Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Make a Statement with Vibrant Lips

Bright lip color has been trendy for some time now.  From bubblegum pinks to bold purples, the Mad Men inspired sultry crimson lips- you name it, we have seen it.   In the most recent weeks, celebrities have been slathering on the brightest hues of orange; I love it!  But why must bold lip color be limited to the rich and famous?

When doing makeup for clients, they usually ask for a “smoky eye and a nude lip” or sheer lip gloss.  While I think this is sexy and I understand the smoky eye appeal, I don’t believe that it is always the best makeup look for all outfits, occasions, etc.  There are other looks that are more youthful, new and fresh.  And what is more youthful than the latest trend, the red-orange “poppy” lip color?  After all, in order to find a new look that you love, you must go out of your comfort zone and try something new.    

Shades of orange work well with all skin tones, experiment to find what works for you.  Even when you aren’t feeling bold, don your pout with a brilliant shade and experience the ultimate confidence booster. 

Tips to wearing bold lipstick colors:
1. Keep eyes simple.  Mascara is really all you need.  If you feel that you need eyeliner, keep the liner soft and neat.
2.If you love blush like me, avoid looking like a clown.  Use very little blush and bronzer.  If you want to try a red-orange lip it may be appropriate to steer clear of blush all together!
3. Use a lip liner to keep your lipstick from bleeding or feathering.  Experiment with different lip liners to change the look and shade of a lipstick.  Most importantly, blend your liner with your lipstick.  It may help to smudge your liner before slathering your kisser with that awesome new coral lip color. 
4.Lastly, you may use a bit of lipgloss over bold colors if you feel that you need it, but don’t overdo it.  Minimal and simplistic makeup is best with vibrant lips. 

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