Have you ever seen a pair of lips that were THE PERFECT COLOR YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR and asked about the lipstick, then tried said lipstick and it looked completely different!?
I sure have.
One lip color can look drastically different on one mouth compared to the next.
Here are the main reasons why:
1. There is a WIDE range between natural lip colors.
Even very opaque lipsticks can be altered by the color you are beginning with on the lips.They can range to almost skin color to dark purple to ruby red even in their barest state. So if you saw the most gorgeous color and she told you she’s wearing something that turns out to be mostly sheer you can bet it won’t look the same on you. She’s got genes to blame for that rather than lipstick:)
2. Skin tone also changes everything!
Put a bubblegum pink lip on a porcelain face and you might get the sweetest pop of powder pink. Put it on a tan or ethnic beauty and you’ve got a glow in the dark avantgarde look. As well are well aware the color surrounding a color is what gives it context. A true red on one woman might be full throttle orange on another.
3. Lip shape has a part too.
As if it wasn’t individual enough as it is there’s also the issue of lip shape at play here. For instance a single shade nude lipstick might look perfect on a pair of puckers that is naturally “pouty” and sticks out from the face because it creates a shadow therefore differentiating the nude lip from the rest of the face…while that same color on a woman of the same skin tone might completely disappear if her lips are more flush with her face.
SO are we all just stuck with ever trying to get the lip color we want?
No ma’am! It just might take a little more experimenting if you’re looking for something super specific!
One of the best ways to do that is to get yourself a lip palette! One of the keys to getting the lip color that is perfect for you is mixing a couple together. Try using a darker or cooler color around the edges or mixing two colors together on the whole lip. This also gives you the opportunity to try a color (or mix of colors) that looks like it totally won’t work for you and falling in love with it. Lip colors can be incredibly deceiving in the tube!
If there was any time of year that would be perfect for getting one it would be NOW. There’s so many palettes that are around for Christmas at a great price and it would make a great item for your santa list! Bobbi Brown Palette (the one I’ll show you in this post) is a great one to try for those who like mostly neutral lip colors, another that looked like a great variety is this Smashbox one.
Here are some swatches and some different lip colors I got out of my palette (the mixes are endless!) As I hit on above these colors will probably not look exactly the same on you, this is more an example of the different options available in one palette and the basic tones of the colors:)