Do you know your glaze from your gloss? A tube of lipstick can awaken the Marilyn Monroe in all of us. We’re immediately sexy sirens who demand attention. It’s not so sexy though, when you’re trying to figure out which one of the many variants is for you. Sit tight, rubybox has you covered.
Matte: Lipstick was traditionally created in a matte formula. Matte lipsticks are highly pigmented and offer stand-out, long lasting colour. Try rubybox Beauty Smooch Stick
Gloss: Lipsticks with a gloss finish can be sticky in consistency and shiny in appearance. They offer vibrant colour coupled with sheer coverage. Gloss-like lipsticks tend to keep your lips soft and supple but don’t stay on your lips as long as other formulations. We love Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer
Satin Finish: Also coined by Tom Ford as ‘soft matte’, lipsticks with a satin finish offer shine and hydration. They’re non-drying and contain moisturising ingredients which keep your lips plump. One slick of colour goes on easily and leaves an opaque finish. Try Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Peche Cosy
Pearl and frosted lipsticks: These variants create a shimmering effect, lips sparkle and glisten. They reflect light and have a shiny effect on your lips and is usually dry in texture. Try Black Opal True Colour Lipstick in Burnished Bronze
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Lip Balms: Enriched with shea butter and vitamin e oils, they are all about hydration and often also have an SPF. Mostly applied for their moisturising and protective benefits, lately, lip balms have been tinted so it offers you a hint of colour and satin finish. We love Balm Balm Lip Balm
Lip Stains: These liquid based products are painted onto the lips and provide all-day, vibrant colour that comfortably glide onto your lips and later dry down to a matte finish. Some lip stains can be drying, so it’s best to apply a moisturising balm first. We love Stila Crush Lip & Cheek Stain
Found your lippie preference? Now lets introduce you to your ideal shade.
Porcelain and fair skin tones: Orange-based shades in fruity colours suit you perfectly. Nudes, pinks, berries and plums brighten your look without overpowering it.
Bisque and beige skin tones: Colours with crisp, clean undertones contrast nicely against your skin tone. Clear pinks, true reds and shades with flecks of gold and coral undertones look great on you.
Golden bronze skin tones: Either go bold or nude. Look for rich colours with warm undertones to bring out the natural honey tones in your skin.
Dark skintones: Go bold and bright, you can pull it off! Head straight for cool reds, plums and raspberry shades.