Every day, makeup lovers everywhere must face the daily challenge of choosing one lipstick to wear to complete their look. The selection process is different for everyone. Some make their decision based on their mood, while others choose based on their overall look, occasion, or finish. There is no right or wrong way to approach this decision and without a doubt, the more options you have, the more difficult it becomes! While the selection process never becomes easier, there are certainly many ways to simplify and streamline it in order to choose shades that you love and are perfect to wear all year long!
1. Keep it simple and neutral with the nudes.
Earth-tones lipstick shades are always the safest choice because they are perfect for every season and occasion! There is never a wrong reason to reach for them and no one will ever accuse you of playing it safe! They perfectly compliment more natural makeup looks and will not distract from your carefully selected outfit! Shades like beige, browns, terra cottas and soft mauves are flattering on almost every skin tone and with so many shades to choose from, the only problem you will have is narrowing down your options to only one! If you tend to gravitate to nudes and more natural colors, investing in a lipstick palette might be a great option for you. Not only do these palettes include multiple colors with varying shades, finishes and textures, but you can easily combine multiple colors (two or three) for a unique look! Plus, they are usually compact and can easily be carried around in your purse or bag so you can touch up your makeup throughout the day!
2. Wanting a bright pop of color? Reach for your pink shades!
While brighter and more coral shades are usually reserved for the warmer months, they can still be worn throughout the year into the fall and winter! Pinks (whether bright or soft) are arguably the most universally flattering color on everyone! There are many colors beyond “Barbie pink” that are perfect for every outfit and occasion! If you need that perfect pop of color to complete your look or brighten your mood, pink is the perfect way to go without being too overwhelmingly bold! However, if you are feeling particularly brave or do not care what others think (as you should not), opt for a shade you would not usually wear, swipe it on and rock it with confidence!
3. For those brave souls who dare…break out the darks, blues, greens, and beyond.
The best part about bold shades, no matter the texture, color or finish, is that there are no rules! They are not subject to seasons or occasions since their whole purpose is to stand out from the other shades and break the mold! There are no limitations to the options of bold shades to choose from since there is a shade from every color category included! These are fun shades you can wear anytime, anywhere! While they certainly are more on the wild side than neutrals or even pinks, they are arguably more enjoyable to wear! If you want to wear white, yellow, blood-red or black lipstick shades, go for it!
4. For a classy and elegant look that will never go out of season or style, break out your red shades!
Red is one of the most eye-catching shades without being too overbearing while still staying professional all at once. Many of us have dreamed of the day we could finally wear red lipstick for years before it finally happened. Though it is more difficult for some to find their perfect shade of red, the time invested is well worth it when you finally wear your perfect red for the first time! This shade never disappoints and is perfect to wear at work, a girls’ night out, or can be that perfect pop of color to brighten your day! There are usually two or so shades that suit everyone so whether it is a warm summer day or the middle of winter, you can pull out your favorite shade without worrying about if it is in season or not!
5. Pucker up with your plums and purples.
While these shades are more difficult to pull off than some of the other color groups on this list, those that find their perfect purple look amazing wearing it! Though there are not as many options for purple and plum shades, there are still baby steps you can take when testing them out for the first time! If you want to play it safe, you can choose to go for softer shades like mauves or the shades at the end of the spectrum like plum reds! Or you can just go for it and reach for lilac and lavender shades! No matter which way you decide to go, wear your purples with confidence!
And finally, you could always bare it all and let your lips go au naturel.
No matter what time of the year it is, your natural lips will always be in season! There may be a day (or even a week) where you do not feel like wearing lipstick and want to give your lips some love and much needed time off! Whether you are taking a break from drying mattes and sticky glosses or going for a no-makeup look, tinted balms and lipsticks are the way to go! Giving your lips some love and a much needed day off will result in softer, and sometimes fuller lips the next day! Depending on the brand and type you choose, tinted balms and lipsticks can keep your lips perfectly moisturized and hydrated throughout the day (and night) while adding a soft hint of color! They can complete your makeup or no makeup look effortlessly and your lips will certainly be sure to thank you later!
What are your favorite lipstick shades to wear all year long? Share your favorites with us in the comments!
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Hi! My name is Hannah Warren and I just graduated from Mercer University with a B.A. in English. During my time at Mercer, I studied both Creative Writing and Media Studies so I have dabbled in multiple writing genres including fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and more! Playwrighting and nonfiction are my favorite genres because more people relate to and understand the work when it is raw, genuine, and mentions different problems that most people are familiar with or have experienced first-hand. I have a bad habit of starting projects and not finishing them, but I am proud to say I am drafting a romance novel that I hope to have published one day! Thank you for taking the time to get to know me, and I hope you will continue to read more of my little articles in the future!