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Lipstick

makeupMary Andrewsbeauty
Lipstick
 

It's makeup's cherry on top.  If you've spent your life in fear of choosing the wrong color or getting it on your teeth, this guide's for you.  Time to grow up and get your stick on.  


INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

Parabens (methyl-, propyl-, etc.) are commonly used as preservatives but have been linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, and allergic reactions.  Retinoids (i.e. vitamin A) are on the "no-no" list for pregnant women as it has been linked to birth defects.  And exposure to artificial colors has been linked to nervous system damage.  Do your homework and read your labels!   (Here's how.)  Or, buy your beauty products from a brand you know steers clear of toxic ingredients.  


OUR PICK

ILIA's Tinted Lip Conditioner feels absolutely divine going on - it's super smooth and moisturizing.  Plus the colors are beautiful.  Try "Nobody's Baby" for everyday and "Bang Bang" for fun.   

ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner, Net-A-Porter, $26

We also tried... Beautycounter's Lip Sheer colors are beautiful but slightly drying.  Burt's Bees' Lip Crayon is wonderfully affordable and moisturizing but the colors aren't quite on-point.


FIND YOUR SHADE

  • Start by identifying whether your skin tone is cool or warm.  Take a look at the veins on the underside of your wrist: if they have a blue hue, you have a cool skin tone.  If they have a green hue, you have a warm skin tone.  If you’re somewhere in between, you can go either way!

  • For cool skin tones, stick with pink or berry colors.  For warm skin tones, give salmon, peach and coral colors a try.  

  • Anyone can wear a bold lip.  Simply start with a suggested hue for your skin tone and then vary the intensity.  In other words, a coral lip will look great on warm skin tones, regardless of whether it’s subtle, sheer or bright.

  • For a nude lip, try a color slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone.  Cool skin tones look great with a soft pink, warm skin tones should try warm, beige tones.


TO USE

... and how to keep it off your teeth!

  1. Exfoliate, moisturize, repeat.  The smoother the surface, the better your lipstick will go on.
  2. Apply lipstick starting in the middle of your lips at your "Cupid's Bow."  Use your finger (or a coordinating lip liner) to smooth the edges and carry the color to the creases of your lips.  
  3. Blot your lips with tissue to remove excess color.  This ensures your color stays on your lips, not your teeth.

Keep in mind that bold colors require that you reapply more often to keep your coverage in tact.  Light and nude colors are low-maintenance, comparatively speaking. 


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