It is an eternal search – finding the perfect shade of lip color. We try and try and just when we think we’ve got it we tan, we pale, the seasons change or our shade is discontinued. The search goes on. Well, there are secrets, my friend. Secrets known only by those who make them and its these tips that make the greats in the cosmetic industry so amazing. One such woman, Bobbi Brown, decided to share how she finds the perfect lip color and how she uses that shade to add holiday colors that look just as great as that one, perfect lipstick.
To find the perfect neutral lipstick, you need to determine the base color of your lips. Are you peachy pink, apricot, peachy brown, rosy pink or eggplant? Finding this shade is the beginning to real versatility and freedom. This shade should be just slightly brighter than the natural color of your lips. This has to be chosen by what looks best on you, not by what’s popular or what looks great on your best friend. Your natural lip color is yours and yours alone. What looks amazing on your friend may look washed out or ashy on you. This neutral shade should even out your lips and add definition the way a light coat of mascara helps to open and define your eyes. This shade should always be brighter than your natural lips. It should never be the color of concealer like you see in fashion shows. Also remember that a matte lipstick that is lighter than the natural color of your lips can wash out your face completely.
When shopping for this perfect shade, try samples on the middle of your bottom lip in the daylight. This will give you the most accurate read of how it looks. Plan to test no more than four shades at a time as your lips will be stained and appear darker than your true color. It’s also a good idea to do this once in the winter and once in the summer since our lips tan just like the rest of our skin.
Once you’ve found your perfect shade, you’ll know where to look for new lipsticks and glosses because you can always find something in your color family even if your favorite shade disappears. You can also begin to layer colors for more formal occasions or nights out at holiday parties. If your neutral color is in the rosy pink family, you can easily use a deep burgundy to dress up your lips. For the best results begin by applying a light coat of your neutral color and then add a thin coat of whatever other color you want to try on top. Your neutral base color will help adjust the bolder color to your lip and skin tone.