Over 40s guide to wearing bright lipstick
Makeup artist Rae Morris shares her pro tips for finding your perfect bold lip colour
If you have ever thought you’re too old to wear a bright lipstick, think again. Priceline Pharmacy Makeup Director Rae Morris believes vibrant lip colours can look fantastic on women in their 40s and beyond – it just comes down to the right colour choice and application technique. Here, she talks you through the ins and outs so you can find your confidence to go bold and bright!
Bright lipstick basics
When you’re dealing with a few age-acquired lines around the mouth area, you need a slightly different lipstick application technique. Here are Morris’s top tips:
#1 / Ensure that your lips are really clean – no lip balm or errant hairs.
#2 / Use a lip pencil that matches your chosen colour to lightly pencil and fill the mouth shape.
#3 / Apply your lipstick straight from the bullet in a single application – multiple layers are more likely to bleed.
Bold lip colour dos & don’ts
Do: Keep your eye makeup neutral when wearing
a bright lip.
Don’t: Choose a metallic or frosty lipstick formula, as it draws attention to lines.
Do: Make sure a bright lip colour works with your overall outfit.
Don’t: Be afraid to wipe off your lipstick and start over if it looks tired.
Finding your perfect lipstick shade
Team pink, tangerine or red? Here’s how to find the best bright lipstick to suit you...
Lady in red
“A red lip suits everyone!” Morris says. “You just need to find your shade.” The key is to choose a red with either warm or cool undertones to match your skin tone. If you’re not sure about yours, try Morris’ simple test: “Silver jewellery is flattering on women with cool undertones, while women with warm undertones are more likely to wear gold.”
Pretty in pink
It doesn’t get any prettier than a popping pink lipstick. Women with a cool complexion generally suit pink lipstick, as the colour is generally cool-based. However, Rae advises that when wearing this bright lip shade: “Keep blush to a minimum, as you don’t want pink lips and pink cheeks.”
Bright orange lippie is a guaranteed head-turner – and Morris says it should be a go-to shade for those with warm and olive skin tones.
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.