Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What to Wear: Sizzlin' Summer Lips!

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:

Light or Cool:



Clear, Deep or Cool:



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 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,


Mariah said...


Is there such thing as a combination DCC? Like can someone be a soft and clear, or another combo? I feel like I'm having trouble with bouncing between two of the DCC colors. Thanks!

One More Equals Four said...

Woohoo! I NEVER win and it is my birthday today...a little birthday present! Thanks bunches! I cannot find your email I just missing it?

Anonymous said...


Thanks for the lipstick tips!

I've got a question for you - I am an "A" body-type and am struggling with placing my column on the outside. Am I doomed to wear solid color pants with a matching solid color cardigan (or jacket) forever? What about jeans? BTW, I am a soft so black is out, making shopping just a tad bit trickier...

Thanks in advance for the help!

Bridget said...

Hi Shari,
I wanted to share with you a lip color that I recently found. It's called Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Sheers. They have just a hint of mint moisturizer and SPF 20. I typically use blistex and my lip color all the time, and these tubes are the perfect combo! I bought them with a coupon, so I don't remember the price...probably around $7. Love them!
Question for you-nail color (fingers and toes) Do you follow the same guidelines for your lips? How do you decide what's the appropriate color to wear?

Supermanslady said...

I love Mary kay lipsticks and found the perfect color a few years ago - then they discontinued it! Ugh! I have struggled ever since. Going to have to go shopping again - I've been sticking to glosses more the last year.

The picture of the pig! WOW! I needed that laugh this morning! :-) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shari,

I have a question that goes along with Bridget's about nail polish color. I have a pair of bronze wedges, and would like some suggestions about the color of toe nail polish to use that would go with bronze?


Daphne said...

Hi, Shari :-) I like the color of lipstick, but I really don't like the "heavy" feel of most of them. Is there a way to tone down the heaviness, or should I stick with a gloss?

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Here's a Question:

I will be attending "SheSpeaks" this July and meeting with a publisher. A very amazingly kind relative just recently told me that she wanted to sponsor my wardrobe for that interview. She said that she would buy whatever I needed to look my best. This is SUCH a generous offer and I am so excited for God's provision! I don't own any pant suits. I have never been to a speakers or writers conference before and I have definitely never met with a publisher. PLEASE HELP!!! She wants me to make this purchase at JCPenney's. I have no idea what to choose. I don't own any blazers except a jean blazer. I have dark hair and a tan skin tone. I think I am a b body type. I have one pair of peek-a-boo toe black shoes, but do I strictly need to have closed toed shoes? Should I buy a black blazer with a nice dress shirt under? Is a skirt appropriate or are pants the way to go?

What's your best advice on how to take advantage of this huge blessing and generous opportunity?

Katie said...

Hi Shari!

A question for you....

We've had some pretty amazing humidity the last week in Chicagoland (and by amazing, I mean sticky...). What are your suggestions to be cool and comfortable when temps and humidity are high? Could you also speak to pieces that are great for transitioning between cold (not cool) air conditioned areas and the great outdoors that don't make you want to sprint to the car and crank the ac?


Kerhoo said...

I also have been wondering about nail polish they match the outfit or not .....just stay in your colors.....or just how do you decide which colors to wear with what?
I also was wondering about the online color you know when it will be up?
Love the site and all that you're doing!!!

Netter said...

When will your new book be out? I can't wait to get it!!!
Danette said...

Love the book idea- can't wait to read it. I like the sound of chapter 6: Make a Statement with Hair and Makeup. Thanks for giving yourself in ministry to bless all of us Christian ladies.