How to Lighten Lipstick (So It Works for You)

Maybe you want a little color but don’t necessarily need to make a statement. Or perhaps you’re curious about that trendy oxblood lip but are hesitant to fully commit. Lipstick-philes, this simple tip will change the way you apply the stuff forever. Here’s how to lighten lipstick so that it works for you.

What You Need:

Your lipstick in question and your finger. (You see where this is going, right?)

Step 1:

Instead of applying the lipstick straight from the tube to your face (which slathers on the most color), dab some of it onto your ring finger first.

Step 2: 

Lightly press the color onto your lips, concentrating it in the center. You’ll be left with a subtler hue that you can easily build up to your liking.

Step 3:

Just dab more until you reach your desired level of intensity.

And there you have it: Same lipstick, different looks.