Bright lipstick for beginners
It’s all about bold lips this season. Whether the shade is hot fuchsia, sizzling red, orange or coral, a bright lipstick is your most important fashion accessory. And if right now you’re thinking, “No way, I can’t...”, yes, you can, and here’s how.
Brights for beginners
Top French makeup artist François Nars reckons a woman can reinvent herself with just one lipstick. If you’re testing the waters with a bright lip colour, Nars makeup expert Janice Daoud suggests using your finger to press a little of the colour onto your lips for a softer, stained finish rather than going for a bold, highly pigmented lip. “Ease yourself into it,” suggests Janice. “Take it a little further each time.”
Sheer glosses and shiny lip butters and balms are also a way to use brighter colours without making such a strong statement. But if you’re daring to wear a vivid lippy, then this is what you need to know:
Start with a good base
Exfoliate and condition lips regularly to provide the best canvas for lipstick. Make your own lip scrub by mixing finely-granulated sugar with a little face lotion and rub it gently in a circular motion.
Find your shade
Choose the right bright for your complexion. If you have fair skin with pink undertones, pick warm pinks or brick-reds. Medium and olive complexions can carry true, blue-based reds. Tangerine is the super-hot right now but while fair skins can handle a bright orange, medium skins should go for a burnt orange and darker skins a blue-based orange. Hot fuchsia is a good choice for any age, although steer clear if your skin has yellow undertones. Feeling brave? Try a super-pigmented purple or bold blue.
How to tell if it’s right
Test lipstick shades on your fingertips rather than the back of your hands, as they’re closer to your natural lip colour.
Can’t choose between two shades? L’Oréal Paris makeup artist Lisa Matson suggests holding both lipsticks up against your face. One will pop more than the other – that’s the lippy for you.
Pick a winner
It’s important to find a lippy that wears well – lipsticks that clump, smear or bleed into fine lines around the mouth aren’t comfortable to wear, as you’ll constantly be concerned they’re looking messy.
Load up on colour
Layer to get a longer lasting look. First, line and fill in the lips with a matching lip pencil. Then press the colour onto your lips with your fingers, to form a stain. Dust lightly with a little loose translucent powder and reapply colour with a lip brush.
Keep the rest minimal
“Make sure your bright lip takes centre stage,” advises Janice. “Keep the rest of your makeup minimal.” Try beiges on the eyes, then a touch of eyeliner, mascara and light foundation.”