It’s crazy to think that something that is packaged in a small tube has the power to instantly perk up one’s day—and we couldn’t be more thankful for it. From bold reds to fierce pinks, we explore the perfect shades that elevate and boost confidence.
Is there a correlation between wearing a good lipstick and boosting one’s mood? We definitely think so. A study done by Harvard University, titled ‘The Lipstick Effect’ found that wearing cosmetics had a positive effect on the women that were involved in the study, making them feel a sense of overall improvement in attitude, personality, and self-esteem. And we couldn’t agree more. What may seem like a small tube of product to some, could be a total lifesaver for others. Even bare-faced, one swipe can instantly make you look more put together and change how you feel. Whether it’s a cool-toned red or a bright fuschia that does the trick, we explore some of our favourite hues that are total power players and ultimate self-esteem boosters.
Red lipsticks are tried and true when it comes to a shade that can transform your look. Instantly appear more put together and awake with just one swipe of your favourite crimson shade, and you’ll be ready to take on the day. Whether its a cool or warm-toned red, it’s definitely made its mark as one of the most uplifting lip colours to empower and lift your mood. For a universal shade that’ll flatter just about anyone is MAC’s Ruby Woo. The balance of blue-toned pigments is just right for it to be a perfect, universal red that all women can proudly wear, regardless of skin tone!
MAC, Lipstick in Ruby Woo. NARS, Lipstick in Schiap. MARC JACOBS BEAUTY, Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in So Sofia
The category of pink lipstick spans so many hues and tones, we can’t help but sometimes feel lost in a myriad of pinks. As for power pouts, it’s the bold and bright that are true game changes when you need a little pick-me-up. Universally, keeping to a more blue-toned pink is the safest bet for any skin tone. But if you’d like to get into the nitty-gritty, for those with a lighter complexion, it’s best to stay away from shades that are too cool as it has the potential to wash out your skin. Darker skin tones should be wary of blue-pink shades with icy undertones as your complexion can wind up reading a bit ashy. While those in the medium realm have it the easiest and can get away with almost any shade, though raspberry and hot pink are particularly flattering. Our tried and true, some of our favourite pinks include Marc Jacob Beauty’s So Sofia and NARS’ Schiap, that are uplifting, alluring and a total confidence booster.
Giving the reds a run for their money, a good berry coloured lip is sexy, strong and definitely makes a statement. It’s a colour that’ll instantly bring the focus to your face and is a total power move. Don’t be afraid of it and wear it with full confidence. While it’s virtually impossible to take a one-size-fits-all approach to lip colour, a berry comes pretty close. The Purple Temptation L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte from Lancome is one of our top picks, not only does the colour work on so many skin tones, but it also encompasses the magic of making your teeth look whiter. Leaving the lighter shades behind, don’t be afraid to go bold with more plum and maroon hues as they are a lot more forgiving than you think and are truly universal.
Trusted Toppers: Elevate your power pout with these lip toppers for a fuller and glossier effect.