Alright ladies, when it comes to choosing or wearing lipstick, there are some lipstick commandments that you should follow. Perhaps you refrain from wearing lipstick because you aren’t sure how to find your right shade, or you just don’t think you can pull it off. But trust me, you are not alone. So, this little list of lipstick commandments will help you get rid of those worries, and get you ready to flaunt some lip colour with confidence!

Exfoliate and moisturise

Exfoliate lips once or twice a week to remove any dry or dead skin. You can even make your own scrub (my favourite recipe consists of brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey). Apply scrub to lips in small, circular motions for 1-2 minutes and rinse with a warm washcloth. Follow this step with a moisturising lip balm to prevent lips from chapping, and to give your lips a nice, soft, smooth base. Nowadays lipsticks have moisturisers in them, but I still prefer to use a lip balm first because the more you moisturise, the healthier your lips will look! Follow this, the first of my lipstick commandments, and you’ll have soft, kissable lips before you even apply your lipstick!

Coordinate with the rest of your makeup

For instance, if you are going for a dramatic eye, keep your lips natural and opt for nude or light pink lip. Pink lips can work with pretty much every eye shadow, but they are the best to wear if you are flaunting purple, blue, or green shadows. And finally, when it comes to red or deep toned lips, stick with natural shades like browns and gold, and/or a simple black eyeliner.

Decide what effect you want

Matte lipsticks make a bold, strong statement and are great when worn at night. Sheer lipsticks give a hint of colour and can be worn pretty much anytime, and they are also great for dry lips because they are moisturising. Cream lipsticks provide rich colour much like matte lipstick, but give a little hint of shine, and can be worn both day and night. And then there are shimmery lipsticks, which give a nice, sparkly, fun glow and are great for parties and festive occasions.

Figure out your skin tone

This step is key, and all you have to do is take a look at the veins on your inner wrist. If they appear blue, then you have a cool skin tone. If they appear more greenish, then you have a warm skin tone. Shades of lipstick with yellow and orange undertones will suit warm skin tones, while light pinky reds, blue-toned pinks, and blue-toned reds will suit cooler skin tones.

Find your perfect shade

When choosing a natural nude or light pink lipstick, you should go NO MORE than two shades darker than your natural LIP colour. Only darker pinks and reds should be chosen based on the undertones of your SKIN tone. Cool/ soft pinks work best with cool skin tones, and warm/ darker pinks usually work best with warmer skin tones. When choosing reds, look for rosy reds if your skin is pale, look for red corals if you’re fair, look for true red if you’re medium, and look for deep colours like wine and burgundy if you’re darker.

Use a lip liner first

Try to find a lip liner that best matches your shade of lipstick. Because lip liners are thinner and more precise, using one first helps outline your lips so that you don’t wander out of your natural lip shape. Be careful not make the outline too harsh or extend it all the way out to the corners of your mouth because it can look a little clownish. Then go ahead and fill in the rest of your lips with your lipstick. You can also use a highlighting liner on your top lip to help define your cupid’s bow.

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