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How To Wear Light Lipstick Shades Without Looking Washed Out

How to Wear Light Lipstick Shades

Even though dark shades of lipsticks like reds, wines, and maroons look elegant and sophisticated, light lipstick shades like nudes and pastels have their own charm. From celebrities like Kim Kardashian and our very own Priyanka Chopra to international supermodels like Barbara Palvin and Alessandra Ambrosio, everyone has rocked light lipstick shades like a pro.

Light shades of lipsticks are great to pair with everything, from the simplest no-makeup makeup looks to dramatic smokey eye makeups. Unlike most dark lipstick shades, these lipstick shades can be matched with any eyeshadow and blush combination without having to worry about colours clashing. But unfortunately, light lipstick shades can sometimes make you pasty and sallow.

Here are some tips to wear light lipstick shades without looking ashy and washed out.

1. Find the right light lipstick shade for your skin tone and undertone

If you find that your favourite light lipstick shade is making you look washed out, you have probably chosen a shade that is too light or pale for your complexion. We understand you are not going for a contrasting makeup look with a dark shade of lipstick, but choose a light lipstick shade that is at least a shade darker than your skin tone, especially when choosing nude lipstick shades. Pay attention to your undertones and choose a light lipstick shade that complements it. For example, light and fair skin tones should opt for light lipstick shades with a soft pink undertone while those with darker skin tones will look effortlessly chic in lipsticks that have brown or peachy undertones. For example, the shades Just A Teaser and Peach Personality from the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick range are gorgeous powdery pink and peach lipsticks that will add a light wash of colour to your lips without making you look washed out.

2. Add some dimension and colour to your lips with a lip liner

If you feel like your light lipstick shade is not standing out enough, add some depth and dimension to your lips by outlining them with a lip liner that is just a touch darker than your lipstick shade. A dark lip liner will not only help you create a contrast between your lipstick shade and your skin but you can also use it to contour your lips and give them more volume. Blur the edges of your lip liner and blend it with your light lipstick shade to create a soft ombre effect. And that’s not all, using a lip liner also keeps the lipstick in place and prevents your lipstick from feathering or bleeding outside your natural lip line. The Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in the shade Totally Toffee is the perfect nude brown lipstick that will help you instantly add colour and dimension to your lips and create a fully accentuated pout that stays put for maximum impact.

Need help in applying lip liner the right way? Read our step by step guide on how to apply lipstick to know more!

3. Make a statement with your eyes

Light lipstick shades are perfect for playing with colour on the rest of your face. From dramatic black smokey eyes to bright orange cheeks, all different makeup colours perfectly complement a light shade of lipstick. Neutral lips are great when paired with bold eyes, so go all out with your eye makeup if you want to take attention away from your lips. Depending on your lipstick colour, you can either create soft monochrome makeup looks with similar colours on the eye or create a dramatic contrast with dark and vibrant eyeshadow colours. Use bronzer and contour to carve out your facial features and add warmth to your face and use a bright coloured blush to emphasize the high points of your cheeks. Add a pop of blinding highlight on your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose for a glowy, sun-kissed look.

Bonus hack – Use your light lipstick shade to add a flush of colour to your cheeks and eyelids to create a quick monochrome look with just one product. The Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in the shade Touch of Spice is the perfect soft lipstick for a monochrome no-makeup makeup look.

While dark lipstick shades add drama and glam to your look, a light shade of lipstick looks effortlessly young and fun. Neutral lipstick shades are essential to create minimalist looks but it is easy to pick up a shade that makes you look ghostly and unwell. Follow the tips mentioned above to create a statement even with a light lipstick shade. Not convinced just yet? Use the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool to test different neutral and light lipstick shades to create a look that does not make you look washed out. The Virtual Try On tool is great for experimenting with different Maybelline makeup products in real time with zero commitment. Simply use the Live Camera feature or upload a photo from your gallery and see yourself in Maybelline!

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