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Life’s a Peach: Coral Lips and How to Achieve Them

Posted on 24th Oct 2011 @ 9:17 PM

Life’s a Peach: Coral Lips and How to Achieve Them

Peach: it can often seem like the hardest lipstick colour to pull off. Is it too pale? Will it wash me out? And will I look like I have the dreaded ‘concealer’ lips.In actual fact; when it comes to peach, it’s simply about choosing the correct shade. Got a beautiful tan? NYX Round Lipstick in Pumpkin Pie is probably for you; a pale nude peach that’s best suited to bronzed beauties. Pale and interesting? Pink/Peach shade NYX Tea Rose Round Lipstick will really complement your fair skin. And at just £4.99, it’s a pocket-friendly make-up bag must have as well.

There are few shades that look great against all skin tones, but NYX Round Lipstick in Orange Soda seems to be one of them. Bright and bold, it’s a quirky colour – but surprisingly easy to pull off, with or without a tan. Barry M Lip Paint in Orange (No 117), on the other hand, will set off a deep brown tan and looks fantastic paired with a sweep of pale pink blush and neutral eye shadow. The bad news is if you’ve got dry, cracked lips, you can’t hide behind your lipstick if you’re opting for peach. A pale lipstick like coral, peach or pale pink will accentuate every crack and flake; clinging to that dreaded dry skin. Avoid this by applying a thick coat of petroleum jelly before bed, after lightly exfoliating your lips with an old toothbrush. For daytime wear, add a coat of clear lip gloss or tone down your Tango Man Oompa Loompa with a nude shade first.

Heading out for the night? Be brave and rock that vibrant lipstick, for a change! Just remember to tone down the rest of your make-up if you don’t want to look like a drag queen.But if you’re going to try a peach lip, do it now. Summer’s the best time to opt for a lighter cooler as skin’s generally a little darker, and deep shades tend to take a backseat. Leave your deep purples, plums and dark browns in your make-up bag until autumn and winter – and enjoy experimenting with new colours now. So as you’re packing your beach bag with summer’s essentials – sun lotion, sunnies and sun hat, why not swap your staple nude for something a little brighter? And wait for the compliments to come rolling in…