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Your mouth may be where words come out, but when you're all made up, it's your lips that do all the talking! Your choice of lip color can make or break your look. Too bright and your makeup looks clown-like; too demure and your lips look dry and thirsty. Actress Gabrielle Union wore silver and taupe evening gown to the December 2010 BET Honors Awards, and designer Herve Leger featured a taupe and silver mini dress in his Spring 2011 line. When you wear an unusual color combo like silver and taupe, your lipstick is what brings your palette together.
You simply can't go wrong with red, and it translates across all skin tones. Even the most pale blond women look fabulous in red (think: Gwen Stefani) lipstick. Moreover, it provides some contrast between the duller hues of silver and taupe, and provides another point of interest in your outfit. Paler skin tones should go with a lighter, almost pink red, while darker skin tones want to go deeper, with a burgundy-red.
If your silver is shiny or your taupe is made with glitter, you've got all the pop you need in your look. Downplay your makeup, and shine those lips up with a sheer lip gloss. Invest in quality here; a cheap product means you have to pile it on, resulting in gummy lips. Add some definition to your lips by outlining them in a lip liner the color of your skin.
This is best for dramatic eyes -- say, silvery shadow to match the silver on your dress. If you have a super dark smoky eye, go with a pale pink lipstick. So that it doesn't make your lips look dry, add some shine on top of your lip color. Darker skin tones can go with an almost frosty pink, while lighter skin tones want to go with a slightly deeper shade of pale pink so the color isn't lost.
Dying to bust out of those pink/red lip color choices? Do a silvery blue lip hue -- dare you! The key to this color is gloss -- and plenty of it -- and a fairly demure eye color. If your eyes are too dramatic, the blue in your lipstick is going to make your face look like you should be onstage. Silvery blue is better than, say, electric blue with your dress colors. Make sure your gloss is sheer, so you don't take away from the blue tint.