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Why does my lipstick change color on my lips?

nude lipstick
So, you found a gorgeous shade of peachy nude lipstick.... right on trend. It looks amazing in the lipstick tube but when you put it on, it turns orange within 15 minutes! It happens to me all the time. Pigments in the lipstick react with the chemistry of the skin and change color.
orange lipstick
This color shift is due to the pH of the skin. Our skin has an acidic pH of 4.5 to 5.5. It varies slightly from person to person which is why lipstick changes on some people and not others. 

The oil, sweat and bacteria on our skin create a protective layer called the acid mantle with its pH of 4.5 to 5.5. The acid mantle can change due to how we treat our skin. 

The skin pH can change due to the environment. The sun, as well as pollution, can affect skin's pH. 

What we eat can affect the pH of our skin. 

Sweating and cosmetic products can also change pH. 

The skin will always try to get back to 4.5-5.5 no matter how we abuse it. 

Use gentle pH balanced skin care products, eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies, and be careful in the sun to help maintain a healthy skin pH.

There are a few makeup tricks you can try to help keep your lipstick from shifting colors.

Makeup Hacks to Keep Lipstick from Changing Colors

Lip Prime
Apply lip primer before your lipstick. A lip primer will put a protective layer on your lips to help prevent lipstick color shifting, feathering and fading. There are a bunch of nice lip primers you can try with a variety of price points. Lipstick can go right on top of the primer or you can add foundation on top of the primer for even more protection.

Here are my Amazon Affiliate links to help you find the best products.

Urban Decay Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil 
Too Faced Lip Insurance
NYX Cosmetics Lip Primer 
e.l.f. Lip Primer and Plumper 

Apply Foundation
Apply a thin layer of your foundation to your lips before your lipstick to create a pH blocking layer.

Apply Powder
Next, dust on a layer of face powder over the foundation to set it.

Try Before You Buy
Use the testers in the store to see if the lipstick color changes on you. Apply the lipstick to your wrist. Shop around the store for 10-15 minutes then check your wrist to see if the color has changed.

Blue Based Lipstick
Lipsticks in warm pink, coral, peach, apricot and orange are notorious color changers due to their yellow and red pigments. Try using lipsticks with a blue base that don't shift as easily: blue reds, purples and cool pinks.

Color Shift on Purpose!
There are lipsticks and glosses that are made to change with your pH to create a personalized color for you. Remember mood lipstick back in the day? It has made a return.

Physicians Formula pH Matchmakers Lip Gloss $8.65
Fran Wilson Moodmatchers Lipstick  $5.25 
These simple hacks should keep your lipstick its true color all day long!
rose red lipstick
       Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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