try It On First
I know many of us enjoy the convenience of shopping online for all of our beauty needs, but when it comes down to makeup products (especially foundation, concealers, and lipsticks), they should definitely be tested out prior to purchase.
Go to a makeup counter and let one of the lovely staff members help you find what you’re looking for. This way you can try on different shades, test out different formulas, and have a professional’s second opinion.
What’s your signature lipstick and/or lip shade?