This week's focus is on how to
Take the focus off your hips and onto your lips!
Summer is the perfect time to think about your lips. For one, did you know that lipstick has a built-in sunscreen and so automatically protects your lips from sun damage? It also helps my lips from being chapped and dry. Anytime I don't wear lipcolor for awhile (okay, I admit it, that doesn't happen very often) my lips get all dry and awful feeling.
Lipstick also can help your eyes stand out! Yes, indeed it can!
Tips for Choosing the right Lipcolor
Choose a lip color based on your DCC. If you like a lipgloss, you will get a more natural finish and it comes in either a high shine gloss or a regular gloss.
Lip Pencil? Well, this is a personal thing. If you DO wear a lip pencil, make sure we can't see it! When wearing lip pencil, make certain it is as close to your color of lipstick as possible.
If you want your lipstick to stay for hours, then fill in your lips completly with a pencil and then add a lip color on top. THEN take a single ply tissue and hold on top of your lips and dust it with a loose powder. Then finish with a lip gloss. Voila, your lipstick lasts for hours!
The trend today is that if your eyes are a bright color, then wear a more neutral lip color, or vise versa. But remember that balance is always best, whether it is on trend or not. What I mean is this: If you have bright eyes, then choose a brighter shade of lipgloss, if you have medium intensity eyes, then choose a medium intensity lipcolor or gloss, if you have light eye color, then a lighter shade is best for your lips and if your eyes are a dark color, then a deeper shade of lipcolor/gloss is best.
Applying your lipcolor with a lip brush will give you more even coverage.
Here are some recommendations of colors based on your DCC:
So choose a color that looks great on you and feels good too! Here are some good brands to try with price points for many different budgets:
CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lip Gloss: $4.39
Burt's Bees Lip Gloss Tube: $5.59
Bare Escentuals Lip Gloss Allure: $13
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss: $6.99
L'Oreal infallible Plumping Lipgloss: $9.99
Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick: $13
Mac lipcolor: $14
And now for the question of the week (since I only got one!):
RedheadKate asked: Several ladies at church were talking about hair length - they felt like they were getting to an age where they needed to go shorter (currently shoulder length or longer and they are in their 40s - 50s), but their husbands don't want them too. Based on appearance, I agree that they need to cut it - it is dragging them down. Any suggestions?
Answer: In a word: BUY a long haired WIG and wear it when her husband wants to run his fingers thru her hair!
Okay, my real answer: (Although the wig idea isn't such a bad one...) I recommend that each year a woman should look in the mirror on her birthday and really assess her look. Doe she look older with her hair in that style? Doe it look like it's dragging her down and making her appear tired? For the majority of women, shoulder length or above is best after a certain age. Some women can still carry a longer length, but honestly, most can't. And there are some REALLY cute shorter hairstyles that will make one look sassy and sexy no matter her age! And trust me, all a husband really wants is his wife to feel good about how she looks, so she has confidence in her appearance and can portray that confidence around him...so HE feels good. Then it's a win-win.
And the winner of Marybeth's signed novel The Mailbox goes to:
OneMoreEqualsFour! Congrats! Please email me your mailing address!
And finally, thank you all so much for your stories last week. Please keep them coming. I have been so touched by each of them and pray God's healing over your beauty wounds. I love you all,