Hi Amigas,

Levanta la mano si te sientes abrumada por la GRAN cantidad de tonos de labiales que existen? Raise your hand if you are overwhelmed by the huge amount of lipstick shades that are on the market?

I often find myself so lost by the idea of which lipstick shade to buy with the rainbow of colors available. When I have tried to go to a department store for lip color advice, I often leave more confused and with an empty wallet, as I end up buying a whole bunch of lip products that sit in my drawer for months that I don't really use.

The other day, realizing that masks will hopefully be gone soon, I decided to get to the bottom of this color problem once and for all and went to figure out which shades would be good “just for me." 

To get the right lip colors, I did some research and here's what I found:

Tip #1

Look for colors that are a shade or two darker or deeper than your natural lips / Busca colores que sean un tono o dos más oscuros o más profundos que sus labios naturales.

According to liveabout.com, a simple trick to finding your best lip color shade is to buy one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. To test the color shade, consider applying lipstick on one lip to compare it to your natural color lip. If the shade is two colors deeper than your bare lip, then you've found your shade. 

Tip #2

Determine your undertone and complexion / Determina tu tono de piel.

Información es poder, so knowing your undertone is super important because it will help you with selecting the right shade of colors for your complexion. To make it easier for you to figure out what undertone you have, I made a quiz for you. It will reveal which colors the beauty experts suggest go best with your skin tone. Recuerda (remember) that ultimately you want to try everything you want and choose what you feel looks best on YOU.

Tip #3

Consider the Expert rules / Considera las reglas de los expertos.

According to makeup.allwomenstalk.com, here are some expert rules of thumb you should consider:

Light skin / piel clara: try light pink, coral, peach, nudes, or beige.

  1. Cool undertones: try a soft mocha and nude. 
  2. Warm undertones: try pale pinks or a nude with a little peach

Medium skin / piel media: try rose, mauve, or berry shades.

  1. Cool undertones: try shades of pink or cranberry. 
  2. Warm undertones: try copper or bronze.

Tan skin / piel bronceada: try to avoid browns and purples and go for colors with an orange undertone. Most other colors will look great. Try coral, or deep pink.

Dark Skin / Piel oscura: try browns or purples like walnut, caramel, plum, or wine.

  1. Cool undertones: try ruby and wine-colored reds. 
  2. Warm undertones: try copper or bronze.

This is a great video with more details about it:

Tip #4

Finish really changes the effect of any bright lipstick / El terminado realmente cambia el efecto de cualquier labial.

When trying to find a great lip color for your skin, remember to look at the type of finish as well. This can really have a big impact on the final result of your lipstick.

  • Sheer formulas / formulas con cobertura media a ligera y acabado con efecto suave: look fresh and youthful.
  • Saturated satin or cream finish / color satinado o crema: looks classic.
  • Matte Finish / terminado mate: looks very modern and adds strength.

Tip #5 

Always blot / Siempre quita el exceso de labial. 

The most important thing with wearing any lipstick is to remember to blot. The purpose of blotting is to ensure that the lipstick is evenly distributed, so that it doesn't leave an unattractive ring around your lips or end up on your teeth.

Here is a video by vintageortacky that demonstrates exactly how to blot your lipstick correctly:

With my new knowledge, I couldn't wait to hit my local drugstore to buy several coral shades. As an empowered Latina, I now know what colors to look for and what colors to stay in.

Now, if I could just figure out how to try or buy lipsticks at CVS where you can't try them on. 

I guess just trust the color printed on the box?

What do you think?

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