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How to Pick Right Lipstick for your Skin Tone?

September 3, 2016

Hi all..

If you too would like to figure out how to pick the most flattering lip sticks for your lips, keep on reading.


  1. Lip Shape


Before moving on to choosing lipstick according to skin tone is to also consider the shape of your lips.

There are some general rules that apply to certain lip shapes like darker colours making lips look smaller and lighter and brighter colours making lips appear bigger.

So take note of whether you want to accentuate or minimize your lip shape before you start narrowing down lip colours so it won’t be as overwhelming.

  1. Know your Skin Undertone

You can’t learn how to pick lipstick for your skin tone if you don’t get to know your skin’s undertones.

Knowing your undertone is enormously helpful when you’re trying to figure out which lipsticks look best on you.

If you’re unsure of your skin’s undertones, the easiest way is to look at the colour of your veins on your inner wrists in the light.

If they appear bluish, you’re cool and pink undertones and if they appear greenish, you’re warm yellow undertones.

For yellow undertones, stick to warmer colours and for pink undertones, look for shades with blue or purple tones in them.


  1. When not sure, Pick Lipstick Based on Your Skin Tone

  • Fair Skin Tones

Cool toned gals should go for nude or a soft mocha colour and warm gals should look for nude peach or pale pinks.

I know that there will be times when you’ll want to rock a dark lip and you’ll look amazing.

The great thing about fair skin is that bold reds and deep colours can be a fun way to play up your makeup and can look fantastic. Avoid anything too light or with too much of a yellow undertone so you don’t look washed out.

Dark shades do not really complement your skin, but medium shades will make you look gorgeous. Colours like apricot and corals will look flattering on your skin tone. While, shades of brown and orange will just throw your whole look off.

Warm undertones: Go for peach and coral colours, as they will look absolutely stunning on your lips.

Cool undertones: You should opt for mauve and mocha shades.


  • Medium Skin Tones/Olive Skin Tones


Olive skin tones are generally neutral, so it’s hard for you to go wrong. Most nude, pink, orange, and red shades are going to look good on olive skin tone. Look at what you are wearing to determine your lip shade. For an outfit with warmer colours, you’d stick to a warmer, bright lipstick.

Choosing lipstick according to skin tone doesn’t have to be a big deal.

With medium skin tones, you have a pretty nice palette of colours to choose from like browns, red, fuchsias, pinks and peaches.

For medium skin with warm undertones, try copper or bronze colours and cool undertones should give pinks and cranberry colours a go.

If you have wheatish complexion, then you can carry off almost any colour confidently. You can easily move your colour palette from brown to peach. However, you should avoid nudes because they will make you look really pale.

Warm undertone: You can opt for bronze, cinnamon and brown colours.

Cool undertone: Shades of pink will suit you the best. Red will also go very well with your complexion. While picking out a darker shade go for cranberry, but avoid tomato red.


  • Dusky Skin Undertones

Brown and berry shades will look quite flattering on you. Bright orange and pinkish reds are an absolute no-no for your skin tone.

Warm undertones: Subtle brown and berry shades will look great on you.

Cool undertone: Choose from shades like brick red, brownish red and caramel.


  • Dark Skin Undertones


When you’re picking the right lipstick for darker complexions, dark reds are sure to make lips look gorgeous.

For darker skin with cooler undertones try wine colour.

For warmer undertones, coppers and bronzes look pretty on your lips.

Deep plums, berries and reds look fantastic. Unless you are going for a retro feel or a statement bright lip, avoid anything too light or pale on the lips — deeper shades look more naturally flattering.

If you have a dark complexion, then you can opt for shades like brown, red and purple. But, always stay clear of orange shades as these can look unflattering on you.

Warm undertone: Shades of copper, brown will look good.

Cool undertone: Those with cool undertones can opt for red and wine colours.


Don’t feel obligated to reject or accept a colour you love just because isn’t considered acceptable.

I hope these tips make how to pick lipstick for your skin tone a little easier.

Of course, regardless of your tone and undertone, it’s up to you to decide what looks best and most flattering on yourself. If you love bright orange lipstick and it makes you happy, of course you should wear it.



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  • Reply Kari (Happy Coconuts Travel Blog) September 4, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Great lip advice!

  • Reply Ivonne September 4, 2016 at 2:24 am

    This should be printed and posted anywhere lipstick is sold. I quite often look at some woman and ask myself did they look in the mirror and really look at themselves. It would seem they’re interested in their favourite colour and not accentuating their beauty! Great advice!

  • Reply Cricket Plunkett September 4, 2016 at 3:10 am

    I’ll have to try these tricks

  • Reply Hayley September 4, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Some good advice, thanks for this post!

  • Reply Kim September 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    haha… I’m 50+ yrs old and can’t tell you how little I know about makeup, lipstick even. I’ve always been a pick up, try it out, like it or well, throw it away!! THANK YOU for saving landfills from my lipstick obstacles!

  • Reply candy September 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I never knew this about checking your veins. I’m cool and pink who knew.

  • Reply Taylor MObley September 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Lipstick is my favorite way to play up my makeup. I break all the lipstick rules and just go with what I feel.

  • Reply Shelby Bromley September 4, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I totally needed to read this! I struggle to find the right shade.

  • Reply Maaya Legaspi September 4, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    This is a very helpful post. I love lippies but i never test it if it looks good on me. As long as i love the shade, then i’ll buy it. I love how dark color lippies make your lips appear smaller. I’ll keep that in mind.

  • Reply Sylvia September 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I don’t look good in lipsticks but I love them 😀 I have one red from mac but unfortunately rarely wear it

  • Reply Janine Good September 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Great article! I have a terrible time choosing lipstick at the best of times! Thanks for the guide!

  • Reply Jenn | SingleMomWorksFromHome September 4, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve always had a hard time with this since my skin tone is almost as white as the background here lol. Everything makes me look like a vampire. Great post!

  • Reply Borei Design September 5, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Great guide!! I’m always on the hunt for a good shade. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Amanda September 5, 2016 at 1:11 am

    This was very informative. Selecting the right color is always a challenge for me.

  • Reply Jill Wiley September 5, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but great tips!!

  • Reply Ronda Bowen September 5, 2016 at 3:42 am

    I love wearing red lipstick – but it definitely has to have the right undertones.

  • Reply Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons September 5, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Someday I’ll wear makeup and I’ll be so glad I read this!

  • Reply Nellwyn September 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Great tips! I really need to expand my lipstick collection

  • Reply Danielle A Wilson September 5, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    great info

  • Reply Ty September 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Nice article. I’m looking forward to trying some new lip colors for Fall

  • Reply Jessica French September 7, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Very informative post. Great

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