Avoid Coral Lipstick if you are over 65 – Best Life

Lipstick is one of the most exciting makeup products out there. A hint of red can transform an everyday look into a fully glamorous look in an instant, while a hint of berries can awaken your features and help you feel your best. However, since lipstick makes such a statement, you should make sure you choose the best shade for you. Getting older can mean leaving some colors behind. Read on to see which lipstick color experts you should stop wearing after 65 and which ones you should make your own.

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Makeup experts suggest avoiding coral-toned lipstick after the age of 65 as it can make your teeth appear yellow, which is a sign of aging. So why does it have this effect? Because of its yellow undertones. “That undertone can make teeth appear more yellow compared to a cooler undertone lipstick,” he says Laura Roncaglione professional makeup artist and co-founder of MyBeautik.com.

Coral isn’t the only shade that includes yellow. Browns, peaches, and nudes also have hints of hue, meaning you might want to skip them too.

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The stronger the lip color, the harder it can appear. “To avoid showing your age, I recommend staying away from anything that’s too different from the wearer’s skin tone—dark on fair skin or light on dark skin—or that’s very light,” she says professional makeup artist Mandy Brice. She notes that the color difference between skin and lips can accentuate the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth — something you probably want to avoid.

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So what are the best colors to wear instead? Roncagli recommends creamy lipsticks in natural-looking shades. “If you have thin lips, avoid matte lipsticks,” says Roncagli. “They will make your lips look even thinner.”

The only exception to the natural shade rule is when you want to counteract a faded smile. “Bright, bold colors that don’t have a lot of yellow in their makeup are great for brightening teeth and making them look whiter,” she says professional makeup artist Maria Winkenwerder. “These colors register in red (without the yellow tinge), red-blue tones, or purple tones.”

Of course, you should also never skip a color if it makes you feel most comfortable. “I generally say that makeup is a form of self-expression, so women of all ages should wear whatever color they want,” says Brice. “That being said, they’re definitely some lipsticks that make women look older, which isn’t usually the goal of makeup.”

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Achieving incredible lip color after age 65 isn’t just about color choice, it’s also about how you take care of your skin and lips. “An important tip when applying lipstick is to make sure that the area around the lips and the lips [themselves] are fully hydrated,” says Winkenwerder.

To make sure you’re doing this right, choose a quality lip balm, lip mask, and face cream. If you’re not sure where to start, ask your dermatologist for a recommendation. With regular use, you’ll be ready to confidently rock even the most glamorous lipstick.

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