Q: I always see celebrities wearing bright lipstick and they look great, but whenever I attempt it, I end up looking like a clown! How do I choose the right color? Or do the rest of my make-up? And what are the rules with matching your lipstick color to your outfit?
A: Bright lipstick done right can instantly brighten your day! I love pulling out my brightest pink on the dreariest of days. There are some guidelines to making it work. First, the rest of your makeup should be minimal. The bright lipstick is the statement, so go natural on the eyes- neutral shadow and mascara, liner on the top lash line only if you want to dress it up a bit. Pick a color that compliments your skin tone by going off the natural color of your lips. If you are pale and have naturally pink lips, go with bluish reds and pinks. If you have olive skin and have more natural color lips, orangey-reds and magenta will work better on you. It’s a test of trial and error, so get to your nearest Sephora store, and test away. There is one shade of red by Make Up For Ever called Moulin Rouge Red that seems to be universally flattering. When choosing what to wear with your bright lipstick, do not match your lipstick to your outfit. In fact, I think your bright lips will look best standing out against a very simple, neutral outfit.