** DISCLAIMER : I did not list "Nudes" because I think having a Nude lipstick should be a given, so "Nudes" did not make the cut. **
Red - a very controversial color to wear. Some "beauty publications" have made charts on the "proper shade of red for your skintone" - and Blue Based Vivid Reds are NEVER recommended for "US" . For someone with less knowledge / experience with Makeup - they would just follow said chart and never experiment. Truth is , Dark women CAN wear bright Reds ! We do not have to be confined to Dark Reds with a Brown tint ( only if you choose to be of course) . Mally Beauty Warm Red is a lovely Satin Finish , NARS Velvet Matte Pencil in Cruella is a amazing Matte Red , MAC Ruby Woo is a Cult Favorite blue based Red that is popular amongst many . There is a confidence that a Red lip gives that is inexplicable , but if you do not own a vivid Red Lipstick , now is the time!
|MAKE UP FOREVER Rouge Artist Intense - #40 | Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss - 10 | Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick - A go go | MAC Matte Lipstick Limited Edition - Dangerous ( will be re-releasing soon) | Tarte Cosmetics Aquallilies for Tarte glamazon pure performance 12-hour Lipstick - Timeless (limited edition /discontinued) | Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss - 110 | NARS AUDACIOUS Lipstick - Lana ||
Orange ( and some shades of Coral were thrown in ) is a color many women think they can not pull off. Another Beauty Myth BUSTED! Oranges are very pretty on US ! Again , some colors may require a lip liner - sometimes a red makes a nice contrast. I love to pair MAC Dangerous with a Red Lip Liner , as well as NARS Audacious Lana . Shades like Kat Von D - A go go , I love to wear on its own - and its a Neon Orange ! It sounds risky , but the payoff is so worth it. The best way to explain a Orange lip is - you don't want to be as "serious" or "directly sexy" with a Red , you want to be fun be just as direct and bold just not the same way with a Red . Then opting for Orange is perfect - like while on Holiday , a fun night out , daytime , etc.... ( Reds are appropriate those times too - no rules !! ) .
|Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - Electric Pink | NARS AUDACIOUS Lipstick - Claudia | LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick - Showgirl | Tarte Cosmetics Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick - Whimsy | MAC Matte Lipstick - Candy Yum Yum | NARS Lipstick - Schiap |
Pink is my favorite color so of course I would list that you need a shade of Pink. Whether it be a Cool Pink like NARS Audacious Claudia or a bright bold like NARS Schiap or its budget friendly counterpart MAC Candy Yum-Yum , a Pink is necessary. As long as paired with the appropriate liner ( when necessary ) , these colors do not disappoint.
|NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick - Shocking Pink | Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick - R11 Love Test | Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick - Mystic | Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - Fuchsia Flash Matte | MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Flat out Fabulous|
Some would say , "but isn't this like wearing a Pink?" - and the answer is No. Shades of Fuchsia wear darker than a bright pink - although some colors above do look pink and are even named pink these colors are not true pinks. Yes they are bright , but have plum /fuchsia undertones. Fuchsia is perfect for when you want a bold bright lip ( like Lupita at Cannes) , but you don't want to do Pink. Shades like MAC's Flat out Fabulous , and Sleek MakeUP's Mystic are MUSTS haves.
|Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick - R24 (Discontinued) | MAC Matte Lipstick - Diva | Wet n Wild Mega Last Lips Color - Cherry Bomb 918D | MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Lorde Lipstick - Pure Heroine (Discontinued) | NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Train Bleu|
Deep shades whether it be shades of wines, purples, cranberries - tones that wear very dark but are not quite a full on black lip. Most would say this is a Winter/Fall appropriate color but its quite sexy to spice things up in the summer with a dark Vampy lip. NARS' Train Bleu is an amazing color if you have to choose one, and if you are on a budget Wet n Wild in Cherry Bomb is a great choice. I don't like to follow "rules" anyway !
If this post can convince just 1 woman to take a chance and play with color and have fun , I know I've done my job ! You don't need these much lipsticks as I have pictured, but if you have at least 1 from each color category you will be set for having the "basics" !
Happy Thursday !