Tip: Apply a bright lip stain first, then swipe a creamy or glossy lipstick in a matching shade on top. This layering technique will help the color last for hours without feeling dry or looking cakey.
If your skin has pink undertones… Coral shades will add a pretty pop of color. Try: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Stain in Cherry Pop ($7.50, target.com) or YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in #16 ($30, yslbeautyus.com)
If your skin has yellow undertones… Bluish red will keep your skin from looking sallow. Try: Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster in Fever ($24, ulta.com) or Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in True Red ($9, at drugstores)
If your skin has olive or dark tones… Go for deep burgundy shades. Anything light or bright tends to look garish. Try: Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Scarlet ($22, bobbibrowncosmetics.com) or Black Opal True Color Lipstick in Rich Red ($7, blackopalbeauty.com)
Tip: To prevent eyeliner from looking harsh or messy, try “tight-lining.” Lightly trace your upper lash line with a black eye pencil, creating a line no more than 1 to 2 millimeters thick.
Tip: Choose a pearly liquid highlighter to compliment lighter skin tones, or a shimmery peach to enhance dark and olive skin. Dab it on your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose.
Tip: Don’t get bronzer-happy! Lightly dust it along the perimeter of your face and on the apples of your cheeks.
Tip: After you apply the usual upward strokes, look down and brush the backside of your lashes. It’ll make them look thicker and darker and also deposit a tiny bit of mascara on your lower lashes, which is all you really need there.
Tip: Look for a formula with SPF 30 or higher, and you won’t need a separate facial sunscreen.
Believe it or not, summer is winding down, folks. Which means it’s time to refresh your makeup looks for fall!
I’ve selected some crucial items that should be in any woman’s beauty collection. The brands are up to you, but I’ve taken up the task of assembling some here by way of suggestion. Whatever your choices, relax and enjoy the process – beauty is only skin deep, after all.