Luscious lipstick for a perfect pout

23:31, Oct 25 2012
Solange Knowles
BRIGHTS: Solange Knowles knows how to work a bold lip to her distinct advantage.

Although there are no hard and fast rules about wearing lipstick, finding the perfect shade often requires a fair amount of trial and error. Here are some pointers to help you along the way.

The Pale Pout

More peach-based than mushroom, the latest flesh-toned lippies are designed to leave the lips looking shiny and plump with a barely-there tinge of colour.

But don't be fooled, a lot of hard work goes into making the pucker look this natural. The key to keeping the lipstick looking true is to prep the lips with a creamy concealer before pressing the product onto the skin for a pillow-y finish.

Although peach-tones are universally flattering, golden-nudes also work a treat against olive complexions. Try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in Nude Beige.

The Red-Hot Number

When it comes to classic beauty looks, red lipstick is in it for the long haul. If you're fair, it's best to stick with blue-based reds (think less tomato, more cherry) that warm the complexion without exaggerating existing pink undertones in the skin.

(L-R) YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #13 Le Orange, MAC Lady Danger and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in Nude Beige.

On the flipside, medium to dark skin can afford to dabble in a wide range of shades, starting with bold orange-based numbers, like a fire-engine red as well as deep plum and wine shades. Try YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #13 Le Orange.
Coral my world

Perfect for bold lipstick beginners, coral is nowhere near as intimidating as a straight-up red, yet when applied correctly - that's layered heavily with a semi-matte finish, looks equally as polished.

If you're olive, it's best to start with classic orange hues like MAC Lady Danger, while red-based bullets were made for fair-maidens.

A few extra tips to help you perfect your pucker.

 -  Don't be afraid to ask for help. Head over to the cosmetics counter, pick the first colour that takes your fancy and then ask the sales assistant to select the right shade for your skin tone.

-  Smile like you mean it. If you're worried about your teeth looking yellow, it's best to avoid orange-based products as they'll only exaggerate existing discolouration.

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