7 Lipstick Commandments to Follow ...

Alright ladies, when it comes to choosing or wearing lipstick, there are 7 "lipstick commandments" that you should follow. Perhaps you refrain from wearing lipstick because you aren't sure how to find your right shade, or you just don’t think you can pull it off. But trust me, you are not alone. So, I have put together this little list of lipstick commandments to help you get rid of those worries, and get you ready to flaunt some lip color with confidence!

1. Exfoliate and Moisturize ...

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Exfoliate lips once or twice a week to remove any dry or dead skin. You can either buy a scrub or make your own (my favorite recipe consists of brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey). Apply scrub to lips in small, circular motions for 1-2 minutes and rinse with a warm washcloth. Follow this step with a moisturizing lip balm to prevent lips from chapping, and to give your lips a nice, soft, smooth base. Nowadays lipsticks have moisturizers in them, but I still prefer to use a lip balm first because the more you moisturize, the healthier your lips will look! Follow this, the first of my lipstick commandments, and you'll have soft, kissable lips before you even apply your lipstick!

2. Coordinate with the Rest of Your Makeup ...

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For instance, if you are going for a dramatic eye, keep your lips natural and opt for nude or light pink lip. Pink lips can work with pretty much every eyeshadow, but they are the best to wear if you are flaunting purple, blue, or green shadows. And finally, when it comes to red or deep toned lips, stick with natural shades like browns and gold, and/or a simple black eyeliner.

3. Decide Which Effect You Want ...

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Matte lipsticks make a bold, strong statement and are great when worn at night. Sheer lipsticks give a hint of color and can be worn pretty much anytime, and they are also great for dry lips because they are moisturizing. Cream lipsticks provide rich color much like matte lipstick, but give a little hint of shine, and can be worn both day and night. And then there are shimmery lipsticks, which give a nice, sparkly, fun glow and are great for parties and festive occasions.

4. Figure out Your Skin Tone ...

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This step is key, and all you have to do is take a look at the veins on your inner wrist. If they appear blue, then you have a cool skin tone. If they appear more greenish, then you have a warm skin tone. Shades of lipstick with yellow and orange undertones will suit warm skin tones, while light pinky reds, blue-toned pinks, and blue-toned reds will suit cooler skin tones.

5. Find Your Perfect Shade …

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When choosing a natural nude or light pink lipstick, you should go NO MORE than two shades darker than your natural LIP color. Only darker pinks and reds should be chosen based on the undertones of your SKIN tone. Cool/ soft pinks work best with cool skin tones, and warm/ darker pinks usually work best with warmer skin tones. When choosing reds, look for rosy reds if your skin is pale, look for red corals if you’re fair, look for true red if you’re medium, and look for deep colors like wine and burgundy if you’re darker.

6. Use a Lip Liner First …

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Try to find a lip liner that best matches your shade of lipstick. Because lip liners are thinner and more precise, using one first helps outline your lips so that you don’t wander out of your natural lip shape. Be careful not make the outline too harsh or extend it all the way out to the corners of your mouth because it can look a little clownish. Then go ahead and fill in the rest of your lips with your lipstick. You can also use a highlighting liner on your top lip to help define your cupid’s bow.

7. Blot, Blot, BLOT!

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This is important because it prevents your lipstick from transferring onto your teeth - yuck! To blot correctly, simply press a piece of toilet paper onto your lips. DO NOT place the paper in between your lips because this will cause uneven wear out. Another safety measure to take in order to prevent lipstick from sticking to your teeth is to wrap your lips around the tip of your index finger and pull it out of your mouth. The lipstick that comes off is from the center of your lips that would have otherwise ended up on your front teeth.

So there you have it! Those are my 7 commandments to follow when dealing with lipstick. Oh, and it is also a good idea to stay up-to-date on what colors and shades are most popular each season, since they often change. But I am curious to know if there is anything you do differently. Are there other rules that you follow, different regimens you have, or different DIY scrub recipes that you use? I would love to hear them! Feel free to share your wisdom and helpful hints with the rest of us in the lipstick wearing world.

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