Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tips for Wearing Bold Lips

Have you always dreamed about wearing a truly bold lip color but are just too afraid to try?  You think you wouldn't know how to apply it, or what color to choose.  I understand.  I was there.  Until this last year, when I started to try to experiment with bolder colors. I fell in love and trust me, there is no turning back.  Since then I have come across a few tips that I would love to share with you.  Let's make a statement, ladies!!  Let's be fabulous!! And hopefully you can start wearing bold lips too!

Choose your color wisely.  Wearing bold lip colors will draw attention to your beautiful lips.  Wearing the wrong color is not the right kind of attention you want.  Here some tips when choosing a red:

Fair skin - Blue based
Dark complexion - Orange based, deep reds
Medium complexion - Anything goes!
*When in doubt, pick a true, classic red - it flatters everyone!*

Still not sure?  Go to a makeup counter at Macy's or Sephora and ask them to match the color best for you.  Wear it around for the afternoon and see how you like it.  Once you know you love it, and you will, buy it!  Make sure you wear it out in public at least 5 times to give it a true chance!

I also want to encourage you to try other forms of a bold lip.  For example, my current favorite is a hot pink by MAC.  It is definitely bold, but a nice alternative to red. 
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Start with clean, smooth lips.  As I am sure you have guessed, if your skin is cracking or chapped, it might not be the best time to try a bold lip.  Slightly exfoliate before applying

Apply with nude liner.  Using a red liner risks the color not matching and the color potentially bleeding onto your skin.  Remember the whole bad attention thing?  Ya, that would be it.

Be precise!  This is not a job for the review mirror!  Take your time in your mirror at home and apply neatly. Apply the lipstick to the center of your lip and then use a lip brush to smooth out to the nude liner.  Then make sure you have the products you need to reapply later in the evening if needed. 

Make sure everything is... clean.  You know the upper lip. Sometimes we just need to handle business up there.  Just a quick wax, bleach or Nair (whichever works for you) to take care of it.  You don't want attention drawn to your beautiful lips only to be drawn up a little bit to of a... well... a hairy situation.

Keep the rest simple. 
 The rest of your makeup should be very simple.  I would suggest not wearing them with a bold, smokey eye.  Unless you are Gwen Stefani, you want to make your lips the star of the show!   Some matte foundation, good concealer, and a natural eye with liner just on the top lid would be perfect.

Confidence!!  This should be number 1.  If you walk around like you own it and you've been wearing it all your life, guess what, people will think so!!  No one will know it took you an hour to apply and the reason you're in the bathroom every 7 minutes is to check if it's smeared.  Own it, rock it, know you look hot and I guarantee, you will.

I have put together a little video on applying bold lip colors.  I kept it short for all you busy ladies, so take a look! 

Have a great day!

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This post was originally posted over at The SITS Girls, but I thought I would share it with you all as well!  Hope you enjoy!


Carla said...

This was really helpful! Thanks so much :)

Vanilla - Notes from my closet said...

How cute is this video!! :) You are SO beautiful, Happy New Year!

Love, Vanilla

Anonymous said...

excellent post!!! and bold lips look fantastic on you!

i switch between wearing a bold lip or bold back and forth everyday on them :) i love a deep purple right now or a cranberry.

i think my only tip is to most everyone to get a bluer based color when pulling off a purple/cranberry color, regardless of skin tone. i have darker skin (well, i consider it pale now since seeing the sun like two times here in norway since i moved here) and very white teeth, but non-blue based lip colors tend to make my teeth appear more yellow. i think it is the case with most people, even celebrities. always important to try on before purchasing!!!!

Etcetorize said...

Great tips! Have you done a post on your eyeliner??? In your photos up top your eyes really stood out for me. Would love to see what tips you have~ Happy New Year!

Jessi said...

All of those colors look great but MAC's hot pink looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing your tips. :)

MiMi said...

Seriously! I love the bold lips, but I LOOOOOVE that hair!!

rebecca said...

thanks for sharing. i need the encouragement to go for the bold lips!

Chloe Jacqueline said...

Your video is great! I loved it! I love wearing bold lips because you can throw on some eyeliner, blush, and mascara, add your lips and your done! Your tips are perfect! Confidence is super important no matter what you wear =)

lilmoomoo said...

I LOVE a bold lip! sometimes I just wear it around the house. just because.

Also- rocked a serious red lip for my wedding :)
My make up artist told me I was her favorite all year because I did a bold lip and a winged eye!!

love this post!!


Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Great tips! I've been trying bolder colors for nights out. I'm always a bit nervous but the red hue is starting to grow on me.

You look great in all of these colors :)

Jamie Vigil said...

Hello! I just found your blog through a link up party. You are a beauty and I love your style. Following through FB. Jamie

Nat and Holly said...

Just found your blog at the Pity Party... love the idea of trying a bold lip color! I have really fair skin and dark hair. I'm always worried that it will look too dark, but now you've convinced me to try it :) Thanks!! Love your blog!

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

I am featuring you today during sticker time!

Michelle said...

Love this. I would love to rock a red, but I always feel like I can't pull it off with my fair skin.

Sandy a la Mode said...

loving the red lips! i am not brave enough to pull it off!

Jeanna said...

You look amazing! Now I'm very inspired to go bold..

Jeanna @

Anonymous said...

I put both hot pink and red lipstick on my Christmas list...I wonder if I will get any?! (I realize Christmas is past...we haven't yet opened the gifts from hubs' side of the family though ;-)

Jennifer said...

Well shame on me for just now watching your very cute, very creativity video!! Loved it! I was trying to find where and if you state the name of that shade of red! It looks so awesome on you! Thinking about giving it a whirl!


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