How to Find The Best Lipstick Shade For Your Skin Tone

When it comes to makeup, a bold colored lipstick has the power to make or break your look. Makeup is meant to create a mood and define your features and the right lipstick color will do just that. But a lipstick that is the wrong shade for your skin tone (no matter how pretty the color may be) can distract from the look you are trying to achieve. So, how to find the perfect lipstick shade for you? Check out my tips below so you can choose the perfect shade for an upcoming date night or just want to find a color for everyday wear:

Fair Skin Tones – Lipstick really pops on fair skin, which means you can really have fun with it once you find the perfect color for your pout. Pinks and reds work well, but anything too light or too yellow will wash you out.

Medium Skin Tones – Lucky for you, it is hard to go wrong if you have a medium skin tone. Your skin’s undertones tend to be neutral, which means you can wear almost any color and have it look good. So, opt for nude, pink, red, or even orange lipsticks.

Deep Skin Tones – Deep red and berry hues complement deeper skin tones. Avoid anything too light unless you are looking for a bright, statement lipstick. For a subtle, everyday look, deeper shades will be more flattering.

Know Your Undertones – When it comes to choosing a lipstick shade, it also helps to know whether your skin’s undertones are considered warm or cool. Sometimes the rules above will not work for you if you have a different undertone than most people with your same color complexion. Here’s how to tell what your skin’s undertones are: if you burn easily in the sun, you probably have cool undertones. If you tan easily in the sun, your undertones are probably warm. If your skin has cool undertones, lipsticks with blue or purple undertones look best. So, when you go to choose a red lipstick, you will want a deep, bluish red rather than an orange red. If your skin has warm undertones, warm lipstick shades like bright reds and oranges will look best. If you have neutral undertones (you are not cool or warm), you can choose from a broad spectrum of hues that will look good on you.

When in Doubt, Try it On – In the end, finding a color that will complement your skin tone is all about trying it on. Go to a makeup counter and test shades on the back of your hand. If you are a little nervous about investing in an expensive lipstick that may or may not work for you, then have some fun in the drugstore aisles first. Once you find a drugstore color that you love, you will be able to invest in a similar color from an upscale brand later.

Whether your makeup is glam or minimal, the right lipstick shade always brings whatever look you are going for complete and until next time, stay happy, healthy and beautiful!

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