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Lipstick Colors That Are Aging

Is Your Makeup Aging You? Part Three

There are times when we might want to look older than we are, and those times are typically set aside for Oct. 31. But when it comes to everyday life, could you be aging yourself unintentionally with the wrong shade choices and techniques?

Most of us, if not all of us, want to maintain an age-appropriate appearance. (Note that I didn't say younger — just looking your freshest no matter your age.) That's why over the past few days, I've been exploring ways to keep your eye makeup and complexion looking sensational, not sallow. For my final bit in this series, let's explore lipsticks and hair tones. Go on,


  • Flatter your face: If your hair color isn't giving your skin a glow, it's time to switch it up. Hair that's too dark or too light hair can wash out your complexion, giving a less-than-optimal appearance. Not sure what color to pick? Get thee to a salon to seek professional advice. Perhaps you just need some face-framing highlights or lowlights to break up a too-severe shade.
  • Pucker up: Lipstick that is too dark and/or bright has its place in this world, but unfortunately, these choices can both be aging. Anything that's metallic or iridescent in nature can also create an unflattering effect. Not sure what to pick? Choose a lipstick or gloss that's about one to two shades darker than your natural pucker. Of course, you probably can't go wrong with a nice mauve-pink tone.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I always wear a light purple lipstick thats sheer with a bit of sparkle. It looks great! Its Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds. I've got naturally rosy lips and cheeks, so most lipsticks make me look like I'm sunburned.
pinkpeonygirl pinkpeonygirl 8 years
I am sorry, but I don't understand why naturally red lips are a "problem"? Isn't it the whole point of lipstick to imitate that coloring of the lips? I would love some red lips myself, but my lips are a little too thin to wear lipstick, besides that I tend to eat my lipstick ;-)
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Chrstne, I have the same problem with the naturally red lips, but I usually feel like I look better if I run with it. If I try to do the nude lips/smoky eye combo for nighttime, I feel like I'm trying to be something I'm not.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
You know, I am in my early 20's, and I noticed that there are a few things that definitely age me, or make me look "weird" and it's the lip color! I noticed that with my mom as well. Anything metallic on her just looks awful. Anything on me, just looks bad. I have fair skin, light-med brown hair, and hazel eyes. Too dark or too light makes me look like a fool. On top of it, I have naturally red lips (not fire engine) but a rosy-red, and it makes me self conscious. I wish I could find lip colors that were flattering. Metallic ages me as well, I think. Or makes me look plain creepy. Can't decide!
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