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Warm vs Cool - Lip Colours

You know the concept behind Warm and Cool lip colours right?

Warm = Yellowy-beige-gold based lip colours
Cool = Blue-red based lip colours

Majority of the people say that warm lip colours complement warm skin tones better and cool lip colours compliment cool skin tones better. However, in my opinion this theory only works best with choosing foundation colours and that's it. Everything else differs on different individuals and you should try and figure out which tones suit you best.

Now I really do not know the science behind what suits which skin tones but in my experience,

Warm lip colours against Warm skin tones usually clash 

This is because everything appears too much in symmetry and it makes the look flat as nothing stands out in particular.

I am wearing a warm peachy-nude lip colour below. As it has a lot of yellow in it and my skin is warm-toned(yellow undertones) as well, it makes me look a bit lifeless and dull in my opinion.

Having said that, it does not mean I cannot wear peachy-nude lip shades at all, yellow-toned lip colours like below just do not flatter me very well and I find them hard to pull off.  It just means I need to find a cooler toned peachy-nude colour that compliments my skin tone better.

It brings out the 'yellow' in me! yikes :S 

I used Sleek's True Colour Lipstick in Barely There above. It has a sheen to it and is quite comfortable to wear and does not slide off the lips. Not a very unique shade but if you're a fan of such everyday colours then you'll like this one for sure. 

Below I am wearing a blue-toned bright pink and although it's a loud colour to pull off, you might see how it lifts my face slightly and makes me look a bit more lively. It adds dimension to my face and as it's contrasting to my skin tone, it makes the lips stand out. 

Such colours albeit bright, are easy for me to pull off due to their cool undertone as they tone down the yellow undertones in my complexion

Above I am wearing Sleek's True Colour Lipstick in Amped which is a matte shade. If your lips are well moisturised and exfoliated, this will glide on like a dream, otherwise it will exaggerate dry areas. It is intensely pigmented and even after wearing off, leaves a nice stain to the lips which I love. I am in LOVE with this shade ♥  I like their matte range of lipsticks much better than any other of their finishes. 

But that's how it works for me. It might be totally the opposite for you, so give it a try ladies, compare your pictures wearing different lip colours and see what suits you best. A fun experiment for a boring day at home eh?

In both the looks above, I am wearing Sleek's Pan Tao Blush, which I believe is still available to purchase. Now some people hated this one classifying it as an 'orange' blusher. However that is slightly misleading as according to me its a bright peach and is perfect for the spring! It's pretty easy to pull on in fact and is such a unique colour.

Apologies for the overdose of Sleek posts but I am sure you guys do not mind as it's quite an affordable brand and available easily. I have a lot of their products lying around and the lovely weather unconsciously diverts me towards them. 

tackyblueeyeshadow said...

I do agree...the rules don't always apply. They do tend to apply with red lipsticks (for me at least) but not always with other colours.

I also think it depends on the depth of colour. For example, I have yellow undertones, but suit a blue based darker pink really well, yet I look truly dreadful in a pale blue based (bubblegum) pink!

Blue based colours will also stand out more on a warm complexion so are perfect for creating a more dramatic look. Which is probably why Girl About Town is my fave 'going out' lipstick!

I much prefer deeper shades of lipstick as a rule, paler shades just seem to wash me out. x

shoppingaholic said...

I <3 pan tao blush!! Thanks for the post... it's really helpful.

Get Gawjus! said...

@Tackyblueeyeshadow - About the depth of the colours - I totally agree! Paler lip colours seem to wash me out too. However, I have a pale nude colour by MAC which has some obvious pink in it and its look so pretty. I have depotted it so don't know its name.

Hussy said...

I have to try Sleek now! I've seen it on a few blogs already and so far I've like the outcomes. I agree with you on the clashing thing. I kind of felt the same way! I would go for warmer shades but end up getting discouraged until I heard the same tip from someone else and going for a cooler tone instead. Thanks for posting!

resham said...

The blush looks very Pretty....Personally, my skintone has tons of yellow in it and any colors from Peach family (ravishing) does not works at all for me...

Anonymous said...

Your are gorgeous, your hair cut is perfection!

esteeem said...

Amped looks gorgeous on you, more so than Barely There, but I'm a lover of bright colours like pink & purple on the lips anyway, so I'm biased.
I do love the blush on you though, it's never in stock when I shop though! :S

Supergirl said...

Yes, I agree with everything:)
What about me, I always prefer warm tones:)

EVE-O-LUTION said...

Such an aweosme blush.. where did u get it form? i searched a lot of places but they dont seem to sell Sleek makeup in the US :(

tackyblueeyeshadow said...

Shame you can't remember the shade of the Mac lipstick....if you ever remember, let me know!

Oh...and I'll have to buy that Sleek 'Amped' lipstick now, it looks blinkin' gorgeous on you...I need it! x

Get Gawjus! said...

@Andi - Thanks! You made my day coz I cut my own hair :D

The blusher is still available to buy on Sleek Make-up's website girls :)

Sana_A said...

Ohhh I like this post! I agree with all of it! I love your eyebrows and haircut!


graphology said...

Just some minutes ago I have bought the blush, on you it looks very gorgeous :-)

Hell Notes for Beauty™ said...

I never really paid attention to that but with this post you can def tell a difference.

I love the bright lip on you too, very pretty.

EllysMakeupbag said...

Both look amazing on you!

PeachesandBlush said...

You have amazing hair Shifa !
And nice post...i tend to veer away from cool colors thinking they wont suit me but i might test out that blue based pink sometime!

roshas said...

Wow you look amazing! I love warm toned colours on myself - it's just personal preference i guess? x

Tiffany said...

This is a great post! I have a warm skin tone and for me, I find warm lip colors to be more natural on me and cool lip colors to pop more. I use both, though, depending on what kind of look I'm going for. You look absolutely gorgeous with the bright pink lipstick! x

Jen W said...

Thanks for the great advice! I've never really thought about warm vs cool lippies on different skintones.

Can I just say you are a total babe? XD

Get Gawjus! said...

@Jen W - haha thanks :)

@Tiffanny - Warm colours are great for the day as I'm not that brave to rock a bright lippy at daytime hehe

@roshas - yea that's true hun, ofcourse If you personally like warm tones more than they are the ones that work for you better.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE amped on you! I really think I need to add that to my collection! xx

MEVISH said...

That lipstick looks beau--tii-ful on you babe! Is it me or do you get more and more beautiful in every post! ima try out that amped lipstick now ;)


FunnyFaceBeauty said...

I agree that there is no solid rules for wearing cool or warm lipsticks. It usually depends on the person. Both colours look awesome on you! I also love the Pan Tao blush. Reminds me a lot of NARS Taj Mahal.

blog-a-beauté said...

As I was scrolling down I thought the lighter peach shade looked lovely on you but as I scrolled down further and saw the picture with the brighter pink i totally got what you meant! The bright pink deff lights up your face!! I really like that blush as well! What foundation are you wearing in these pictures?! Your skin looks lovely! x




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