Lipstick advice

on Jan 07, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

So, my lips are very plump. Im talking more than Megan Goode/Angelina Jolie plump but all my sample sites have been giving me these great looking lipsticks in shades that are just so out of my comfort zone. I mean they are really nice (coral, cherry red, darkish pink) but I tried them once and feel like I look crazy. I'm too self conscious to wear them in public I asked a few people how they look and got mixed reviews. Advice? I really like the shades but I know they aren't meant for everyone. Is this a comfort issue or could my fears of looking like Ronald McDonald be real?

8 Replies

Rock it if you love it! on Jan 08, 2013 @ 12:01 am

I am very envious of your plump Jolie lips! Lips of any size can rock any color as long as it didn't clash with other makeup or your skintone.

It can make you more comfortable to keep the rest of the makeup on your face more neutral/natural and the pop of color be on your lips. I personally love a bright lip because it's a quick way to give your face some color without too much effort.

I don't think you have anything to be afraid of, apply carefully, make sure your teeth are clean and rock those luscious lips!

JEALOUS on Jan 08, 2013 @ 10:28 am

I have the tiniest mouth ever so I am CRAZY jealous right now.

Don't shy away from these colours, embrace them! Just experiment and find the right shade for your skintone and if you're feeling self conscious about having such a distinct feature, then focus only on your lips and keep the rest of your face minimal.

To start off, maybe go with a not to bright/bold shade like like a softer pink and when you get braver go for red!

ombre lips on Jan 08, 2013 @ 10:54 am

Hey you lucky duck ... I'm with alexjc; so jealous!! I have standard sized lips but I imagine with age they'll start shrinking :( So I'm very jealous of your voluptuous sexy lips!! If I were you I would totally rock every colour I want on them lips, but I can understand how you might feel self conscious so here are some tips.

1) Balance your lips by emphasizing your eyes. I don't mean go crazy on eye colour, but just line your top lid with something pigmented and sparkly (like Sephora waterproof jumbo liners), and bright some of that colour along with some black / dark brown onto your lower lash line. Pop on an awesome mascara. This gives attention to your eyes without going too dark/crazy.

2) Try ombre lips! If you are really self conscious about your sexy big lips then ombre them out. It will give the illusion of smaller lips.
Here is a great video on how to do ombre lips. The tutorial is for bright coral/orange ombre but you can use the same technique for whatever colour you choose. Here's the tutorial.

Hope these suggestions help! :-)

Make it work for you! on Jan 08, 2013 @ 11:23 am

Hi there! I too have had some confidence issues wearing colors that I just can't live without. I have found though, that almost every color I was unsure about had a similar color that was either slightly brighter, or darker which helped me get in to a better comfort zone, but still rock the shade I wanted to rock! Hope this helps! :)

Ali de Bold
Start subtle on Jan 08, 2013 @ 01:55 pm

I think starting off with a bold colour might be a bit much for you to get used to, so why not start with a more subtle shade of the colours you are drawn to? Maybe even a sheer version of it. I think bright colours are universally flattering, but you have be comfortable.

great on Jan 08, 2013 @ 09:47 pm

Excellent advice, all of you! If it helps I have an olive skin tone but I'm plus size and things that usually look good on little women look horrible on us! I absolutely love light pink, sheers are my go too because my skin tone but I did want to progress into a more bold look just to use my freebies (lol). Thanks for all your advice.

Baby steps! on Jan 09, 2013 @ 03:25 pm

As everyone has mentioned, JEALOUS of your big lips! I can understand your fear of the bright colours, so start small like ali-de-bold said. Try something that's only a few shades lighter or darker than your natural lip colour to get a feel of how it will change your face (you'll notice you'll need to alter your usual eye makeup/blush/bronzer application to flow with the new colour), then work up from there! I have an olive skin tone as well and find that bright reds and me just don't get along, but I love deep mauvey reds and plums. In the winter I always go for a dark plum (my staple colour) and it looks really nice with a smokey eye for going out. In the summer I find peachy pinks are really pretty too!

Another way to ease into colour is using something like Clinique Chubby Stick, because it's applies like chapstick and gives amazing colour.

thanks on Jan 09, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

Great advice all! Lissag I will definitely try your idea of the deep colors. I did thay in my younger days (haha younger, because 30 is so old right) but started opting for more neutral safe colors.

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