Lipstick 101

Your ultimate guide to the perfect lip for the perfect occasion.Are you looking for the perfect red lip to match your little black dress? Can’t seem to find a nude lipstick that looks great with your skin tone? Well, look no more! This is your ultimate guide to the perfect lip for any occasion. Whether you desire a bold lip for your night out, or you’re seeking a softer shade best suited for your nine-to-five, these key beauty tips will help you along the way. Welcome to Lipstick 101! Moisturize – Always start by thoroughly moisturizing your lips. It’s important to keep your lips moisturized at all times, as lips tend to dry out quickly. Aveeno Lip Conditioner Essential Moisture SPF 15 and Blistex Lip Infusion SPF 15 are a couple of lip moisturizers highly recommended by experts. Cracked lips can easily show through any shade of lipstick, so remember to keep your lips healthy and moisturized for best results.

Nude Lippies – A nude lip looks great on all skin tones; however the key is finding a nude that best matches your undertone and doesn’t make you look washed out. Understanding your undertone is key. Cool undertones should stick with softer shades, such as Maybelline’s Nude Lust, whereas warmer undertones look great with peachy nudes and coppers, like Sugar Glaze by Milani. A nude lip allows all of the attention to be drawn to the eyes, so go for a nude lip when you decide to go bold on the eyes.

Pretty in Pink – Whether you are going for a rosy pink or a flashy hot pink, spring is the perfect season for a pink lip. Professional makeup artist Tiffany Hall-Scarmana recommends a peachy shade pink for fair to light skin tones and bright pinks for deeper skin tones. Revlon’s Kissable Pink is a lovely soft pink, and Maybelline’s Fuchsia Fever is a great bold pink that will make your lips pop this spring season!

Dark and Vampy – Mix things up and go dark and vampy for your night out! Make sure to moisturize your lips completely before applying dark lipstick. “Dark lipstick grips onto dry areas of your mouth that can result in an uneven look,” says celebrity makeup artist Charlie Green. Gently exfoliate your lips before applying a dark color to help with dryness. The smoother the lip, the easier the color will glide on. Try Black Cherry by Milani for a lovely deep cherry look. Also, you can use a lip pencil to line your lips and deepen the color for a darker effect.

MAC LipstickThe Red Lip – A classic red lip will never go out of style and will make a statement wherever you go. Blue-based and coral reds look great on fair skin tones, while deeper cherry reds go best with warmer skins tones. Ariana Grande’s makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla says red lips are best applied in layers. Fill in your lips all the way with a nude lip liner. Apply your lipstick of choice, and blot the excess product off with a tissue. Apply translucent powder on top of your lips, and then reapply the lipstick again, Chinchilla says. Ruby Woo, Russian Red and Viva Glam are a few of MAC’s top red lipsticks if you’re looking for the perfect red to steal the show!