Finding the Best Lipstick Shades for Your Skin Tone

Wearing a bold colored lipstick has the power to make or break your look.
The right lipstick color can create a mood and define your features, but a lipstick that is the wrong shade for your skin tone can be more distracting than flattering.
Here are some tips on how find the right lipstick for your skin tone, whether you have a date night or just want to find a color to change up your everyday look.

Fair Skin

Pinks and reds work well, but anything too light or too yellow will wash you out. Lipstick really pops on fair skin, which means you can really have fun finding the perfect color. 

Darker Skin

Deep reds, plums and berry hues are great at complementing darker skin tones. For a subtle, everyday look, deeper shades will be more flattering. Try to avoid anything too light unless you are looking for a bright, statement lipstick.

Olive Skin

Olive skin undertones tend to be neutral, which means you can wear almost any color and it will look good. Nude, pink, red, or even orange lipsticks will look great and you can look to your outfit to decide what color to wear that day. It is hard to go wrong if you have an olive skin tone.

Know your Undertones

It also helps to know whether your skin’s undertones are considered warm or cool.
Sometimes if you have a different undertone than most people with your same color complexion the color may suit your friend or sister but won’t suit your undertone.
A good way to tell what your skin’s undertones is if you burn in the sun you probably have cool undertones.

If you tan, your undertones are probably warm.

Cool Undertones

Lipsticks with blue or purple undertones look best. For example, when you go to choose a red lipstick, you will want to look for a deep, bluish red rather than an orange red.

Warm Undertones

Warm lipstick shades like bright reds and oranges will look best on you.

Try it On

The best way to know if a color will complement your skin tone is to try it on.
You can use the tester shades on the back of your hand.
I also like to lift the hand up to my face look in a mirror and see if that shade will work for me. Sometimes I will smile to see how that shades makes my teeth look – if my teeth look yellow then the shade isn’t for me but if my teeth look pearly white then it’s a good shade.

If you’re still nervous about investing in a lipstick that may not work for you, there are some great inexpensive brands like Wet n’ Wild, NYC, and e.l.f. to test out colors without breaking the bank and wasting money. Once you find a color that you love, you will be able to invest in a similar color from an upscale brand if you would like.

Do you have a favorite lipstick color to wear?

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