Published on September 9th, 2013 | by beauty international0
How to Find the Best Lipstick for Your Skintone
There are literally hundreds of brands, and probably thousands of shades of lip colours to choose from – not to mention having to decide between balms, glosses, crayons and lipsticks. You can narrow down the options by choosing a colour that will work with your natural skin tone, not against it, for a super flattering look.
There are some general rules, however. Lip glosses will make your lips look bigger and fuller (for an extra pop, apply a dab of highlighter in your cupid’s bow), while darker colours will make your lips look smaller and thinner. The most flattering lip colours are those which are just one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour – but different shades of pink usually work well on all skin tones.
But to find out if a lip colour will work with your skintone, you need to determine what kind of skin tone you have. It’s pretty obvious to see if you’re fair- or dark-skinned, but what about if you have a warm or cool skin tone? Warm skin tones have yellow or orangey-red undertones, with greenish-coloured veins and usually accompany ash blonde, dark brown or black coloured hair – whilst those with cool skin tones have pink or red undertones with blue-coloured veins and chestnut brown, golden blonde or red coloured hair.
Lipstick with Fair Skin
Avoid extremes: the brightest pinks, darkest bronzes and browns will look too harsh against your pale skin, but light and pinkish browns will brighten your complexion. Look for orangey-based shades too, fruity colours like apricots, light corals and peachy reds. If you have cool undertones, try coral reds and orangey-reds – brick reds look better on warm undertones.
Lipstick with Medium Skin
Nude tones will probably look too close to your skin colour and result in your complexion looking washed out. Instead, turn to warmer shades with hints of coral or gold; pinks, cranberry tones and brick reds will all look great. Those with cool undertones will find their skin brightened by brick reds and true reds, while shocking corals look gorgeous against complexions with warm undertones.
Lipstick with Olive Skin
Many people with olive or Mediterranean skin tones have yellow bases to their complexion – avoid purples and pink- and blue-toned reds since they can accentuate these yellow tones and make your skin look sallow. Instead, go for browny-reds, corals, berry shades and brick reds. Most olive complexions have a combination of both warm and cool undertones; test out a variety of shades to find one that suits you perfectly.
Lipstick with Dark Skin
Those with dark skin can wear practically any colour, although chalky colours with heavy white bases could contrast too much. Orange and coral colours add a fantastic splash of colour, while dark reds and deep plums will illuminate your complexion. Deep berry shades will give depth to cool undertones, while coppery bronzes will shine on warm undertones.