Brides: How to Choose the Right Color for lips?28 sept. 2012
As almost any women can tell you, a simple change of lipstick can transform your entire face from washed out to perked up; from prettily pale to darkly dramatic. But according to New York makeup artist Rochelle Weithorn, choosing the right lipstick for your wedding doesn’t need to be a difficult process. Follow these simple steps, she says, and arriving at the right decision will be a piece of cake.
FIRST, CONSIDER YOUR SETTING
“Your lipstick,” says Weithorn, “should match the time, place, and location of your wedding.” For instance, a deep brown red might look too harsh at a garden party, while it will fit right in at a more formal evening affair. The best rule of thumb: don’t stray too far from the color you wear everyday — you want to look like yourself, not a caked-on version of yourself.
THEN, CONSIDER YOUR PALETTE
Another thing about lipstick: it should blend with your overall makeup scheme. If your palette is in the pink family, consider a rosy lipstick, or maybe a light plum. If you’re wearing muted peach flowers in your hair, choose a warm brown apricot shade. This way, everything will work together.
Basically, there are four types of lipsticks: Cream (which has an opaque, satiny texture), Matte (characterized by a dull, no-shine finish), Sheer (a hint of color with subtle sheen), and Stain (the longest-lasting lipstick available, it’s both food-proof and kiss-proof).
Weithorn favors matte colors for weddings, since they last long without drying. She’s even put together a list of her favorites, all by Paula Dorf and available by calling (888) 4PAULAD, and divided them into three user-friendly families:
- Flamingo (pale pink)
- Rose Quartz (pinky brown)
- Caribe (rosy brown)
- Paradise (plum)
- Victorian (deep plum)
- Carnelian (apricot)
- Autumn (brown apricot)
- Toffee (soft pale cocoa)
- Festive (true red)
- Tabasco (brick red)
- Romance (Chinese red)
Keep in mind that the most flattering shades are the ones that bear some resemblance to your natural lips — nudes, roses, soft browns. And don’t forget to try your lipstick on before you buy it — the color often looks different in the tube than it does on your mouth.
The best way to test a shade is by wearing it without any other makeup. If it instantly perks up your face — your skin glows healthier, your eyes look brighter, your hair seems shinier — it’s the one. When you find it, you’ll know. Trust us.