Have you ever spent money on a lipstick that you’ve worn only a couple of times?
I know I have, and since that lipstick’s certainly not being stored on my lips, it’s sitting in that same old little tube that’s stored away deep in the back of a cluttered drawer.
Of course, I never anticipated that lipstick would be such a waste of money when I decided to buy it. I remember looking at the orange-ish Shade 12 of Kate Moss’ Lasting Finish lipstick while it sat on display in Shoppers Drug Mart and truly believing that it would look just as good on me as it did on the girl I met at the pre-drink two nights before.
But low and behold! I tried it on when I got home, looked in the mirror, and couldn’t help but mentally ask the troubling question: does this actually look okay, or did I just totally buy something I’m never going to wear?
Now, about two years later, I know that I did, in fact, buy something I was never going to wear. But I came across a simple test last week that will help to ensure I’ll never waste money on a lipstick again.
That simple test is the vein test.
The Vein Test
Basically, the vein test is an expert-free way to get an idea of what kind of under-tones your complexion has.
The method: You hold your arm out in natural daylight. Take a look at your veins. If they appear to be a purple colour, your skin has pink under-tones. If your veins appear to be more of a green colour, your skin has yellow under-tones.
The analysis: If you have pink under-tones, you can likely rock peach, orange or brick red. If you have yellow under-tones, any blue-based reds, pinks or fuscias are probably your lips’ best friends.
This test totally explains why I felt like that orange/coral Shade 12 never looked good on me. My skin has yellow undertones.
And now that you have a better idea of how you might be able to find the right shade of red lipstick, here are some tips and tricks on how to make it stay:
1. Buff away dry skin with a wash cloth before you apply
2. USE LIP LINER! I cannot stress this enough, especially if you’re applying a bright, bold red. If you have the time, apply a liner that matches your lipstick as closely as possible to get that flawless, defined pout
3. Apply the lipstick, blot with a tissue, and apply it again. This will generate massive long-lasting-staying-power.
A matte lipstick like MAC’s Russian Red is my personal favourite. It’s a bold red with blue-ish under-tones, and the matte finish helps it not fade away.
So there you have it!
With these tricks out in the open, EVERYONE can rock some red lipstick for Valentine’s Day!
Happy Friday, Snobs!
Stay fabulous. xo