Lip service

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Lip serviceThe hottest colours at weddings over the past two seasons couldn’t be further from one another. Ravishing red and naturally nude have come a long way from their original starting blocks to knock the socks off what we consider fashionable for wedding make-up.

Ravishing red

Red lips have signified glamour from the earliest days of Hollywood. Stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe paved the way for red lipstick and these days Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and Dita von Tease lead the way. The easiest way to know what shade of red will suit you best is by comparing it to your natural skin tone. There may be a few tones that suit your skin tone, but the best way to judge is the following:

• Darker skin tones should stick to shades of plum, deep and mahogany reds. These shades prevent your skin from looking darker against the colour of your lipstick. The colour should enhance your natural tones not change it.
• Medium or olive skin tones can get away with richer or cherry red tones. With the help of a natural tan, these reds will bring out the natural glow of your skin.
• Fair skin ladies are the luckiest of the bunch because you have so many options. You can go for coral reds to deep reds and the tones are hardly ever a concern. A tan looks glowing and pale skin looks youthful. Remember not to overdo it with the rest of your make-up and to soften the look on your big day by keeping the rest of your make-up neutral.

Use a lip pencil in the same shade as your lipstick and colour in your entire lip. Top this off with your lipstick – this will make sure you don’t overdo it when you need to reapply. Your lipstick will also last longer.
Matte shades last much longer than glossy shades, so instead of using a completely glossy lipstick, use a matte one and finish with a small dab of lip gloss. The latest in the matte trend are chubby sticks that look like pencils, but are actually lipsticks. Easy to apply and store away and they come in amazing summer colours.

Naturally nude

Nude lips have been the epitome of purity and glamour throughout the years. No matter how dramatic the era, the lips seemed to have followed. The 60’s saw colour blocking, heavy liner and creamy nude lips walk the streets from London to New York.

This look can be achieved in so many ways from a lipstick to a gloss. Make sure that your lips are smooth when you are opting for nude colours because they show your flaws so much easier. Keep the look simple by pairing your pencil and lipstick in the same shade. Some women love to have a darker outer line than the insides of the lips, but to achieve this remember not to go more than a shade darker than your own lip colour. Some lipsticks can dry out your lips so run your toothbrush under warm water and gently use it to brush off dry skin.

Moisturise with a lip balm before applying your lipstick. For lip gloss options, use a product that’s not too thick. Often lip gloss tends to cake in the corners of your mouth leaving it looking untidy, so to avoid this, clean the inside of your lip after your application and only apply a second coat to the middle of your lips. Youthful appearances are easy to maintain with these colours so try and keep the colour simple to avoid messy lines, over use of product or thick lipstick smeared all over your mouth.

Try a slick of liquid liner across the lid and soft pink shades of blush across the cheek for simple elegance or create a mysterious look with smoky eyes and nude lips and cheeks. The options are endless so have fun!

Image: stryjek/

Written by

Adele Ross is a senior stylist at Spoilt Hair and Beauty Salon based in Green Point, Cape Town. Her love for hair started when she was a little girl, and has been in the hair dressing trade for roughly 10 years, working as a professional stylist and a make-up artist. Spoilt Hair and Beauty Salon is a boutique hair and beauty salon specialising in cutting and styling, colour, hair extensions, hair and scalp nourishing treatments, manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. Call 021 434 7112 for more info.

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  1. AndreaM

    I wish I could wear lipstick, my eczema is on my lips so I cannot stain my lips at all :(

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    I will go nowhere without my dark lipstick. Makes one feel better and feminine!

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Mastering a red lip and even a nude one takes practice but its worth it.

    5 years ago •

  1. makera

    I am dark skinned and my lips are a bit darkish. I have been looking for a lipstick that would look natural on me, any ideas?

    5 years ago •

  1. Zah

    Not everyone can rock red lips. I prefer nude lips, simple and sexy!

    6 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    Servicing your lips is important ladies

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Apparently red lipstick gets mens attention for 7seconds longer than any other shade too.. ;)

    6 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    I always just use natural colors, like light browns / light pinks. Tips above however are very helpful.

    6 years ago •

  1. mahomed

    I’ve noticed a rich colour really does look good.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mikki

    Never been crazy for red lips… looks good on some people though!

    6 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    Loved these tips – I agree with CharlieW a nude lip is still best I think and you don’t have to worry about continually touching up lipstick.

    6 years ago •

  1. miss_hle

    I recently started using lipstick and these tips will really help. Thank you.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I’ve been a firm supporter of the natural look – No red for me, thanks

    6 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    Great article! I love trying out new shades of lipstick, but know the ones that suit me well. I’m not into brownish colours. Love pinks and coral colours.

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    love lipsticks and an cheaper alternative to the chubby stick is the revlon lip stain balm

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Great tips…I hardly put on any lipstick…I’m a labello girl

    6 years ago •

  1. Antoinette Naidoo

    Oooooh I do love a red lips

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I definitely prefer a lighter shade of lipstick – red is a bit stark on my thinner lips. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    Would love to try a nude lip. Have done red and pink so think it’s time for something different :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I didn’t know that I can use almost all shades of lipstick, always stick to the one I know is good and never tried to experiment too much with it.

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    I completely agree with Livvy , we need to match lipstick shade with skin tone. Indian brides wear reddish tones dresses so am sharing the tips for red lips with few tobe brides.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I prefer nude lips, thanks for the info

    6 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    Great tips! Thx! I still love a nude lip for brides – soft, natural and elegant :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    Ladies we need to take note of these tips. they’re a life saver cause we dont always match our lipstick with our skin tone and this info helps.

    6 years ago •

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