The infamous “kissy face.” I mean let’s face it – we all do it at least once in our lifetime. So how about the next time you go to get the camera, or open up Photo Booth, you grab a stick of your finest red. I’m not usually the lipstick type and I’ve normally just resorted to Softlips as a way of finishing off my daily makeup routine. But recently I’ve started to envy every girl that could pull off a fabulous red lip!
Not only do I think some added lip color could take an ensemble from glitz to glamorous – I also believe there is an element of sassiness in sporting the latest shade. So I worked up the courage to go out and purchase some daring colors. By “daring” I mean something that wasn’t going to make me look like a clown.
I figured out the key in finding the perfect shade is also being able to find a color that you’re comfortable wearing. Now I know that sounds pretty customary, but sometimes girls go out on a whimsical limb, buying the latest bright orange. Nothing against orange, I am all about testing the water! But I’ve discovered that in order to wear the shade like you own it, you’ve got to love it.
As a new buyer of lipstick, I decided to start off somewhat simple and basic. I purchased two Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks in Raspberry Bite and Certainly Red. Now, for me, these two colors seemed somewhat basic when I bought them (keeping in mind everyone will be different). Testing the shades with my skin tone, I found that these two would add just enough “oomph” to my lips without looking too out of place.
Now for the test run. I decided to put on some Certainly Red first, as the Raspberry Bite appeared a bit bolder than the classic red. As I put on the Certainly Red it looked too intense. With no further thought, I smudge on some Raspberry Bite over the top. Now I was ready for my close-up.
As I sat there, realizing I had just discovered the ins and outs of finding the perfect lipstick, I understood the undeniably classy feeling one gets from a simple alteration in their makeup routine. By working up the courage to add some drama to my outfit, I went from “calm and collected” to “sassy and chic.”
All it takes to finding the perfect shade is discovering what you feel comfortable in wearing. I tested the shades I liked and then ended up combining the two. To no surprise – I felt the need to make the classic “kissy face.” Finally, I was wearing the shade like I owned it - simply because I loved it!
By Samantha Dickson.
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