Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Tips to Go Bold with Spring Lip Color

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Tips to Go Bold with Spring Lip Color

Article excerpt

Everyone with a soul that yearns to sing in the sunshine should be wearing more color as the weather breaks free of this winter death grip. And I can't wait to see yellow dresses, tangerine shoes and hot pink denim, but and don't take this personally I'm concerned about your face.

The spring runways were besieged with lips so vibrantly hued that it was hard to look at anything else. It scared some people.

Don't worry if the idea of wearing roadside safety worker colors on your lips doesn't seem appealing. The runway was full of extremes, but there's plenty of tempered moderation that will still allow your lips to shine without traffic screeching to a halt for all the wrong reasons.

I haven't found the right pop of "hot orange" to suit my taste; variations were on many a runway, including Rag & Bone, Dennis Basso, DSquared2, John Galliano, Prabal Gurung and DKNY. But the idea of warm weather has me ready to click my heels and give my face some color.

It's probably no coincidence that I was attracted to M.A.C cosmetics' new "Bold Spring" lip color described as a deep blue pink. It looks more purply pink on me, but it's a welcome pastel souped-up with technicolor. Oddly enough their "Good Taste" lipstick, described as fuchsia pink, felt a little too neon against my complexion, but it's just a shade or two south of "bold spring."

So you've got your work cut out for you, and here are some tips to make it easier.

1. Your cosmetics counter representative is your friend, but ultimately you have to feel comfortable. Pick a shade that works for you at this time. Maybe you're not the type to go from beige to magenta. Don't worry, there's peach. All things are relative. If the trend is bold lips, what's bold on you may be different from what's bold on someone else. But don't use that as an excuse to wimp out. Try on your new lips after sprucing up with a little bronzer. Even if you're not trying, you usually get a little sun exposure, and the touch of bronze can make the color more palatable.

2. The lighting in the makeup section is usually very bright and enticing, but you won't know the real color of your purchase until you're out in the sunlight. …

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