Finding the right lipstick colour for your skin tone can seem daunting but following a few simple guidelines, it can make choosing a colour that suits your skin tone, a simple process.
Some people wear lipstick every day without even questioning it. However, for others, it might be too daring to wear a bright lip colour or even a neutral shade that accentuates their natural lip.
Luckily, there are easy tips and tricks to find out which lipstick colours look best on you.
Finding Your Undertone
The first step is to figure out your undertone. This will help you out not only when looking for lipsticks, but also when searching for a foundation or concealer as well. Your skin has three undertones, neutral, cool and warm and it's the colour underneath the skin's surface, which impacts your skin's hue.
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People who tan easily, usually have warm undertones, while those that don't usually have cool undertones.
Golden, peachy and yellow undertones are often referred to as warm undertones. If you're the kind of person that tans very easily, you probably have warm undertones.
It's also said that people who look better in gold jewellery also have warm undertones.
Other physical features that may indicate you have warm undertones
Strawberry blonde hair
Veins wrist look green
Cool undertones have a blue, red, or pink hue to the skin. People with a cool undertone tend to burn easily or tan slowly, look better in silver jewellery, have brown, black, or blond hair, have blue, grey, or green eyes, and the veins on their wrist look blue.
The in-between of cool and warm is the neutral undertone. People with this undertone tend to tan slowly and do not burn often, look good in gold or silver jewellery, and the veins on their wrist look green and blue. Neutral undertones tend to be able to wear any lip or hair colour they'd like.
Lipsticks for Each Undertone
Picking a lipstick can be an overwhelming decision, but once you have figured out your undertone, you can look at the undertones of different lipstick colours to find out if they will look good on you.
Obviously, if you have a warm undertone, you should go for warm-toned lipsticks. Neutral undertones have it the easiest. If you're lucky enough to have a neutral undertone, almost any lipstick colour you go for will look amazing.
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Lipsticks for Warm Undertones
If you have a warm undertone, you will want to choose warm-toned lipstick colours. Whether you want to find the perfect bold red lipstick, or pink that looks good on you, or even the perfect nude shade. The shades with orange or yellow undertones will look beautiful with your undertone.
When choosing the perfect red lip colour, go for orange or brick red lipsticks. Beauty Bakerie's Matte Lip Whip in Cherry Flambé, for instance, is the perfect true red lipstick for a warmer undertone.
For a very 90s brick-red lip, the MAC matte lipstick in Chili is a great choice. When it comes to more subdued shades, warm toned pink lipsticks like Bite Beauty's Butter Cream Lipstick in Hazelnut are a good option if you are wearing a bolder eye look.
Another good option is Maybelline's Colour Sensation in Blushing Bud. MAC's Powder Kiss Lipstick in Sultriness is another warmer toned lipstick with a little bit of a deeper shade.
Lipsticks for Cool Undertones
When you have a cool undertone, cool-toned lipsticks will look best on you. Cool tones usually have a blue tint to them. It is important to pay attention to the undertone of your lipsticks, that way you don't have to spend too long to figure out if a certain colour will look good on you.
When choosing a red lip colour, try to go for blue reds like MAC's classic Ruby Woo lipstick. You can also go for deeper blue toned reds like the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen. Hot pink lipsticks often have a blue hue to them, which also look beautiful in cooler undertones.
Trixie Cosmetics has a stunning barbie pink lipstick called Stacy's Mom. For a more subdued look, the Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna is a great pink shade for a bold eye look or your everyday makeup look.
Lipsticks for Neutral Undertones
Do you have that one friend that has every shade of lipstick and it all just magically works for her? Well, those are the lucky people who have a neutral undertone.
People with a neutral undertone tend to be able to get away with any lipstick shade because their skin is like a chameleon that pulls the tones that different lipstick give off.
The sky is the limit in terms of lipstick choice if you have neutral undertones, so go wild and pick any shade that pops out at you and give it a try.
No need to spend ages finding lipsticks that suit you
Finding the perfect lipstick colour for you is not an easy task, but it can be a lot less difficult once you know your undertone. Now you don't have to spend ages looking at lipsticks that you can't try on and wonder if it will look good.
Now you can simply identify the undertone of the lipstick and, if it matches yours, head to the checkout and take it home.
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