A reader Sabrina left a comment on my previous post about Maybelline Watershine Lipsticks as follows:-
Ooh I would love to give this a try.. But I wouldn’t know which shade is the best for me, trying out on my hand is useless since my skin is a lot darker there..
Do you think you could recommend some colours that would work for a typical chinese-malay complexion?
Now, I can’t really recommend a colour because its hard to do so without having first seen the person. Other than skin colour, the other factor to consider is always personal preference.
In my case, I’m not afraid of bold colours or bright colours so I do tend towards brighter reds and corals and I even do plums or berries. I however don’t go near pinks because they wash me out and make me look pale and in a word, dead. I’ve had people ask me if I was feeling unwell all because I wore pale pink frosty lipstick. On another girl it would look lovely and fresh and sweet! Go figure!
To choose lipsticks from the dazzling array of colors at the counter, use this tip.
- Test lipsticks on your finger tips. The back of your hand is not really a good place to test lipsticks because the colour is different from that of your lips. It is a good indicator to check for colour tone but for lips, swipe the colour on the pads of your fingers.
I read this one in a magazine and I tested it out for myself. It works. Your finger tips may not look like your lips but somehow in terms of colour it comes up with a close approximation of how it will look on your lips.
So, if you want something close to your lip colour, pick a colour that blends into your finger tips. If the colour looks too garish on your finger tips, it would probably look as garish on your face. Be warned though that sheer lipsticks don’t show up very well so you should bear that in mind when checking for colour. That said, sheer lipsticks are the best way to wear a colour you won’t normally wear, because its light and you are less likely to look awful with it!
The colour selection at lipstick counters can be mind boggling, but after a spell you should know which colour group works for you and which doesn’t. And to get the exact shade that will make your lips look lovely and kissable, swipe those testers on your fingers and choose!
I hope this tip helps someone!