Beauty advice from Mingala

How do I choose a lipstick colour that suits my skin tone? I spend so much money on lipstick but can never get one that really suits me. Any advice?

Picking the right shade of lipsticks or lip gloss isn’t so complicated. The trick is to find a lipstick that looks good on your face when you are wearing absolutely no make-up. The most flattering lip tones will be one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour. To test shades, apply lipstick or gloss to one lip. If that colour is just a shade or two deeper than your bare lip, then you’ve found your shade. Check out all make-up near a window, where natural light shines through.

Red lipstick

Many of us wrongly believe we can’t wear red lipstick. Again the secret to choosing the right red lip colour is in the undertones. Pink-skinned girls should opt for cherry red. Those with olive skin can wear fire-engine red. Dark skin looks great with deep reds. When using red or bold colours, always use a nude lip liner, or one that exactly matches the colour you’re applying, to prevent it from bleeding. Don’t ever try to match lips to your outfit.

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You can create a great lip colour by blending lipsticks you don’t like. For lipstick that’s just a bit too bright, tone down the colour with a darker liner before applying a lipstick.

Use a lip brush when applying strong colours. You need a mirror and expert application so you don’t paint the outside edges of your mouth.

To keep lipstick from wearing off so fast, fill in lips with liner before applying lipstick. This acts as a colour base, so when the lipstick wears off you still have colour.

Call Mingala Natural Therapy Centre, Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone on (090 ) 6477770 if you have any further queries.

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