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READ MY LIPS Match your lipstick with your attire

READ MY LIPS Match your lipstick with your attire  

Pick the right shade for your lips

The lively, melodious voice of Connie Francis immortalised the song `Lipstick on your collar.' But what is the ideal shade for our skin tone? Take the extra effort and choose the right shade of lip colour to match your complexion.

Choosing a lip colour

A lip colour should complement our skin tone; and not make it look garish. Select a shade that blends with your skin tone or enhances it. Hues of light pink, tinges of orange, shades of brown and copper look beautiful on dusky skin tones, while on fairer skin tones, glossy pink, peach, lighter shades of brown and copper look just as stunning. While dark maroon, pink and red tend to look garish, shades such as wine, plum and toned down maroons look classy. To match the era of glamour, pick up shades with gloss and light shimmer.

Lipstick by day and night

"Lipsticks should be such that compliment your skin tone, clothes, occasion and weather," says Rashi Barwal a fashion designer. "Especially in hot and humid places like Kerala, avoid too much of gloss as such climates can make your lips look excessively glossy. Best is to wear mattes in light pinks and browns. You could add a tinge of gloss for evening wear," adds Rashi. During the daytime, keep the shade of your lip colour muted. For evening wear, a light shimmer eye shadow, eyeliner and kajal, a glossy lip colour can make you look glamorous. It is advisable to keep a neutral gloss, glittery peach or bubblegum pink lip gloss, as these compliment any skin tone on any time of the day and attire. If you don't have a glossy lip colour, apply a matte shade and brush it on with a lip-gloss! You could also mix two shades of lip colours to make a unique colour to match your outfit. While buying lipstick shades, wherever possible, try and check the shade in natural light. As a result of the heavy white lights in a mall or a fashion store, the colour of the lipstick may look different. Most of the times, checking the lip colour in natural light may not be possible, but wherever you can, give it a shot. While buying a lipstick, smell it. It should smell fresh. If it smells stale or the perfume smells old, you know it's old stock. Also, a new lipstick should have lustre, if it looks pale and dry without its usual shine, that's another sign of an old lipstick. Usually, a good lipstick shall last you for about a year, so that's a pretty good shelf life for you to use your favourite lipstick to the fullest. Before applying lipstick, apply some Vaseline or a cream to moisten your lips. After you apply this moisturizer, complete your makeup and finally apply the lip shade. This way, the lip colour will spread evenly across your lips, without your lips looking stretched or cracked. Choose a lip liner matching your skin tone or a shade lighter than your lipstick. A lip liner is meant to enhance the Cupid's bow and make your lips look fuller. If you use a darker shade of a lip pencil your lip make up will look artificial, and this is something you wouldn't want. So what are you waiting for? Pick that colour and dazzle away with that smile.

* * * Lip liner * A lip colour should complement the skin tone. * During the daytime, keep the shade of your lip colour muted. Go for a glossy lip colour for the evening. A neutral gloss compliments all skin tones, any time of the day. * While buying lipstick always check the shade in natural light. * Smell a lipstick before buying it. It should smell fresh. * Before applying lipstick, apply some Vaseline or cream to moisten your lips. This will help the lip colour to spread evenly across your lips, without them looking stretched or cracked. * A good lipstick usually lasts for about a year.

TANYA MUNSHI

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