Tips To Pick The Right Shade For Your Lips

  Pictures by Sofie De Pauw with the Liptensity series by M.A.C Cosmetics.

Pictures by Sofie De Pauw with the Liptensity series by M.A.C Cosmetics.

We owe a lot to the French.
Our world would simply not be the same without the little black dress, ascribed to none other than Coco Chanel.  And let’s not forget champagne, the baguette and even the hair dryer: they’re all French inventions! But did you know the French gave us lipstick too? Shortly after the French Revolution they (re)introduced bright red lipstick to enhance femininity. They even came up with the idea of creating a holder in 1915 so lipstick could be carried around in a purse.

The good news is everyone can wear lipstick.
It’s just a matter of finding the right shade that matches your type and, more importantly, your personality.

I suggest when you're a newbie to wearing lipstick (it took met 26 years to learn to appreciate it) you start with applying the more natural shades (1 or 2 tones deeper than your own lip color) and then build up with statement hues. And just experiment a bit with intensity and different combinations. My favourite source of inspiration for lipstick, and make-up in general, are the 60’s. I just have a thing for smoky eyes and nude lips.

Now, how to create the perfect lip;

  • Scrub your lips with a tooth brush to make them nice and smooth
  • Hydrate
  • Use a lip liner to subtly contour your lips with the same colour as your lipstick, or use a slightly darker shade
  • Apply a first layer of lipstick and then dab with a tissue (or use the trick with the kiss on the handkerchief)
  • The darker you go, the more often you will need to check

Just so you know;

The difference between your lipstick and your liner should never be too pronounced, we’re not living in the nineties anymore!
Contrary to what people tend to think, it’s ok to go full-on when applying make-up to eyes and lips. Just be mindful of the “more is more” look.
And be sure this is your thing so it doesn’t come across as if you’ve just discovered you big sisters make-up kit.
The darker you go, the smaller your lips will seem. While lighter shades add plumpness.
If you have light skin, try light pink, coral, peach, nudes or beige.
Medium skin girls, try rose, mauve or (cran)berry shades.
And if you have tan skin, go for bright colors with a more orange undertone like coral or bright red or try browns like walnut, caramel, wine or nude.
I’ll be at the M.A.C store in Brussels this saturday from 12.00 till 14.00 so let’s meet and talk lipstick!