Alright – so you’ve cleaned out your makeup bag and edited your stash. Now it’s time to determine your signature lipstick.
Day 2 : January 2
A signature lipstick is best defined as that one lip colour – whether it be a gloss, a stain or a modern matte formula – that makes you feel the most confident. Think Gwen Stefani’s bright red, or Jennifer Lopez’ effortless nude. It’s the shade that you always rely on to bring your whole look together and it should always be flattering whether you’re wearing a full face of makeup, or nothing but moisturizer. It’s the colour you get the most compliments on, and the colour that makes you smile when you apply it.
You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you to pick out your signature lipstick if its a colour or shade you’re constantly wearing. Well, here’s the thing : you probably have several different variations of your signature shade. For example, I love a nice plum … but I have about 5 variations of it. Same goes with bold pinks … and don’t get me started on red.
Your job today is to nail it down to one specific tube or pot of everyday hotness.
First : Determine what shade it is – is it a dusty rose or an electric pink? A sweet mauve or a deep violet? Is it a subtle warm you up nude … or fire engine red? Whatever shade you choose in the end, it should be a charmeleon colour – you’ll feel just as proper wearing it at the grocery store as you would during a girls night out, and it never looks out of place on you!
Second : Get the right tone. Again, if you are a hoarder of lipsticks like I, chances are you have several versions of the same shade which simply vary in tone. For example, you might have reds that are a bit more brown, and others that are more orange or blue. A nude might have a little more pink or peach in it than the next one. It might be silly and you may be thinking “red is red and I can apply whichever one I grab first”, but tone makes a difference because it will make your lipstick look like its an extension of your look, style, and taste … not something you are simply wearing like an accessory.
Third : Choose your best formula. This step is somewhat optional since most of the time finding the right shade and tone ends up being one specific lip product from a brand, but sometimes you find the right colour but unfortunately the formula is all wrong for you. Or perhaps the brand and shade you have chosen DOES offer options of the same shade in different formulas. The best way to choose the formula is to determine what is easiest for you to wear. A minimalist might prefer a sheer glossy formula, whereas someone who loves to make a statement prefers a stain or matte. Choosing a formula that is friendly to you and your lifestyle is the difference between wearing out a tube over 3 months rather than 3 years.
So, you’ve nailed down shade, tone and formula in the form of a shiny tube of lipstick, what now? Carry it with you everywhere. Build makeup looks around it. Replace it before you hit the bottom. This will forever be the shade that you use when you need anything.
Need to get ready in five minutes and you just got out of the shower? Apply it.
Need some courage before a big meeting at work? Apply it.
Need to look perfect when your crush unexpectedly asks you out? Apply it.
You’ll be super surprised at how a tube of lipstick can change your life.
TIP : If you love love love a lipstick, buy two. One for the vanity table and one for the purse.
HOMEWORK : Sometimes, and I know plenty of women whom this is happened to, a signature shade gets discontinued for no reason … and your world will feel like its crumbling all around you and you have nothing to live for. It’s like super tragic. So, keep your eye out for dupes (shades that are super similar) to your chosen lipstick and take note of the brand and name of the shade. Keep these handy in case of a lip-threatening emergency.