We all came across eye-catching ads of Rihanna’s “Uncensored” red lipstick or Taylor Swift’s “Dragon Girl” lipstick, showing delicate, sensual lips. Since Natalie Portman’s campaign for Red Dior in 2016, it seems red became the go-to-color.
Even blonde Kate Moss dared to wear red for Rimmel’s Red Nose Day in 2015 — bringing red as the ultimate color for any hot lips.
But there are, in fact, thousands of ways to make your lips luscious, hot, and juicy.
In this guide, we explore shades, textures, colors, composition, and give artistry advice to take your lips to the next level, from a Portman’s classic red to a Bowie’s Ziggy-inspired universe.
Beyond fashion, lips are associated with kisses, and for this reason, they are the sexiest part of the face. That is why picking up the right lipstick is essential if you want to look your best.
Finally, some lipsticks enable you to kiss, others don’t. And if your lipstick goes wrong, your significant other might end up with it on his face.
TYPES OF LIPSTICKS
Satin and sheer lipsticks are good for everyday wear. Formulated with higher oil content, sheer lipsticks are non-drying, leaving the lips moisturized. You may have to apply your sheer lipstick often as it wears off throughout the day or the night.
Gloss lipsticks bring a glamorous, fresh, and fruity touch to your lips. Eye-catching, they make your lips attractive, unmissable. Gloss lipsticks offer a younger look to any lips and tend to be used during the summertime, yet are invited to winter parties, too.
Cream lipsticks are nourishing lipsticks made of a high concentration of vitamin E. They are well balanced between texture and gloss while having a greater wax composition and staying power.
Stain lipsticks have high impact and low maintenance and make your look perfect throughout the day. With vibrant colors and shades, they fit busy, sophisticated women with confidence.
Matte lipsticks are the most ultimate lipsticks as they blend light and dark shadows over a perfect color. Matte lipsticks are made to last and embrace your lips into every detail — and fit any women with style and glamour. Deprived of gloss, these lipsticks are enigmatic.
DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TONE
Getting the right lipstick depends on your skin color, on the occasion, on the season, and on your style. As a general rule, you may apply a lipstick of darker tone to your natural skin color during the day. To enhance the color more, go for even darker during the night. So what are the hottest hues for the sexiest lips?
Find out about your skin tone: Your skin tone is the color of your skin and may change according to the seasons. Is your skin tone warm or cold? To find out, examine the veins inside of your wrists, and look at their colors. If your veins appear blue, then you have a cool tone, and if they appear green, you have a warm tone. You may also be a neutral tone which stands in between.
Warm skin tone: Choose a vibrant palette with vivid colors. For example, warm red, red with purple tones, orange, or berry pink may suit you if you have a warm skin tone. Play with textures from glossy to stain. Dimensional nudes lipsticks may be a good choice for warm skin tones as well.
Cool skin tone: Go for a darker color palette that echoes your skin tone such as burgundy, dark red, brown, dark pink or mauve, or natural. Enjoy emollients-rich lipsticks that preserve the hydration of your lips as well as sheer lipsticks for their oil-content base formulation.
Winter vs summer: In the summertime, your skin tone may change. Pick up vivid colors from rich red to bubbly orange. Invite glossy lipsticks to bring a touch of fantasy. During winter, enhance your lips with darker shades, neutral colors or velvet tones. And, try cream lipsticks to protect your lips.
HOW TO TRY YOUR LIPSTICK
First of all, you need to pick your favorite shade and brand. Then, try the lipstick by applying it to your wrist. Look at how the color evolves and if it fits your skin tone and style.
Enjoy the texture and let it evolve for a couple of minutes. If your skin appears dry, then you may move to a richer formula.
Second, you can check your lipstick against your clothing to find out if it’s a good match for your style. Hold it against your clothes and determine if the lipstick color works well with your color scheme.
If you wear darker clothes, you may go for brown, purple, and dark red lipsticks. If you wear warm or yellow clothes, you can go for orange, pink, and vivid red.
DETERMINE YOUR LIPS HYDRATATION
You may choose a lipstick according to the hydration of your lips. Are your lips naturally well hydrated or, tend to dehydrate?
Choose glossy and matte lipsticks if your lips are well hydrated. If your lips tend to dehydrate, apply a hydrating lip cream prior to your lipstick, or choose a cream lipstick which has a higher concentration of emollients and oils.
FOR WHICH OCCASION?
For casual wear: For grocery shopping or going to appointments during the day, pick up an easy to apply lipstick and choose a color that fits your skin tone. Don’t go too creative as you are not attending a fashion show. All you want is simplicity and harmony. Dare to wear red only if you feel comfortable with it. Remember red is your secret weapon, so use it efficiently.
For work: Choosing a lipstick for work is easy. You need to highlight your lips without getting too much attention (unless you want to sign a new contract or negotiate a pay increase). Pick up matte lipsticks or neutral colors if you are in a meeting that last long so you don’t have to leave the meeting to reapply your lipstick.
For an event: You may go outside any convention and bring a Bowie touch to your lips. Go for dark green or blue lipsticks for a punk attitude. Paint your lips with squid ink for a look inspired by the Fifth Element. Enjoy frosted lipsticks for a very glamorous Fashion Week inspired look, the Bowie way.
WHAT ARE THE BEST LIPSTICKS FOR KISSES?
Kissing is part of our romantic life, and then the question may be, “How can I kiss my boyfriend with a lipstick?”. Without kissing, there’s no romance. But do you choose the best lipstick for kissing?
Most lipsticks won’t leave without a mark on your boyfriend’s lips. If he is comfortable with it, then fine. But what if your boyfriend is tired of wearing the trace of your lipsticks on his cheeks or lips? Then, matte lipsticks can be a great choice as they have a good staying power (you won’t need to reapply them too often).
They also leave little trace on a glass of wine or your boyfriend’s lips. If your boyfriend is uncomfortable with your lipstick, wear a natural nude or a glossy version, which will be more discreet.
WHICH LIPSTICKS TO CHOOSE FOR SMALL LIPS?
Not everyone is born with Angelina Jolie’s full, beautiful lips. If you have small lips, you may want to enhance them by giving them an instant fill.
Go for a sophisticated brown peach, mauve, pink, or plum lipstick which make thin lips sensual. Make sure the colors you choose fit your skin tone but are not too bright either. Play with crayon lipsticks to draw an extra layer above your lips so they appear thicker.
WHICH LIPSTICKS TO CHOOSE FOR BIG LIPS?
If you have the same lips as Scarlett Johannson, don’t go too excessive. Choose a candy pink lipstick for an elegant look and a flattering red to preserve the harmony of your lips. And if you go for the no-makeup look, and prefer a low-key chic style, go for a nude or natural lipstick. Avoid lip enhancer and crayon lipsticks to not overwhelm your lips.
Always bring your lipstick with you, whether to work or at a party. Your lipstick is your best companion and tool for the ultimate touch of feminity.
Second, in case you need it, you may have to reapply your lipstick, especially if you leave in a metropolis like Tokyo or New York where long distance prevents you from reaching home easily.
Pick up a travel size of your lipstick if you travel and need multiple varieties of shades at your fingertips on the plane. Lipsticks are one of the most flattering cosmetics, keep reading to find the coolest trends and colors on our Faveable list.