With national proclaim-your-love day around the corner, you’re probably already thinking about the perfect makeup look for your romantic Valentine’s date. We all know that a red or pink lip is essential for a hot date, but finding the exact shade of red or pink that looks best on you can be stressful. Do you opt for the bright Marilyn Monroe red, a more subdued nude pink or go for a Barbie-inspired hot pink? Too. Many. Choices. To make your trip to the makeup counter full of fun instead of panic, we spoke with Gillian Okopny, NARS National Lead Artist, on how to choose the perfect pink and red lipstick shade just for you. With these six lipstick commandments, we promise you’ll have a full red and pink lipstick wardrobe rotation in no time!
Tip #1: Take your entire makeup look into account
“Generally, when choosing any lip colour, I will take into consideration the overall look that I am trying to achieve. If the client or model has a bolder eye look, I will choose something subtler for the lip. If the eye is more natural, I may go for something like a bold red or deep purple.”