Selection Perfection
You picked the perfect shade to match your scarf and yet it does not look quite as breathtaking as you had hoped.  Why?  A lipstick has to look good, first and foremost, with your coloring: harmonizing with your wardrobe is secondary.   Both your hair and eye colors are key factors in choosing flattering shadesHere are some foolproof suggestions for your unique coloring:

BRUNETTE

eyes

suggested shade

blue

coral

green

clear red

hazel

tawny pink

light brown

rose/pink

dark brown

garnet

BLONDES

   

blue

beige pink

green

clear pink

hazel

pale peach

light brown

wood rose

dark brown

golden cider

REDHEADS

   

blue

transparent bordeaux

green

soft peach

hazel

gold copper

light brown

peach bronze

dark brown

bronze/gold

GRAY HAIR

   

blue

classic peach

green

soft peach

hazel

rose peach

light brown

classic peach

dark brown

clear red

Getting in Shape
 A combination of lip coloring and contouring is the most effective way to redefine the way Mother Nature shaped your lips.  It is also an area where the biggest blunders occur. Here are some techniques to achieve that sultry mouth:

For Thin Lips: Choose bright or strong colors or apply clear lip-gloss over your lipstick - avoid dark, dull, or matte colors. Use concealer to cover your natural lip line, powder lightly; then, using a lip liner, line your lips just a fraction outside your natural lip line. Thicken the new line until it covers the space between the line and natural lip line. Now fill in with lipstick.

For Medium Lips: Define the cupids bow or V-shape at the center of the upper lip along the natural lip line. Define the center bottom lip. Then draw a line, still along your natural line, from the outer corners in, to meet the centerlines. Soften these lines with a lip liner brush. Apply lipstick from the center out, then to the bottom lip sweeping color from corner to corner.

For Full Lips: Matte or muted lip colors will make the lips appear less full and smaller - avoid bright, glossy, or light colors. Apply a thin coat of foundation along your natural lip line, and then dust on a little face powder or yellow tinted concealing powder (evens out skin tones) around your lip area. Draw a fairly thick lip line just inside the natural lip line. Soften the line with a lip brush, and then apply lip color.

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