Lipstick has to be one of the most important beauty products for a girl when she transitions into a woman. At least it was for me. I know the teenagers of today (wow I sound old!) Love makeup, and most of the time they look about 10 years older than me! But when I was younger, lipstick was one of those things only your mam wore, it never felt like something I could pull off, it was all about the lipgloss!
So, when I finally found myself wanting a lipstick I thought, “ok, I must have matured,” and with a fuller face of makeup (with decent brands!) wearing lipstick is a lot less intimidating. I really love a bold lip now and my collection is ridiculous! I just wanted to do a little post on how to get away with a bold lip if you’re a little bit nervous like I was because they really aren’t as scary as they seem!
One of my favourite dark colours is Rebel by Mac, I’m wearing it in the above picture and it’s very bold but surprisingly wearable. I’ve found that the key to rocking dark lips is to keep everything else very simple. Don’t use too many colours on the eyes, stay as simple as you can if you like a smoky eye like me, blend it out using greys and browns rather than black and steer clear of the liner, unless you want a really dramatic nighttime look. Currant tones are great if you want to try a bold lip but without the bright attention-grabbing shades like reds and purples.
I would advise against too much contouring, again unless you’re going on a night out and want that full-on drama. If you’re letting your lips take all the attention, a slight contour actually helps draw the attention to the lips but only along the cheekbones and under the jaw, don’t overdo it. Add some highlighter to brighten the rest of the face and your lips will pop.
If you’re feeling brave enough for a red lip, I would always go for full drama! A red lip is super sexy and bright enough that you can get away with dark eyes and eyeliner, I’m wearing L’Oreal True Red in Blake Lively’s shade and I love adding a sultry liner flick to complete this look. Red is a beautiful colour on everyone and the L’Oreal True Red collection is great for first timers, each shade is designed for the various spokeswomen’s skintones and hair colours including Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria and more so you’re guaranteed to find a shade with the right pigments for your skintone. If you’re pale like me, you should be able to pull of deep reds whereas orange reds suit darker skintones. When you’re buying, test a little on your wrist, the skintone here is closer to that of your face so you’ll get a better idea.
Pink is probably the hardest bold lip to rock, it’s just so bright and in-your-face, it’s a real statement colour. Dark fuchsia tones are generally easier to wear regardless of skintone while really bright pops of pink like the above YSL shade tend to suit paler skintones, although be warned they will draw lots of attention to your lips! I’m wearing Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague below and it’s quite a deep pink that gives a subtle pop of colour. These lip creams have a huge range of colours in eye-catching brights, natural nudes and bold dark colours. Brilliant choices for a softer lipstick finish.
Bold lips definitely take time to get used to. The first time you put it on you might want to rub it all off before leaving the house! It can be really intense but once you get that little bit of courage, and find the right shades, you’ll be hooked! I’m very into smoky eyes, I love letting my eyes take centre stage, but sometimes you just need that pop of colour on your lips to finish. If you’re nervous, start slowly, check out the Nyx range of lip creams, they’re so full of pigment but a lot less scary than lipsticks. Plus you can build up to a shade you’re comfortable with creams, whereas lipstick is intense from the get go! But ALWAYS test it out on your wrist before buying.