The excitement when you finally discover your best lipstick color at the beauty bar soon diminishes when you notice, as you gaze into your bedroom mirror, that it doesn't look exactly that same perfect shade now.
You even begin to wonder if they gave you the wrong lipstick.
To ensure you always go home with your best lipstick color, let's look at the 'Principle of Undertones'.
The secret is in understanding that the undertone color in lipstick only shows its true colours after you've applied and worn the lipstick.
So how can you tell what that undertone colour is before you are wearing it on your lips?
To find this out simply run the lipstick onto a piece of white paper. Why? It's easier to see the undertones on white paper but harder to see on skin tone, until it's too late.
But how do you know what to look for?
Here's a simple way to discover your best lipstick color.
Using your favorite red lipstick, the basic undertones you might see would be:
Red-Pink Undertones make the colour seem warmer, but harder and deeper as well. Be careful as these undertones can also bring out the red tones in your skin.
Yellow-Orange Undertones make the colour warmer and softer which looks great on warm skin tones. However, if you have really pale skin these colors can bring out those green/blue undertones.
To be on the safe side, lean towards the yellow side rather than the orange. Too much orange can make your skin look grey and sluggish.
Green-Blue Undertones make a lipstick more dramatic and deeper.
Try to stay clear of these undertones as they can make you look like you're standing under fluorescent lighting.
Silver-Grey Undertones add shimmer, softness and depth.
You will find these tones in the shimmer lipsticks that are so popular now. However, make sure there is not too much blue/grey as this can make those under eye circles stand out.
Green Undertones - Watch out for those trendy colours that usually pair green with a yellow tone as well. Yes you'll look cool and hip but will also feel as if you need more color on your face.
Whatever skin colour you have that you don't like (blue or gray under eye circles, redness, pink, etc) do not copy that skin color in your lipstick colour or undertone.
It's like wearing a red dress with sunburn; it just makes the problem appear worse than it really is.
I love experimenting with different lipstick colours and have two favourite colors. One of those is a true-brown
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