Lip gloss has more of a shine to it than lipstick. It is designed to still look wet even when it has dried and there are many different styles. Some have glitter and a multi-tonal look to them.
Lipstick takes away the glossy shine and often looks more sophisticated and is great for work dos or balls.
You need to consider the undertone of the skin. This may be a cooler shade or a warm one with pinks and reds in your skin. Those with a cooler undertone will find that rich colours work very well.
Look out for those with blue tints to help blend well. If you have a warmer tone then you could look at the coral and pastel colours – these shades tend to make cooler tones look paler.
If you’re looking for something for an event, then the bold colours are definitely worth thinking about.
However, when it comes to wearing it on a daily basis, maybe for work or university, you want to find something that is calmer and blends a little more with your natural skin colour.
Avoid glosses during the day as they stand out too much.
What type of eye shadow are you wearing? Are you wearing something that will stand out or do you want to play it safe? The lipstick will need to be the opposite to your eye makeup in most cases.
For example, if you’re going for the sultry, smoky eyes, tone down your lipstick with paler colours. If you want to keep your eyes lighter, make your lips stand out with darker tones.
The easiest way to choose between the different colours is to think about your natural lip colour. Work with that and opt for shades that are one or two points darker or lighter.
This will help to avoid making your lips stand out for the wrong reasons since it will be easier to blend with your natural complexion.
Most people have friends who have done a beauty course. If not then you will be able to find one easily.
Talk to them about lipstick colours and which ones will suit your skin better.
You will never know if something will work unless you try it. There are usually trial lipsticks on the counter so you can look at the different shades and work out whether something looks good. Make sure you try them closer to the natural light to get a good idea.