With the start of the new year, why don’t you treat yourself to some of the best lipsticks loved and used by our makeup artists? For those ladies who are obsessed with lipsticks just like our artists, you will indeed be rocking our selected colors all day, every day. And for young girls who are the most minimal makeup-wearers of the year, we are ready to challenge you if there is at least one lipstick kicking around your dressing room somewhere. A fine lipstick is makeup staples that possess transformative powers. Just a single, quick swipe and see how you put it together and look polished.
Let’s be honest; a classy red lip is the most iconic beauty look in the world. Even ladies of history such as Cleopatra, Elizabeth Arden, Lucille Ball, Rihanna, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Coco Chanel have acknowledged the statement-making ability of a bold, bright, glossy lipstick.
HGSCosmetics.com is a beauty store that has curated a collection of the best-coveted lipsticks of 2021. Still, finding the ideal lipstick that suits your preferences is very challenging. It is especially true when we have no shortage of options at cosmetics stores. From attractive scarlets to striking crimsons to chic rubies to bewitching blood-reds, countless choices are there.
But which winner is the most suitable for you and complements your skin complexion? Here come the pros with their useful advice! Go to someplace where natural light is available and glance at your wrist. If your veins appear to be green and red, it means you have a neutral complexion. So, your best bet is true reds. If your veins appear purple or blue, you have a cool complexion. It means you will look marvelous with a red lipstick that has blue undertones.
And at last, if your veins appear green, you have a warm skin complexion, so your skin will be most eye-catching by red lipstick that skews slightly orange.
One more equally critical factor that you should note while choosing a lipstick. When you choose the right color lipstick, you will know it, and you will feel it. It will make you say, “Oh my God, is that princess me in the mirror?” and will surely uplift you. If you put on lipstick and you feel some sort of doubt, it’s not the right one for you.
Ahead, the best lipsticks out there for dark and fair skin complexions, including some of the most favorite colors of all time, splurge-worthy buys from popular brands, budget-friendly cosmetics picks, and a deep red liquid lipstick that is naturally flattering.
Types of Lipstick
Lipsticks evolved over the years and today we have countless options in lipstick shades, textures and formulas. There are several different types of lipstick and here we have listed down the eight main types.
Satin lipstick is also referred to as sheer lipstick. It hydrates your lips while giving them a soft appearance making it an ideal choice for your no-makeup days. It adds a mild wash of color on your lips that is buildable by layering. The only downside of this type of lipstick is that it is not long lasting lipstick and you will need frequent touch-ups throughout the day.
Creamy lipstick lies somewhere between satin and matte lipsticks. It has hydration properties like satin lipstick but provides more coverage. The creamy lipstick formula makes it super easy to glide it onto your lips. It is a perfect option when you want hydration power of shea-butter along with a vibrant lip color.
Matte lipsticks have intense pigmentation and strong staying power. They are super saturated and give your lips a weightless plush matte finish. As these lipsticks have a small amount of oil, it can dry out your lips so you will need to prep them with adequate hydration. They are super lightweight and long-lasting lip crayons.
Lip tints are great for adding a flush of color to your lips without the feel that comes with wearing lipstick.. They come in a wide variety of pigmentation levels and are super long-wearing. With lip tints, you will need no touch ups but be careful as they can make your lips very dry.
If you like wearing those thick and sticky lip glosses, glossy lipsticks are for you. They give your lips a wet and glass-like finish with medium opacity but low staying power. The plus point of glossy lipsticks is that they hydrate your lips. Also, you can use this lipstick on top of other types of lipstick to add more shine and dimension to your lipstick makeup.
Metallic or Frosty
This type of lipsticks reflect light making your lips sparkle and glisten which, in turn, makes them look fuller and plumper. Sometimes, these lipsticks contain tiny particles of glitter or shimmer to add extra shine to your lips giving them a molten-metal look. If you are applying this lipstick, make sure to moisturize your lips well as they can dry up and crack your lips.
Lip liners are used to define the outline of your lips and make them look sharper and plump. They keep your lipstick from bleeding outside from the corners and make sure you look perfect. They help your lipstick last longer, preventing it from bleeding or feathering. They can be used to fill in any cracks you might have in your lips and create a perfect cupid’s bow. For bigger and supple lips, overline them with a lip liner. So, when you are applying your favorite lipstick, want to add some volume or to compensate for small imperfections, remember to first outline and fill in your lips with a lip liner.
Tinted Lip Balm
Lip Balms are a must have makeup items for every girl whose lips are prone to dryness. If you apply lip balm quite often, you should consider using the one that adds a beautiful color to your lips. They contain color pigments to add a subtle flush of lip colors while providing adequate moisturization to your lips. They are quite like stains and tints with hydration.
How to Find a Perfect Lipstick?
Lipsticks come in a variety of texture, shade and wear time giving you a wide choice. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you go shopping for lipstick.
Checking the shelf life of lipstick is important to ensure complete safety of your skin. Usually, lipsticks have a shelf life of up to 3 years. Make sure the lipstick you buy has the expiration date two – three years away so that you can enjoy using it for maximum time.
Lipsticks come in beautiful and very attractive shades but not all shades look good with every skin tone. You can swatch different shades on your wrist to see how it looks on your skin to pick the right one.
Also, deciding on what kind of effect you want makes all the difference in choosing lipstick shade. If you want to make your lips look bigger, choose brighter shades. If you want to make your lips look smaller, opt for deeper shades.
If you have a fair complexion, try soft mocha, peach, pale pink or nude for a dramatic look. People with a lighter medium skin color should try red, fuchsia, peach and browns. Brown, copper, cranberry and bronze looks superb on people with darker medium skin tone. For darker skin tones, pick your options from dark reds and different shades of wine for a perfect look.
Figuring out what kind of finish you want makes it a lot easier to pick the right lipstick. Lipsticks are available in creamy, glossy, matte, tinted, frosty and shimmery finishes. If you want more coverage and wish that it stays on longer, go with matte lipsticks. Matte is a long lasting lipstick. Creamy lipsticks are a good choice if you want to keep your lips hydrated but they do not stay on for too long. If you are looking for a bolder look, pick a frosty lipstick that reflects light making your lips more prominent.
No matter what your budget is, there is always something special. Figure out what you are comfortable spending and find your options there. Lipsticks of international brands are generally more expensive than the local brands but it doesn’t mean they are low on quality. Avoid buying too expensive lipstick that you will regret later.
Don’t Hesitate to Experiment
Buying a different lipstick shade than your go-to shade can be intimidating. You can achieve a new shade by layering different shades you already have. Experimenting with new shades can be exciting and can make a huge difference in how you look.
Beware of Replicas
Replicas of makeup items of top international brands are common in a country like Pakistan. Many people buy the replicas because of their cheap prices, completely compromising on the quality and well being of their skin. I say that it is better to have one genuine product than ten fake ones.
Checking ingredients used in a lipstick is more important than checking the brand logo. Make sure the product you choose doesn’t contain anything that you are allergic to. Some of the ingredients to avoid in your lipstick are Parabens, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate and other ingredients that can dry up your lips.