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Can You Match Your Lipstick to Your Dress?

Trend Alert: Matching Lipstick With the Dress

While most of you think that matching your lipstick to your nail polish is OK, how to you feel about matching your lipstick to your dress? At the Adventureland premiere, actress Kristen Stewart went full out with a coral Herve Leger striped dress and a similarly-hued lipstick. At last night's Mysteries of Pittsburgh premiere, Sienna Miller opted for an orange-based red dress with an almost identical lipstick.
For tips on how to pull of this look with ease,

  • Don't go overboard: Being matchy-matchy can look dated. If you choose to coordinate your lipstick and dress, don't follow suit with the same nail polish color.
  • Skin tone: If you're going for this monochromatic look, take into consideration your underlying skin tones to avoid a washed-out look. Don't know if you're a warm or a cool? Take my undertones quiz to find out.
  • Tone it down: Unless your dress and lipstick are lighter in color, keep your eye makeup simple as not to compete with your bold dress and lips.
  • Mix it up: If you're trying to match a bold color, it can look tacky if the lipstick is unintentionally off. Experiment with whatever you have to get it right. Think Scarlett Johansson's perfectly blended tomato-red lipstick.
  • If you're leery of the one-shade look: Get the effect of matching tones by coordinating your lipstick with an accessory for an unexpected pop of color.


Join The Conversation
xoxoGG xoxoGG 8 years
Ugh Kristen Stewart just bugs me. Personally I think it's fine matching your lipstick with your dress, as long as it is not overboard, or clashes with your whole complexion.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I like it sometimes
gingerale33 gingerale33 8 years
Yep, the matching eyeshadow is a bigger issue.
luckykarma luckykarma 8 years
Frenched I am with you as well and I love that you have a Nana avatar!!
Louie Louie 8 years
These two both look good, so I don't have a problem with it. Eyeshadow would be a big no-no.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
Sienna looks blech imo, but Kristen looks pretty nice. Not my favorite makeup look tho.
naziazholesusuck naziazholesusuck 8 years
i think kristan looks better cause her shade is slightly darker but in the same family as her dress. sienas is TOO exact. i don't see anything tacky or dated with being matchy as long as it's done tastfully. like blue matching eyeshadow to a dress would be gross.
vanilla19 vanilla19 8 years
Sienna's face looks strangely orange and ruddy.
dragonlady920 dragonlady920 8 years
Sienna looks really good here. I'm with everybody else--matching the eyeshadow would be way worse!
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
I think it looks fine. The eyeshadow matching would bother me more - agreed.
prettywarrior prettywarrior 8 years
It looks really odd to me. Like part of the dress jumped up to her face.
emalove emalove 8 years
I like it :) Kristen and Sienna look great.
neonbee neonbee 8 years
I think this is okay as well. Sienne pulled it off really well (and I'm wondering what lipstick she's wearing).
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm with Frenched as well!
Evalicious Evalicious 8 years
bellasugar should do a post on matte drug store lipsticks. I want to try it out, but I don't want to spend money on a good brand until I know whether or not I like it.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I agree, Frenched.
greenjeff01 greenjeff01 8 years
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Frenched Frenched 8 years
I think it's OK to do that without being all matchy-matchy. I think it's cheesier when girls match their EYESHADOW to the clothes they're wearing.
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