What Your First-Date Lipstick Shade Says About You

Your color of choice may communicate more than you realize.

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We're no rookies when it comes to creating a statement lip, but deciphering exactly what statement that may be is another thing entirely. In regards to romantic encounters, different shades can send different signals—some you probably don't intend. So then, one could argue the color you chose to swipe on before heading out for that first date could be the reason why he never called again, or the reason why he did.

Are you coming across as confusing or closed off? Or is your kisser painting you as playful or sophisticated or bold? Karen Pine, style psychologist and author of Mind What You Wear, The Psychology of Fashion, lent her insight in an interview with Mashable to help decode the messages your pout is putting out there. The phrase 'read my lips' has never been used so literally.

From classic red to hot pink, find out what your favorite hue says about you. 

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"You are sending out emotionally charged signals, wearing a color associated with passion, energy and action. You're a bold, confident woman and one in her sexual prime." 


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"You want to be taken seriously, have nothing to hide and a lot to give. There's a vulnerability and sensitivity to your approach but with the right partner, you're willing to bare your soul and wear your heart on your sleeve." 

Hot Pink: 

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"Pink is the color of innocence, but you've added some heat too, signaling a mixed message of approach-avoidance. Your date may be confused as to what you want from a relationship, and maybe you're not too sure yourself, but ultimately it must appeal to your heart, body and soul."


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"Your color reflects your strong, decisive character, but you may find yourself holding back on the date, unwilling to give away too much too soon. It's a color that says you're strong but take a while to get to know you, so your date needs to be patient." 


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"You are approaching the date with enthusiasm, playfulness and the right amount of balance. You want to be noticed, know where you are going and may be in a hurry to get there. You're willing to have fun and just see where it goes." 


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"With its undertones of purple, you've gone for a regal hue that conveys an image of sophistication and uniqueness. This shade also suggests enlightenment and creativity, so you're expecting some stimulating conversation, someone out of the ordinary, and your date had better deliver."

Bare Lips: 

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"You have a no-nonsense approach, don't want to play games or get off on the wrong foot. So by not wearing lipstick, you're saying, 'This is me, take me as I am, or not at all.' You'll be looking for openness and honesty from your date."

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Sarah Lindig

I am an experienced editor, writer, and creative strategist, specializing in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle content for digital media outlets, as well as video and social platforms. While I currently operate as a freelance contributor/consultant, with such clients as The Zoe Report, my 10+-year background in the industry was cultivated at the dot-coms of elite publications, including Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, and Marie Claire.