Five Lipstick Shades To Hasten In The Spring

Here we are in late February and the end of winter is in sight. When the cold has finally worn out of the air and when you finally believe that it is going to start warming up after a frigid winter, one of the best ways to prepare for spring is to consider your lips! Your lipstick allows you to add some fantastic color to the first cool days of spring, and you’ll find that with a little bit of consideration, you are going to be able to change your entire look. Check out these luscious lipsticks to think about as spring moves in. The shades have enough coolness to still be winter friendly shades, but are lively enough to work in early spring as well.

 

Best Early Spring Lipstick Shades

* Deep Mulberry Purples

When you want to make an evening look pop, don’t be afraid to choose a wonderfully rich deep purple for your outfit. Choosing a purple in the mulberry shade keeps it warm enough to be inviting while still being cool enough to be worn with nearly everything. As an example of this shade, consider NARS ‘Fast Ride,” which gives your lips that deliciously pouty flavor.

* Red Plum Purples

If you are after something more fun and flirty, look for a very reddish purple. A red purple allows you to warm up a rather dull outfit, while giving you some fantastic color to your face. This is a shade that does well on people with very warm skin tones, so if you have a lot of olive or yellow in your skin, this is the lipstick for you. One great choice in the red plummy purples is Clinique’s “Richer Raisin” Chubby Stick. Their Chubby Stick line is loaded with shea butter, which makes this a fantastic choice for keeping your lips soft.

* Raspberry Pink

When you want to call to mind an absolutely delicious color and flavor, consider using a raspberry pink lipstick. Raspberry pink typically needs a warn outfit to go with it, but it is a shade that suits people with most complexions very easily. Another great advantage that comes with wearing raspberry pink lipstick this spring is that it works well for both a nighttime and daytime look. An example of a raspberry pink lipstick that you might enjoy is Bobbi Brown’s soft and lovely Tulle Lip Color.

* Brick Red

Brick red lipstick is the perfect choice for the person who loves vivid colors and isn’t afraid to show it. A vibrant brick red is a color that goes well with very stark outfits. When you have a lot of outfits that utilize the color blocking philosophy, a brick red adds a vibrant flag of color to the finished effect. Take a moment to look at Buxom’s Barcelona Big & Healthy Lip Stick for an example of this color and to see what it can do for you.

* Icy Pink

If you are someone who wears a great deal of monochrome clothing, and especially when you love stark black, choose to offset the severity of your outfit by using an icy pink lipstick. Icy pink is an ideal choice for the last cold days of winter and the first cool days of spring. For a fantastic icy pink lipstick, check out Illamasqua’s Plunge lipstick.

To add a little bit of color and life to your outfit consider some of the hot lipstick shades available. This is the perfect time to revamp you look and to add a splash of color to the way you do things.

Shop for these shades and more at Sephora

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How To Make Lip Color Last Longer

Lipstick is a popular way to alter or update your look easily and inexpensively. The right lip color can convey an attitude of sultriness, innocence, or professionalism. However, one of the biggest problems with lip color is that it tends to wear off quickly. Faded or cracked lip color can look even worse than naked lips, and the worst part is, you may not even realize your color has slipped away before it is too late. Longer-wear lipsticks are now available, but you do not need to spend the extra dollars to ensure your color lasts all day. Simply learn the best way to prepare your lips and apply your lipstick to keep it looking bright and fresh for hours.

Tips For Long Lasting Lipstick

long lasting red lipstick

 

Step One: Prepare Your Lips

Surely you have noticed that your skin looks clearer and makeup goes on more smoothly when you exfoliate and moisturize regularly. Regular exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells and rough edges, leaving a smooth surface to which makeup can stick more easily. Your lips can be exfoliated in the same way you exfoliate your face, and you will notice you have smoother, plusher lips almost immediately.

To prevent chapping or cracking, you also want to ensure your lips receive adequate moisture. The easiest way to do this is by using a high-quality lip balm after exfoliation but prior to applying lip color. The balm will protect and moisturize your lips and serve as a smooth, even base for your lipstick.

Step Two: Always Use Lip Liner

When you are in a hurry, you may be inclined to skimp on the details. Lip liner is one quick trick you should never skip, however. By applying lip liner in either a neutral tone or a color that matches your preferred lip color, you effectively reign in your lipstick, preventing it from bleeding out into the skin around your mouth. Lip liner also carefully defines the edges of your lips, leading to a complete, polished look once your makeup has been applied. A long wearing liner, such as those from Make Up For Ever, applied all over the lip, will also create a long lasting lip tint.

Step Three: Apply Lipstick in Thin Coats

You should aim to apply two very thin coats of lipstick rather than one very thick coat. Once your lips have been primed and lined, use a lip brush to carefully coat every surface of your lips with color. Allow about one minute for the color to set and dry, and then repeat the process. Two light coats will retain their brightness and color for longer than one heavy coat, which is likely to crack or smear before it can fully set.

Another option is to use a lip stain. Apply a quality stain, such as Benetint, let it dry, and then follow up with one coat of lipstick or gloss over it.

Step Four: Blot Your Color

Using a very thin tissue, carefully blot your lips. Your goal is to remove any excess lipstick, allowing what remains to set and effectively stain your lips. For an even stronger set, dust your lips lightly with translucent face powder through the tissue as you blot. You do not need to blot in between coats, only after the final coat.

Step Five: Add Gloss for Extra Shine

Finally, slick your lips with a clear, high-shine gloss. This will both amplify the color and add an incomparable sparkle and shine to your smile. You can easily re-gloss your lips throughout the day to refresh and enhance your color without needing to reapply lipstick. Pucker up and head out into the world, confident your lips are looking their absolute best.

Shop for Lip Products at Sephora

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Nars Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Swatch

The Nars spring collection has a number of nice items. I put a swatch of the Lhasa eye shadow up on Beauty and Fashion Tech, along with a photo of the full collection. Here, I am covering the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican rose.

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils are always nice delightful items. They are thick, full of pigment, and wear very well. I tend to prefer thick crayon type pencils such as these over standard lipstick. The Mexican Rose shade for the spring collection is a nice bright rose that gives a good pop of color, without going overboard. Below is a swatch:

 

Nars Mexican Rose Swatch

The shade is very pretty, would work well on many different skin tones, and has good pigment, yet is still on the sheer side.  Definitely a good choice for spring!

The Nars spring collection is available now. Get it at NarsCosmetics.com.

Disclosure: This review is based on a product provided by a representative of the company.

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