Let’s celebrate lipstick!!
Lipstick is my favorite category of color cosmetics and a product that I wear almost every day. Wearing the right shade of lipstick can instantly perk up your complexion and complement your eye color and other facial features.
History of Lipstick
Interestingly, lipstick has not always been a publicly accepted makeup product. In fact, when it emerged during the eighteenth century, it was frowned upon by upper class. Many people assumed that women who chose to wear lipstick during this era were morally corrupt and involved in prostitution. Due to the negative stereotype associated with the use of makeup during the late 1700’s, a law was passed by the British Parliament allowing women who wore lipstick to be tried for practicing witchcraft. A second law was established allowing annulment of marriage is a woman wore lipstick on her wedding day. Can you imagine!!
The power of lipstick
Lipstick is now one of the best-selling and most profitable segments of the cosmetics industry. In fact, Leonard Lauder, Chairman of Estee Lauder recognized that lipstick sales increase during times of economic downturn. Lauder named this phenomenon, “the lipstick effect,” stating that lipstick is recession-proof.
The use of lipstick allows a woman to change her appearance and express her mood at minimal expense. As a makeup artist, I am a major advocate of lipstick, especially for those of us that are over the age of 40. Ironically, the majority of clients that fall into this demographic rarely wear lipstick or if they do they all lean towards a neutral rosy mauve which in most cases is NOT the best shade to perk up their complexion. Understanding that we are creatures of habit, recognize that it may feel difficult, awkward at first. When I work with private clients and select a shade of lipstick that is out of their comfort zone, I challenge them to keep an open mind. Nine times out of ten I will receive a text a few days later saying, “You were right about the lip color, I have received several compliments from coworkers, thank you!!”
How to select the best shade of lipstick
As a professional makeup artist, it is always my goal to create a beauty look that compliments a client’s facial features and natural beauty. This is accomplished by employing the rules of color theory during the selection of makeup to be used on each client. I like to use the analogy of a musical band that sings in harmony with one another. They all have individual voices but they blend together to create a unified sound. Much like a band of four creates a single harmonious sound, a well-trained makeup artist selects makeup colors that flow smoothly and create unity that binds the entire beauty look together.
- Consider your skin tone
- Warm skin tones look best in warm colors
- Cool skin tones look best in cool colors
Sending peace, love & happiness to all!
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