Guide to Finding the Best Lip Shades for Your Skin Tone

by Joanne Coffey |

Lipsticks are like the cherry on top of any makeup look. Wearing a bold red shade or even a well-balanced neutral can kick your makeup look to the next level. Whether you’re into dark mauves or pinky neutrals, the undertones in your skin will determine which lipstick color is perfect for you. We’re going to show you how to pick shades that will be your lifelong BFF’s. 

How to Tell the Undertones in Your Skin: 

There are a few ways you can examine your skin to see your undertone. First, check the veins in your wrist. If your veins look more green, you have warmer undertones. If your veins look more blue, you have cooler undertones. If you can’t tell if they’re more green or blue, then you have neutral undertones. If so, you’re lucky! Most lipstick shades will compliment your skin tone. 


You can also take a look in the mirror. If your base skin is more yellow or gold, you have warmer undertones. If your skin looks on the pinker side, then you have cooler undertones. If you’re looking in the mirror and don’t see either, welcome to the neutral life. 

 

 

Which Red Lipstick Will Look the Best for my Skin? 

A bolder red lip looks the best paired with natural-looking skin. If you’re planning on rocking that red lippie, always wear minimal face makeup to balance out that bold lip.

 

Warm Skin Tones

orange-based reds will look the most flattering. The orange base in the lipstick will bring out the warmer tones in the skin, giving you a healthy-looking glow. 


Cool-Toned Skin

Wearing a red lip that has blue undertones will be your best bet. These will be more of the bright, classic red looking shades.


Darker Skin Tones

Someone with darker skin that has more neutral undertones will look stunning wearing a red lip with berry undertones. 

 

 

How do I pick the best neutral lipstick? 

Warm Skin

Ladies with warmer skin should go for warmer and orange-based neutrals. These neutrals will complement your complexion, without standing out too much. 

 

Cooler Undertones

These ladies should go for more pinky neutral shades. These pinky shades will balance out the undertones in your skin, completing any makeup look. 

 

Are There Any Shades That Will Look Good on all Skin Tones? 

Lipsticks that have well-balanced neutral undertones that don’t lean too much, either way, will look perfect on any skin tone. Also, a classic red shade is neither too cool or too warm and will enhance almost any complexion. 



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