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Lipstick Day: Why Some Lipsticks Work Better on You than Others

Every day should be National Lipstick Day because nothing packs a punch like a stunning lip colour! But with options ranging from glossy to matte and stain to pencil, picking a shade is only part of the task. Learn how to navigate the sea of lip products to find the perfect tube for you.

The glow-getter

When you’re debating lipstick versus lipgloss, take your lip shape into account. If you have fine lips or a small mouth, your dream lip colour scenario should include radiant colour. A high-shine finish not only makes lips look incredibly healthy and hydrated but the reflective quality will visually enhance the shape of your lips. If you’ve ever wished for a fuller pout, this added benefit can be transformative. Look for a glossy lipstick, such as L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick. The oil-infused formula comes in a range of naturally-beautiful shades from soft nudes to fresh berry hues that flatter every skin tone. For an elevated boost, seek out L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Plump and Shine. You’ll find juicy shades, such as guava pink, nectarine orange and watermelon red, and a cooling, tingling formula that delivers a glossy finish and visibly plumps lips.

The modern statement-maker

If you want lips that make a bold statement, look no further than matte lipstick. For an incredibly rich, opaque finish, matte is the way to go. The hydrating formula of L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick also delivers colour that’s comfortable to wear. If you have matte red lipstick on your radar (and you should!), this collection includes two that were created exclusively for very famous ladies and promise to flatter a range of skin tones. Prefer neutral hues? Check out L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Lipstick, where matte gives 15 flattering nude tones an edgy makeover. Regardless of the shade, the most important thing to know about this type of lipstick is how it can alter lips: The absence of sheen means that it retracts light and can make objects appear smaller than they are. To counterbalance the visual FX, a precise application that enhances the lip line is ideal. If you need a quick fix for fine or asymmetrical lips, try using lip liner in a matching shade to subtly overdraw your lip line. Matte textures can also be less forgiving of an uneven surface, so soft, smooth lips are a necessity. Prep with gentle exfoliation and a layer of nourishing lip balm to help matte lipstick set smoothly.

The classic

Beloved by Hollywood stars since the dawn of motion pictures, satin cream lipstick is the OG of lip colour textures. And it’s still going strong today! While matte and gloss step in and out of the spotlight, satin cream will never go out of favour because it delivers the goods. We’re talking intense colour plus a gorgeous, subtle sheen. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Colour is also loaded with hydrating ingredients including omega-3, vitamin E and argan oil. The classic nature of this moisturizing lipstick makes it a must-have for everybody. It’s universally flattering on all skin types and ages, easy to wear and adds a polished note to the face. Whether your idea of a signature shade is warm bronze, fresh rose pink or rich red, you’re guaranteed to find a perfect match within the shade range, which runs 49 colours deep. If you’re not sure where to start in the lipstick aisle, dive in here.

The multi-use tool

If you currently consider lip liner an extra step, it’s time to reframe that thinking. Lip liner is like shapewear for your lips! Anything applied on top of it just looks that much better, and the deceptively versatile tool can be used in numerous ways to elevate a beautiful lip colour. First, you can use it all over your lips, filling in from outer to inner contours, to create the best lip stain or a base for any lipstick. Designed to resist feathering, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner provides creamy colour that hydrates with omega-3 and vitamin E. This beauty trick will maximize the long-wear power of a satin cream lipstick and increase the longevity of any glossy finish. Choosing a perfect match between pencil and lip colour will reinforce the overall shade, but you can also use a darker or lighter lip liner base to transform the tone of whatever goes on top. If you’re going the matte-lipstick route, choose a coordinating texture of liner, such as L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner, for consistency. Another reason to love lip liner: The precise nature of a pencil tip allows you to transform your mouth. It can help achieve clean lines along the Cupid’s bow and lower lip line, amplify the overall silhouette of lips and even out fullness as needed for the appearance of symmetry. Last but not least, lip liner offers up an easy beauty hack: Mix it with a clear lip conditioner to create a tinted lip balm.

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