Picking the right lipstick
Matte lipsticks generally last longer than other formulas but are more drying.
Creams and sheers provide more moisture but are more likely to bleed and
feather. Long-lasting lipstick formulas use a liquid stain that lasts for
hours, topped with a clear gloss for moisture and color protection. Glosses
and balms are generally more hydrating than lipstick but require frequent
Reviewers say the following about lipsticks:
- A higher price does not necessarily
equal better quality. There are just as many well-formulated lipsticks
at the drugstore as there are at the department store. In fact, many are
made by the same parent company.
- Identifying the perfect shade requires experimentation. You can find "the
one" by applying a sample to one side of your lips. The best shade
for you will usually be the same tone as your natural lip color, only
- There is a red lipstick for everyone! It may take a bit of experimentation,
but experts say that is best to match lipstick to your skin tone.
Warm skin tones can wear warm brownish reds while cool skin tones should
stick with cooler reds. Neutrals can go either direction. If in doubt,
consult with a beauty advisor at the cosmetics counter.
- Some shades can make your
teeth appear whiter. Look for shades with a blue undertone if you want
to camouflage yellow teeth.
- Soft, smooth lips are the best base for lipstick. Regular exfoliation and lip balm use will keep your lips in tip-top
shape. Experts recommend exfoliating at least once a week by rubbing a
damp washcloth over your lips in a circular motion. Look for a soothing
balm with shea butter, beeswax or petrolatum and use it daily. See our lip balm report for
- Stick with mattes or long-lasting lipstick formulas
if you have wrinkles around your lips. Yes, they are drying, but they
are the least likely formulas to feather and bleed into surrounding wrinkles.
- Lip liner helps color stay put and last longer. Coloring lips with lip
liner in a shade similar to your natural color will help lipstick last
longer and prevent feathering.