Gone are the days when lipstick was used exclusively by stage performers and women over the age of 40. It’s been a gradual transition, but if you look around, you’ll notice that most women have exchanged their sheer, sticky lip-glosses for the sophistication of bold lipsticks. As dazzling as glosses may be, they go straight from your lips to the rim of your coffee cup in just one sip. Lipstick, on the other hand, wears loud and proud all throughout your busy day, and then some.
At first, stepping into this foreign territory may be daunting. Jumping right to a Taylor Swift red or Katy Perry fuchsia lip is something you may want to ease into. But I encourage you to brave the unknown and find the lipstick that works for you. A great lip color can be the cherry on top of a fabulous outfit, and the perfect pick-me-up when your day starts to dull. When you know that your makeup looks great, it’s hard not to walk with your head a little higher all day long.
After you’ve committed to the world of lipstick, the next challenge is navigating the thousands of brands and shades. When it comes to your lips, “one shade fits all” does NOT apply. If you find a few colors that work with your complexion, you can change your lip to fit your look and mood. Every so often I treat myself to the high-end brands, but I’ve found that a lot of drugstore options are equally as fabulous. So, show your lips some love and give them the attention they deserve. I promise, it’s an investment that’ll never do you wrong!
Revlon Super Lustrous ($7): Moisturizing and locks in color, applies very opaque and offers a huge assortment of shades.
Shades to try: Mink, Berry Haute
CoverGirl Lip Perfection LipColor ($7): The color is so rich that you only need one stroke! They also claim that after 7 days you’ll notice that you have softer lips!
Shades to try: Rapture, Heavenly
Maybelline ColorSensational LipColor ($8): Creamy texture that has that perfect amount of shine without looking wet and sticky.
Shades to try: FifthAve Fushia or Tinted Taupe
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Intense Wear ($7): Long-lasting and the perfect consistency. You won’t even know you have lipstick on! Perfect for lip-color newbies.
Shades to Try: In Vogue, Pink Blush
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34): A personal favorite! This one glides on like a dream and has a beautiful glossy finish. Each tube has a mirror on top to ensure a perfect application! I promise, one application and you’ll be in love.
Shades to try: Nude Beige, Forbidden Burgundy
Shades to try: Up The Amp, Pink Nouveau
NARS Semi Matte Lipstick ($24): Gives instant body to your lips and comes in fun, daring shades.
Shades to try: Catfight, Funny Face
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.50): A sleek, satin feel that only takes one stroke to get great color! Truthfully, Chanel can do no wrong in my book!
Shades to try: Admirable, Imagination
Shisheido Shimmering Rouge Lip Color ($25): This one has the intensity of a lipstick but feels more balm-like. The thin stick is super easy to apply to small lips
Shades to try: Temptress, Opal
Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick ($26): This hidden gem won’t flake off and gives your lips an instant plump. It also won’t smudge or fade! Perfect for a long day a work or a dinner out with friends.
Shades to try: Inspired, Foxy
Bobbi Brown Rich LipColor ($24): A new formula by the make-up goddess aimed to get your lips noticed. Bold color with a light-weight feel and lots of shades for those of you looking for a subtle, chic look. Bobbi knows her neutrals better than anyone!
Shades to Try: Uber Beige, Soft Coral
Have a lip color that you just can’t live without? Feel free to share your beauty favorites and any other tips for looking good and feeling great! Spread the word and share with your friends on Twitter and/or Facebook!