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5 Qualities Your Lipstick Should Have

Your lipstick buying guide

(cover photo from sharmaintang)

There's a list of things women can never have too much of: clothes, shoes, bags, and our favourite one--lipsticks. A lipstick is like the cherry on top of a perfectly whipped vanilla ice cream sundae. It gives your face a pop of colour and it determines your overall style. Plus, it's a treat to buy!

To keep you in the know of how to snag that perfect lipstick, here are 5 lipstick-characteristics you should look for. 



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Here's a tip: never sacrifice comfort for color. No matter how elegant the packaging is and how amazing the colour payoff is, if a lipstick isn't moisturising then you better find another one. A good lipstick should be hydrating enough to give you smooth and soft lips whenever you wear it, not dry it out all throughout the day. For those who love matte lips, look for formulas that aren't too drying. Ideally, they should look matte but feel velvety on the lips..


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You wouldn't want a lipstick with a formula that isn't creamy. You can test this quality by swatching it on our your arm or the back of your hand. Because whether it's satin, sheer, or matte finish, if it's not creamy enough it won't glide easily on your lips and application won't be as enjoyable, with the colour looking patchy and uneven. 

Complement Your Skintone

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Keep in mind that if a lipstick looks goods on someone else doesn't mean it will look good on you too. That's why there are tons of colours to choose from--so it can match all skin tones and undertones. The basic rule is: darker shades flatter darker skin tones (unless you're going for a retro feel), bright and dark shades flatter fair-skinned people, and most nude, orange, red, and pink shades flatter olive skin tones. You can also apply the undertone rule and apply shades similar to your undertone. Those with yellow undertones should go for warmer colours, while those with pink undertones should go for shades with blue or purple tones in them. 

Long-Wearing & Transfer-Resistant

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Unless you don't mind reapplying your lipstick through the day, then go with a regular lipstick instead. However, for those who don’t have time to reapply lipstick over and over, look for a long-wearing and transfer-resistant lippie. These are the kind that keep lips looking perfect from 4 to 8 hours or more, and doesn't budge even if you eat greasy food, kiss your beau on the cheek, or accidentally wipe it on your clothes.  

Great Colour Payoff

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A lipstick's colour is no use if doesn't look like there is actual colour on your lips (or at least on your arm when you're swatching it). It's the reason we all buy lipsticks in the first place! A lipstick with an amazing colour payoff makes it a lot easier to quickly pull your whole look together. One swipe all over your lips and you're done!

What is your favourite lipstick? Let us know in the comments below!