In seasonal discussion groups, women spend a lot of time working out which palettte-matching lipsticks and glosses are their best colors.
Why should they have to spend time answering this question? Aren't all of the peaches, pinks, reds and violets in your palette automatically good lip colors for you?
Every color in your palette is a color that harmonizes with your natural coloring somehow.
But not every color will actually look good on your lips.
Your right colors look right because they look natural. So if you wear them in an unnatural way, they won't look right.
Consider my Soft Autumn palette:
All of these colors look amazing on me. But not every one of these colors would look natural on my lips.
Would I wear the greens or blues on my lips? No way. It would look completely unnatural. That goes without saying, right?
So far, these decisions seem self-evident. But let's move around the wheel into the range where we expect to find our lip colors: the purples, pinks, peaches and reds.
Here's me wearing one of my dark purple-browns as a lippie:
This color, though gorgeous on me as an evening gown, still isn't natural on my lips... despite the fact that I can find lippies in the drugstore that swatch this color. Now, if I want to make a statement with my lippy, this could be a good choice for me... but most of the time, I just want to look like the most beautiful verison of myself. And this lippy's not helping me do that.
Every peach, pink, red and purple in your palette looks natural on you somewhere.
But not every peach, pink, red and purple in your palette looks natural on your lips.
This is where many of us -- Winters and Bright Springs in particular -- can get lost.
For example, there are plenty of lipsticks that match Bright Spring's violets.
But a Bright Spring who expects a BSp violet lippy to look natural on her lips may be disappointed. (Soft Autumn's dark purple sure doesn't look natural on my lips!)
The peaches, pinks, reds and purples in your palette that will look natural on your mouth are a smaller subset of your total set of peaches, pinks, reds and purples.
It can be tough to know where the line is.
My unnatural-looking brownish- purple isn't really that far away from my natural-looking pink:
So you're probably wondering, "How can I know which of my peaches, pinks, reds and purples will actually look natural on my lips?"
It's not too difficult. This post is getting long, so I'll publish the second half, in which I describe how to find the best colors for your lips, next week. :-)
This post was originally published in February of 2017.
2/28/2017 12:39:32 am
Fabulous explanation! I never looked at it that way; common sense tells us that of course some colors (e.g. greens) would look bad on the lips, but not necessary to wear as a shirt. Very helpful, thank you!
3/3/2017 12:41:21 pm
I've heard that the best lip color is closest to the color of your gums
3/4/2017 05:26:37 pm
This is not about lip color and lipstick, although I do think purple, blue and green lipsticks do not look so great on anyone no matter the season. These colors really belong in clothes, shoes and accessories.
3/7/2017 11:09:21 am
3/6/2017 09:16:11 am
"But not every peach, pink, red and purple in your palette looks natural on your lips." Oh yes, this much I had already gathered from my lippie trials (& errors) :)
3/7/2017 11:43:16 am
I think in this day and age, it needs acknowledgement that this applies only whose who WANT to look natural. Some style types (especially those with dramatic influence) don't want to look natural. I'm a D-N-G Casual Punk in style (and I love that your system pegged me so perfectly!) and I have no interest in looking natural. My hair is pink, and sometimes I just want bright orange lips! It doesn't look natural, but it IS harmonious with my personal style and coloring.
3/7/2017 02:11:39 pm
3/27/2017 09:53:21 pm
I wonder if "can pull off unnatural lip color" could be a determinant of a D-influenced style?
3/28/2017 03:30:11 pm
A lip color that's straight-up unnatural -- like a palette green or blue -- I can imagine potentially working on a person with a lot of D and G, because it would be both playful and shocking.
2/25/2019 06:06:00 pm
This is such an interesting question to me. I am EDC (mostly D), and Dark Autumn. I am trying to narrow down the piles of lipsticks, etc., I have in my house. I am a makeup person, but I know the stockpiles I have are a bit ridiculous.
3/16/2017 08:41:40 am
As regard personality identification...i see it hard to know which on of them l'm.
3/27/2017 09:56:14 pm
Ali, Rachel's Style Identity Calculator was so perfect! I found exactly the right style for me and it's influenced every outfit I've worn since!
3/28/2017 03:28:00 pm
Wendy,so happy to hear it!!
2/26/2019 01:39:14 am
Anyone know of any REG celebs? Having a hard time finding style inspo or style icons beyond my REG board!
2/26/2019 12:05:06 pm
Hi, maybe Priyanka Chopra? Her romantic seems very evident and to my eye she also looks good with some Ethereal and Gamine!
2/27/2019 09:38:38 am
I would think Priyanka is predominantly Romantic and Dramatic? I don't see much "otherworldly" or "boyish" in her...On the other hand, i see a lot of both Romantic and Ethereal in Aishwarya Rai.
2/27/2019 10:28:39 am
2/27/2019 03:58:22 pm
Thank you for your insights Megan. While I agree Priyanka is very fresh faced, I think she’s just younger looking (not enough to form a distinguishable youth essence) or maybe she has a small dash of youth essence in addition to her primary ID. She looks like she’s somewhere between RDEC... I agree that there’s R. So maybe she’s RED, REC, or maybe even RDC. Come to think of it, she has always reminded me of my sister who is ED!
2/27/2019 11:57:58 pm
Interesting that you're pretty sure that Priyanka doesn't have Gamine! One thing I notice about her is that long hair overwhelms her (she's best with medium length, it seems?) which means she probably has something other than only elongated essences (D and E, which suit very long hair) and Romantic (which also suits long hair).
2/28/2019 09:36:10 am
Hi ladies! Thank you for the informative responses! I am in no way an expert on these stuff so your thoughts are much valued :) now i think of it, yes i do prefer Priyanka in shorter hair, particularly with a little natural (but neat) wave/ bounce to it, than something very coiffed and stiff. I agree that constantly seeing a person in a particular style type makes you feel that IS their best look...until you see them in something different. And yes, she does have large eyes, and a chubbier face (i don't mean that in a bad way), which is more gamine, while dramatic would be the opposite :)
3/3/2019 07:17:31 am
I would guess Prianka has Dramati, Natural, Romantic and maybe Ingenue.
2/26/2019 03:34:50 pm
Also Mila Kunis!
2/26/2019 04:29:28 pm
Ruth Negga? Emily Browning?
2/27/2019 04:11:57 pm
3/3/2019 07:15:41 am
3/3/2019 10:50:16 am
Thank you so much Danielle. I’ll have to take a look at those celebs! I will mention that -while I haven’t considered Tyra before- I’ve been following Kirby Griffin for yrs solely because she looks more similar to me than most people (especially in the smile and nose a bit). I’ve been following her for style, hair, and makeup inspo that isn’t too far from REG. My eyes are a little more upturned and I have more R cheeks though (more like that Emily Browning REG suggestion).... Anyways, Kirby is a supposed Tyra look-alike, so these suggestions are def on the right track!
2/28/2019 07:37:03 am
I hadn’t heard of Ruth Negga until now, but what a unique style ID she has! I could see the possibility of REG for her definitely. That unusual combination of opposites: the youthful, boyish gamine with the feminine ‘old soul’ ethereal, and mature womanly look of romantic...but then again, in some pics I feel like I saw Dramatic. Then there are times that R and G combined can look like Ingenue...:P Her rosebud-like lips stand out to me, which I think can be a characteristic of G/I?
3/3/2019 11:15:43 am
Interesting that you said Ingenue because one of the first pics of her that comes up on Google is this but I didn’t love it- https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Ruth_Negga_by_Gage_Skidmore_3.jpg/220px-Ruth_Negga_by_Gage_Skidmore_3.jpg
3/3/2019 11:35:48 am
Lizzie, Kirby Griffin looks like an Ingenue to me. I do think she has Ethereal, but I don't think she has Romantic. Not much anyway.
3/3/2019 12:00:40 pm
Sorry I meant- “the low contrast swirls of color”
2/28/2019 08:27:47 am
Janelle, why E? She is GI or DGI, I guess.
2/28/2019 09:41:16 am
2/28/2019 09:44:37 am
2/28/2019 11:42:39 am
I look great in tomato red outfits, but not in tomato red lipstick. Tomato red- not blue or green :>
3/4/2019 12:10:04 pm
Premiere, I have similar issue with brown (as I've mentioned in my comment on the original article, I think it's 4th from the top ;)) Though as far as lip colours go, I do realize brown is more unnatural than tomato red, true, but still quite a common lipstick colour ;) Do you know your season; or suspect one?
3/3/2019 10:33:00 am
Rachel I just saw you were updating your Pinterest! May I ask if you can you send the REG board some love as well? -xoxo
3/4/2019 12:22:57 am
Any thoughts on how lipstick texture relates to style and/or season? Right now I'm thinking I'm a DW DNC and I find I need to be very specific about the textures of my lipsticks- opaque, mostly matte (but not TOO matte), with a defined but not sharp edge. Anything sheer or glossy looks wrong on me. Is this a function of my style identity or season?
3/4/2019 01:56:46 pm
3/5/2019 03:16:00 am
Christy, that's interesting, and may explain why I prefer shiny, semi-shiny and sheer or semi-matte at most (in lips), while my season demands matte & opaque! (Though I'm not convinced about makeup finishes going strictly with your season, in any case.) I have plenty of I; would E also need glossy and/or sheer?
3/5/2019 09:28:38 am
Melina, You bring up one of my pet peeves with the fashion/makeup industry. NO color season demands a specific makeup finish. While you often see certain shades (DA or DW come to mind) in matte finishes, it is not because the color season demands it, it is because the fashion world pushes it. I think they have a marketing concept that people only wear matte lips when the weather is cooler, and they push DA or DW lip colors for cooler weather. People (like me, DA) have to look for their seasonal colors year round. I really think the choice of a texture or finish of the makeup (or the fabrication of the clothing) depends on your Style ID. With that in mind, I think that sheer or shimmery would be good for E, but not necessarily super glossy or glittery. Glossy (like high shine patent glossy) or chunky glitter reads as more youthful (again Gamine?) to me.
3/6/2019 02:27:44 am
Hmm, I think e.g. Christine Scaman (of the 12blueprints) would disagree ;) As she on her many articles, has connected makeup finishes with seasons. As have many other color analysts & bloggers - that's what I meant, not the fashion/makeup industry ;) I don't think the latter usually even takes seasons into account (or even knows about them). But yes, it may be true that it's not easy to find DA, or any Autumnal colors, in sheer / glossy finishes :) Though I know many Autumns say they can only do matte, but I have to differ, I far prefer semi-glossy and not fully matte or opaque.
9/17/2020 10:52:37 pm
It may be not to common to use the shadings blue, green and purple as regular lipsticks to women but women can choose there lip color according to there skin tone.
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