It may not be rocket science, but choosing the lipstick you wear day in and day out can feel daunting…or worse, boring (as in the same blah color you’ve been wearing for years). To find a fresh new shade, think out of the barely-there box. “Bright tones bring out your personality and are a great conversation starter,” says celeb makeup artist Tim Quinn, a favorite of Gwen Stefani and Kate Bosworth. So don’t save them for a big night out. Here’s how to break out of your daily lipstick grind and find a new gorgeous go-to.
Use color as a pick-me-up. A bold color can perk up your face faster than a supercharged latte, so try a sheer version of fuschia or coral to look instantly energized. If you have fair skin, go for a lighter, apricot shade like Yves Saint Laurent Pure Lipstick in Silky Apricot. Medium skin tones can go darker with rosier, brighter pinks like Ecco Bella Flowercolor Lipstick in Pink Rose. Dark skin looks great when a bit of purple is mixed into your pink (like Smashbox'Lip Tech Lip Color in Sangria).
Make red your signature color. With the right shade, red can be a classic, sophisticated everyday shade that lets you get away with wearing almost no other makeup (save for a swipe of mascara). Instead of focusing on your skin tone, use your eye color as a guide. For light brown, green and hazel eyes, try a red-orange tone like L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour in Volcanic. A true blue-red works great for blue eyes, and for brown eyes, try a berry toned red like MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo. Still nervous? Try a sheer version or stain instead of a cream or matte lipstick.
Think pink. Pick a sheer pink that’s a shade or two darker & brighter than your lip color to add warmth to your face. “It’s a very natural effect that looks modern and not fussy.” Save the heavy gloss and shimmer for nighttime, and stick to a creamy, soft shine for day.