Give 'Em Some Lip

Give 'Em Some Lip


How To Get Bright-Colored Lips

Step 1: Watch What You Eat

Step 2: Exfoliate Wisely

To get the right lipstick application, you first need a smooth, clean palette to start with. Just like your facial skin , it's important to exfoliate and moisturize your lips on the regular, says . First press a warm, moist washcloth against your mouth for a full minute to saturate lips before exfoliating. "Gently run a clean, never-used blunt toothbrush - dry, with a little water or with coconut oil - over the lips in small circular motions," she advises. "Or you can use a lip scrub. Sugar lip scrubs tend to be gentle, so work it into the lips using small circular motions for about 20 seconds. Then rinse it off with warm water," advises Oliver. "Start by exfoliating once a week, then gradually build up to once every three days, then once every other day," she adds. The goal is to get you and your lips accustomed to doing this treatment, and keep them from getting dry or flake-prone again.

Step 3: Find Your Shades

Now that you've got the perfect pouty palette to work with, it's time to find the right lip color for your skin tone. And while we're all about experimenting with any and all shades, there are certain hues that work best for you. Here's a little test to help you determine what undertones you have: Look at the veins on your wrists in natural light (by a window or stand outside). If they look blue, you have cool undertones. If they have more of a green tint, you're warm.

If Your Skin Has Neutral or Cool Undertones

For fair skin

Opt for pinky-mauve, nude or bright reds. "Try Maybelline's Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon in Pink Smooch , Refreshing Red or Playful Purple ," Oliver suggests. "I love that these are tints, and totally buildable so you get the color intensity you want." The coolness (or blue) undertones in pink and vivid red play perfectly off the pink undertones in your skin and help brighten a pale complexion.

For medium or olive skin with neutral undertones

For those with a deeper skin with neutral undertones

Warm Undertones

For light skin with warm undertones

For those with medium/olive skin

Try brown lipsticks, bronze, copper or brick reds. They add depth and warmth to your complexion. "Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 201 Cashmere is a personal favorite, with the 202 Milano shade being a slightly bolder version," says Oliver.

For those with deeper skin

Gold/Brown Undertones

For those with lighter skin and a golden undertone

Go with cherry pinks, says Oliver. "I cannot get enough of YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil Number 5 ," she raves. "It is buildable, soft, and definitely moisturizing."

If you have medium/olive skin with golden brown undertones

Go with a deep rose or berry like Lancôme Shine Lover Lipstick Inattendue , says Oliver. You might also love raspberry and shimmery light brown shades which add a sun-kissed glow .

For a deeper tones with golden-brown undertones

**What's your go-to spring lip shade? Spill in the comments below!

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