Natural-Look Lips - Dilemma of the Week - Makeup - iVillage Beauty

I really need help finding the perfect shade of lipstick for the summer. I want to look like I'm not wearing any -- only better!

For the "not looking like your wearing any" look, appraise the natural state of your lips, the color of your gums, and, with much pride, the pinkish, tawny, or brown hue of your nipples -- though I do advise the latter when you're alone!

Seriously, by following nature's paintbrush, you learn what works best for you from your own body; it's a fine tribute to your own natural beauty. Then look for tones just a touch more vivid than your natural shade.

  • If you're a naturally pink girl, try a subtle blue-pink.
  • If you're a tawny girl, try a slightly beiger, tawny pink.
  • If you're a brown girl, try a tone that's slightly brownish with a yellow-orange hue, like ochre.
  • Skip lipsticks with glossy or shimmery qualities; they'll look artificial.

Remember, you're born with the perfect hue imprinted right on you! The challenge is to honor your natural tones with just the slightest bit of enhancement. (By the way, this color theory works with blush as well.)

Recommended Products:

Chanel Hydrabase Crème Lipstick in Violette
Gorgeous, blue-pink tone with a smooth, even texture.
Price: $21.50
Available: Department stores, Gloss.com, Sephora.com

Chanel Hydrabase Crème Lipstick in Brown Sugar
A soft, tawny beige with a semi-matte texture.
Price: $21.50
Available: Department stores, Gloss.com, Sephora.com

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Beige
Just a bit of yellow in this neutral beige-pink gives the ultimate natural look. For darker skin tones, try the Lip Color in Nude.
Price: $18
Available: Department stores, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com, Gloss.com

Bobbi Brown Lip Stain in Bare
The most natural pink for light-skinned women.
Price: $17
Available: Department stores, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com, Gloss.com

Bobbi Brown Lip Stain in Walnut
Definitely my favorite of late; an incredibly natural pink, just a step more blue than Bare, this will be a staple in my makeup bag this summer.
Price: $17
Available: Department stores, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com, Gloss.com

M.A.C Tone Lipstick in Touch
This pinkish coral with minimal shine is a classic; really flattering.
Price: $14
Available: (800) 387-6707, M.A.C, department stores, MACCosmetics.com, Gloss.com

M.A.C Satin Lipstick in Fluff & Frost Lipstick in Frolick
I mixed two lipsticks together -- Fluff on bottom, Frolick on top -- for a stunning beigey brown; so complimentary for brown-skinned women.
Price: $14 each
Available: (800) 387-6707, M.A.C, department stores, MACCosmetics, Gloss.com

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