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You’re never fully dressed without a smile—or lips coated in color. A basic in any cosmetic collection and an essential element of just about every makeup look, lipstick is undeniably important. In fact, chances are you own quite a few! A fascinating finish or vibrant hue can take your makeup to a whole new level. A bold red offers a sudden surge of confidence, while a dark burgundy can create an air of mystery. Because we’re such big fans of this makeup product, we’re sharing everything you’d ever want to know about it.
Thought every tube of lipstick was exactly the same? Uh-uh! In fact, there are quite a few different finishes—and each one can offer you something different.
Sheer: Add a wash of color to lips with a sheer tint. This finish is ideal for a natural look but can be layered with a few extra passes to build up a stronger shade.
Satin: Swipe across lips for a smooth, satin-y (go figure) texture, light shine, and major color payoff. This finish basically does it all, making it pretty perfect for any lip color novices.
Matte: These lipsticks dry down with zero shine and are seriously on trend right now.
Cream: A cream finish is the most widely available type, so chances are you’re familiar with it already!
Frosted: Packed with pearlescent shimmer, these lip colors aren’t for the faint of heart. While they might not suit your standard style, they’re perfect for adding a touch of glitz and glimmer on a special occasion.
Metallic: The trendiest lip look of 2017 is totally heavy metal. Metallic is the lustrous finish you’ll start noticing on your favorite style stars and want to start sporting yourself.
We live in a time when lipstick is available in virtually every color under the sun. But with such an overwhelming array of options out there, determining the right colors for you can often be a challenge. This task can be tackled—tribulation free—by determining your skin tone before going any further. Flip your wrist over and view your veins to judge whether your undertones skew more warm, neutral, or cool. Blue or purple veins reveal cool undertones, while green ones indicate warm. If you’re having trouble identifying whether your veins are more blue or green, chances are you have a neutral skin tone.
If you have cool undertones…you’ll look best when matched with neutral nude, pink, cranberry, and wine shades.
If you have warm undertones…try pale pink, peachy nude, and bronze hues.
Get ready to add some major color to your pout with the following lipstick choices.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive La Vie En Rose: Looking for your perfect pink? Look no further than this collection, which contains six sheer shades.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip: Want to take a risk? This lipstick is available in a variety of daring shades, like Lilac Lust and Navy Spy.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen: If you’re ready to hop on the matte bandwagon, try this lip pen in five easy-to-wear hues.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick: Whether you want to rock a nude, berry, or pink shade on your lips, this line has got you covered with 20 shades.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour: With 46 colors to choose from, you can wear a different one every day of the week!
Like with most makeup, applying lipstick can take a bit of practice. But you’ll definitely get the hang of it! For starters, before diving in, start with a bit of prep. Gently exfoliate lips with a damp washcloth or lip scrub to help remove dead skin cells and help your chosen color go on evenly.
As far as application goes, if you’ve decided to wear a matte formula or deeper tone, use a lip brush instead of applying lipstick directly from the tube—this will allow for more precision. Apply color around the edges of your lips first, then fill them in. If necessary, any messy edges can be cleaned up with a creamy concealer loaded onto an angled brush.
After applying, avoid the dreaded lipstick on teeth look by quickly sticking a fingertip between your lips and pulling out. This can help remove lipstick remaining on the inside of lips that risks being transferred to teeth.
Finally, to help set your look, hold a tissue over your lips and brush a translucent powder on through the tissue.
Sometimes, lipstick is better when its paired with another product, like one of the below.
Balm: Do your lips tend to get dry? Smooth on a thin layer of a hydrating balm before applying lipstick.
Lip liner: This product serves a variety of very useful purposes. You can use it to help prevent color from bleeding, create smooth edges, keep lipstick in place, and overdraw a fuller pout. Either match your liner to your lipstick or pick a white liner, which will work under any color. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner.
Gloss: You can help make any lipstick high-shine by adding a gloss over top. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss.
Ugh, don’t you hate how you often have to scrub, scrub, scrub to get every last bit of lipstick off? Next time, try using a micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Waterproof, which is suitable for use on face, eyes, and lips. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. There’s no rinsing required—just saturate a cotton pad and wipe it across your face or hold it over where you’re wearing makeup for a few seconds.