Whether you're walking down the street or down the aisle, lipstick can totally transform your look. While red and nude are classics, this season we’re eyeing something a bit more vibrant. Bright pink commands attention! And when is wow-factor more important than on your big day?
Within the magenta family, there are tons of variations—meaning there’s a hue that’s guaranteed to flatter your skin tone. Of course, picking the color is only part of it. So, we asked celebrity makeup artists Alex LaMarsh and JoAnn Solomon to share their pointers to pull off this high-impact lip like a pro.
1. Prep: It’s no surprise that dryness and flaking can wreak havoc on a bold pout. Steer clear of hot mess territory by using a scrub to slough away dead skin cells, followed by a specially formulated lip conditioner to moisturize.
2. Consider the formula: Remember, mattes wear longer than glosses. If you choose the latter, be ready for frequent touch-ups.
3. Select the right shade: The importance of choosing a hue that compliments your skin tone can’t be overstated. Scroll below to see how to find your perfect match!
Ladies with fair complexions like Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, and Lily Collins often face the issue of looking washed out. The solution? LaMarsh recommends opting for MAC Matte Lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous or NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Pink Lust. “These colors will enliven porcelain skin, bringing more radiance to it.”
For women with medium skin—à la Blake Lively and Gisele Bündchen—Solomon suggests NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Schiap. This vivid pink has a touch of fuchsia, which is striking with golden tones. Bonus: The long-wear formula will ensure your lippie stays put through all the smooching and champagne sipping on your wedding day.
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Olive skin? You’re in good company with Eva Mendes and Kim Kardashian West. “NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Funny Face and Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Tumultuous Pink will make your pout pop without detracting from your natural beauty,” says LaMarsh.
Dark-skinned stunners such as Lupita Nyong'o and Viola Davis can rock rich pigment like no one else. MAC Matte Lipstick in Breathing Fire and Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Rio are saturated enough to stand out on deeper complexions, according to LaMarsh.