The Secret to Finding the Perfect Lip Color for Your Skin Tone
How often do you find yourself staring at the shelves of lipstick, feeling lost and confused and questioning your entire (beauty) existence? There are so many different undertones, consistencies, and finishes that make a trip to the makeup aisle seem more like a task than a fun jaunt. Even for me, as a makeup artist, it’s no cakewalk digging for a fresh new shade. But here’s the thing: It doesn’t need to be a task. Luckily, once you have a few key guidelines, it’s quite easy to find your ideal lip color. Below, I’ve put together a few quick tips that can help you in your lip color journey. Keep scrolling to see what they are!
Find Your Undertone
First and foremost, it helps tremendously to know your skin’s undertone. This little detail can actually assist in many fields of beauty and fashion, so it’s great to have it in your arsenal. Most people fall into one of two categories: warm or cool. Those with cool undertones tend to be a little fairer, while those with warm undertones can have a golden or olive hue. If you find it really hard to determine your undertone, there’s a chance you’re neutral (a mixture of both).
For your skin tone, lip colors with blue- or purple-shaded undertones look best. So when you go to choose a red lip, steer away from the orange-y shades and more toward the deep bluish reds. Be careful with shades that are too light, as they can wash you out.
Keep scrolling to shop three lipsticks that are perfect for those with cool undertones!
Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Magenta ($21)
If You're Still Lost…
If you still struggle to identify your undertone but you have a pretty basic understanding of your skin tone, don’t fret. People with fair skin look radiant in bold and deep colors to provide contrast to their tone. If you feel like you’re a bit more olive, then pinks, nudes (Tom Ford’s Lip Color, $53, in Warm Sable is a sure bet), and corals will suit you well. If your skin has a darker tone, choose a berry lip or a bold dark shade, like MAC’s Lipstick ($17) in Heroine, to amp up your look.
The main thing to remember is that ultimately your lip color is up to you. If you feel like you look best in a coral but that doesn’t align with the “guidelines,” do you. At the end of the day, we all feel the prettiest in whichever choice makes us the most confident. For example, most beauty experts would tell you to stay away from shades that seem too ashy for fear of washing out or making yourself appear dead-ish. But sometimes looking a bit gray is exactly what I aim to achieve—so an ashy lip it is!
Now that you know the right lipstick shade for your skin tone, figure out the right hair color for your skin tone!