Last Updated on October 6, 2022 by Ellen Christian
Learn how to tone down bright lipstick with these tips. Find out how to make lipstick lighter so you can use lip shades that are too bright for your skin tone.
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How to Tone Down Bright Lipstick
We all have that favorite bright lipstick we pull out when we really want to turn heads. You know, the one you wore to the New Year’s Eve party but probably won’t choose when you head to the PTO meeting or the grocery store.
I do enjoy wearing bright lipstick when I go out in the evening but I feel like I don’t pay them enough attention for day to day wear.
I know that some women choose bold, bright makeup colors all the time and some women can definitely pull off that look. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them.
There’s a reason I choose neutrals. I look better wearing them. That doesn’t mean I never choose the bold colors, I just don’t choose them often.
I fell in love with a gorgeous, satin finish lipstick with blue based red tones. As much as I adore this lipstick, it’s a bit bright for me.
Now that I know how to tone down bright lipstick, my purchase wasn’t a complete and total waste.
Here’s the process that I used to tone down bright lipstick.
- Apply the lipstick as you would normally.
- Blot off any excess using a tissue.
- Add a clear gloss to dilute the color of the lipstick.
- If you find the color is still too bright, instead of layering on a clear gloss, try layering on a lighter neutral color gloss over the top.
Here’s a tip. If your lipstick is too glossy, add some pressed powder over the top. If your lipstick is too matte, add some gloss.
Have you ever tried to tone down bright lipstick? Or do you give up and return it to the store?
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over 40. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.