Lipstick jungle

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Lipsticks tend to be the focal point of your entire make up but now eyes have become more important. Personally, I am more of an eye make up girl and mostly go for nude lips but recently have started experimenting a bit.
  So the first thing is  how do you know which colour looks good on you?  that actually depends on your undertone. How do you know what is your undertone ? The colour of your veins tell you your undertone .i.e. if your veins look blue then you have a cool or a pink undertone and if your veins look green then you have a warm or yellow undertone.
      An undertone is the tinge of your skin colour. You can have an either undertone irrespective of your skin colour. Asians in general have more of a yellow undertone irrespective of being fair, wheatish or dusky. How to know which colours  work on your undertone ?
1. Pink undertone : go for brighter colours in pink and reds with a blue tinge.
2. Yellow undertone : go for corals and berry shades.
  If this method still confuses you the best way to judge if a colour will work for you is that the lipstick shade should be one shade darker then your natural lip colour and always try on the shade preferrably with little or no makeup to really tell how the shade looks on you. You can also refer to 
lip service for more ideas.

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   So what is the best way to judge which type of lipstick will look good on your lips:
1. Thin lips : stay away from darker shades as they outline your lips more and go for more neutrals and lighter shades. Opt for cream rich and glossy shades as they add depth and make your lips look plumper. You can also use lip plumpers as well as they add thickness. Use a lip liner of your natural lip colour and then fill them in for a fuller effect.
2. Medium sized lips : use lip liners with darker shades for a fuller effect. Gloss in light shades will also pump up your lips.
3. Thick lips : avoid a lip liner and apply a clear gloss to the middle of the top lip for a glossy effect. As too much gloss will pump of your lips even more.

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Now lets take a look at the different styles of lipsticks and lip tools :

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Step 1 : use a lip balm or chapstick  to moisturize your lips so they are hydrated throughout.

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Step 2 : tinted lip balms and chubby sticks can also be used instead of lipsticks for a lighter day look. They are moisturizing, glossy and sheer and give some colour to bare lips.

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Step 3 : use a lip liner, this step depends on you and your lips. It helps keep the lipstick from spreading and also gives it a more defined look.

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Step 4 : lipstick, now here there are many varieties to choose from :

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(a) cream or moisturizing lipsticks : great for all lips especially if your lips dry fast . Add fullness as they are more opaque.

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(b) satin or sheen : these lipsticks are glossy and are good plumpers.

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(c) matte lipsticks : they are dry and don’t come off easily. They have no shine but look great if a little balm or gloss is added. Great for thicker lips as enhances the natural shape.

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(d) frosted lipsticks : these give a sheer shine or matty shine. Mostly come in opaque colours but dry very fast.

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(e) long lasting lipsticks : these lipsticks are stain resistant and last upto 8 hours. They are creamy and thicker as they have to last longer. Great for working women as the colour stays on the whole day. You can use a lip brush to apply the lipstick with more precision.

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(f) lipstains : these are glossy but dry very fast and are long lasting. They are sheer but fuse well with your natural colour.

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Step 5 : lip gloss. This has evolved from the berry flavoured chapsticks and  now even preferred to lipstick at times. Used during the day without lipstick and used during the evening with to add more to your overall look.
  Finally here is a little gyan on what shades look good on which skin colours. This is just a general idea for which colour family should you stay in while choosing your lipsticks :

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1. Fair : opt more for reds, pinks and apricots. They bring out the rosiness of your natural skin colour.

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2. Medium to wheatish : opt for more peaches, nudes and berries as they compliment your complexion.

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3. Dusky : corals, browns and wine colours look good on your skin tone.

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  Thus, these are few steps to keep in mind while selecting your lipsticks. But please remember never match your lipstick to your outfit as your face tends to be lighter than your body skin tone so the colour will not necessarily look good.  Lipstick should complement not contest with your outfit. If you wear an orange top go for a brown or nude shade to even out the brightness effect. If you like darker or brighter hues then opt for minimal eye makeup to balance the drama of your look. You can also look at  shade gyan for more ideas.

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