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How To Wear Crazy Lipstick Colors

Traditionally, lipstick colors that are rooted in warm or natural hues have been a gal’s go-to option. Why? Because society was judgey and boring. But these days, lipstick lovers are caring less about the boring color pallet of tradition and are more about self-expression, shock, and doing things that are out of the ordinary. And why shouldn’t they? We’re living in tomorrow and we don’t have time to worry about whether cherry red lips make you seem more approachable than a dark green or shimmery purple.

And as more cosmetic companies are offering better options for the future-obsessed geek, Sugar Gamers is here to help you rock that shade!

Profixx Pigment - Purple Nova

Profixx Pigment – Purple Nova

But first, let’s start with the basic ground rules of war paint.

Melt Cosmetics - Bang! Bang!

Melt Cosmetics – Bang! Bang!

In order for a painted mouth to look amazing, you have to start fresh. That means keeping your lips well moisturized and exfoliating them at least once a week. You can buy a lip exfoliator, but to hell with that when you can DIY it by mixing a tablespoon of sugar with a teaspoon of honey or olive oil. Yes that sounds delicious, but yes it’s gonna work. If mixing potions isn’t your thing you can also toothbrush, scrubbing lightly until your lips feel nice and soft. But you owe it to yourself to do that sugar, honey and oil trick at least once.

Now that the canvas is clear, careful lipstick application technique is important. If the stuff you’re using feels a bit oily that probably means you’re using a lower quality product and you’ll definitely need to use a lip liner in a similar color to help stiffen it up. For the best results, try using a lip brush to apply your lipstick paint. It’s way easier and makes for a better result, even after only a little practice.

When you’re applying your lipstick, start at the center of lips and blend color out toward the corners of your mouth. You want the lip color concentrated in the center of your lips, not the corners. (Of course, if you are doing an ombre affect you might have to break this rule… but we’re not there yet! One thing at a time!)

To make your lipstick last longer, put a bit of foundation on your lips before applying your color to minimize feathering.

Of course we all know the trick that after you apply the lipstick you should blot it with a tissue. That’s classic 60s era technique. But with fifty more years of make-up experience we’ve learned you should and then apply it again right after that blotting. The first coat of lipstick creates a base, the second adds coverage.

After applying your color, don’t forget to do “the lipstick trick.” What’s that, you ask? The lipstick trick is when you pucker your lips, stick your index finger in your mouth, and then pull it out, bringing along with it the bit of lipstick that would have ended up on your teeth.

This ain’t exactly Starbucks friendly, so you might want to do that trick away from prying eyes. Then again, maybe you don’t want to pay for your latte…

When you choose cooler colors like greens, blues, and blacks, you have to be prepared for the fact that they do not fade gracefully. Unlike reds, pinks, and nudes that easily go from vibrant to more natural tones, can do a pretty ugly retreat as the hours go on and leave a ring of color around your mouth instead of on your lips. That means that wearing crazy colors is gonna be a bit more high-maintenance than rocking less dramatic tones.

The things we do for beauty!

Now that you have the basics down to a science, let’s talk about what we’re really here for: color.

Depending on your interests and your budget, you’ll want to experiment with different lines of lip colors to determine which ones are best for you. Lines like Profixx Pigment, NYX, Manic Panic, Kat Von D, and Medusa offer a glittering range of colorful lipsticks.

Experimenting with different, interesting colors will help you learn what you love and what you hate. And trust me, you will come across some colors you hate. Let’s say you purchase a dark purple lipstick online, but when it arrives the hue is not what you expected. You could cuss yourself out for wasting $12 just like you could give the lipstick away to whatever friend will take it off your hands. Or you can play around with it to see if you can make it work. One of the simplest ways to transform a misbehaving color is to apply a gloss over it.

NYX Liquid Suede - Stone Fox

NYX Liquid Suede – Stone Fox

 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Matte Collection

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Matte Collection

Lime Crime Carousel Gloss - Kaleidoscope

Lime Crime Carousel Gloss – Kaleidoscope

 

Sleek Makeup Pout Paints - Peek-a-Blue / White

Sleek Makeup Pout Paints – Peek-a-Blue / White

Maybe that dark purple might not be your thing, but you might change your mind if it has a shimmery metallic gloss over it. Or you could go crazy and blend it with a dab or bright pink to lift the purple to a more fitting shade. You shouldn’t mess with perfection, but you should absolutely mess with imperfection!

On the flip side, say you bring home a sky blue lipstick but when you try it on it looks ridiculously bright and turns your mouth into a neon Antarctica. Not to worry. Get yourself a dark blue lip liner and apply it to the corners and outer edges of your lipstick-free mouth, just enough to coat them with color. With the dark blue in place, apply your light blue lip color as normal, then press your lips together to help it blend. You have just accomplished an ombre! That super cool gradient affect can turn a lipstick that was initially too light into one of your favorite shades in your make up arsenal.

When choosing any lipstick shade, the goal is to find the right balance of warm and cool tones for your complexion. And with so many new shades on the market — orange, teal, magenta, gray, — the perfect, crazy shades for your skin tone definitely exist.

 

Now it’s up to you to go find them and manufacture any excuse to wear them. Good luck!

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