The Lipstick Shades Scientifically Proven to Make You Feel Happier
Colour theory holds that certain hues affect us in similar ways (which is why, for instance, dentists often use calming blue to decorate their waiting rooms), but have you ever thought about how this philosophy applies to your makeup? If a red room can inspire passion a la 50 Shades, it follows that a swipe of scarlet lipstick can do the same thing. Studies support this notion with colour psychology, or the study of colour as a driver of human behaviour, so well accepted it's used in everything from marketing to interior design.
With this in mind, we set out to uncover happy-making hues—the shades to reach for when you're having a day so crappy even Mars bar slice can't save you. What follows is a roundup of lipstick shades that can make you feel cheery just by looking at them. Of course, being lipsticks, we strongly recommend you apply them too. Keep scrolling to discover which lipstick shades can make you feel happier.
MAC Lipstick in Morange ($36)
Colour psychology says that this vivid shade relates to our gut instincts, meaning it can be handy to have around when you're having trouble making decisions. It's also said to offer emotional strength, so don't think twice about reaching for tangerine lipstick in tough times.
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Hello Sailor ($39)
Believed to encourage calm and composure, blue is also associated with success making it a top pick for stressful days in the office. It's not the easiest colour to pull off in a corporate environment, so consider opting for a sheer navy-spiked berry stain instead of an opaque formula.
Sephora Collection Color Lip Last Lipstick in Brown Is Back! ($17)
Kylie Jenner's favourite lipstick colour is serious, stable and down-to-earth. (It's also industrious which may go some way in explaining her Lip Kit success.) Feeling unstable and anxious? Paint on anything from latte to espresso.