How to Find the Right Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

The perfect topper to any outfit? A killer lipstick. Not only does a color change your outfit completely, it also highlights your face’s natural beauty. I love selecting my lipstick color. A darker shade with a delicate dress adds a punch of edge while a bright color with jeans and a t-shirt plays up a rather neutral outfit. Plus, it’s an inexpensive way to try a trend and add some variety to your wardrobe.

Therefore, choosing the right shade for your skin tone is key. Where to start?

Identifying your skin’s undertone. You either run yellow, which means you have warm undertones or pink, which means you have cool undertones. To figure out which one you have, look at the veins on your arm. If your veins run green, your skin’s undertone is yellow. If your veins run blue, your skin’s undertone is pink. (Have both green and blue veins? Lucky you. You’ve got neutral skin.)

Once you determine this, choose colors that complement your skin’s undertones along with your skin tone. For example, those of you with yellow undertones will most likely have yellow, golden, or olive hues to your skin. Gold accessories look best on you. So, choose warm lipstick shades, such as reds, oranges, and pinks.

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Lipstick 3I love Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Venezia.

 Lipstick 4Or Tory Burch’s Pretty Baby.

Lipstick 5 And NARS Audacious Lipstick in Grace — bright pink coral.

 While those of you with pink undertones, you’ll want lipsticks with blue or purple tones. Typically, those with fair skin tones will run pink / cool. Silver accessories look best against your skin. And lipstick shades like deep blueish reds; blueish pinks; true reds; and purples will complement your skin tone best.

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Lipstick 9Love the deep shade of Urban Decay’s Deep Red Wine lipstick.

Lipstick 11Yves Saint Laurent has a beautiful blueish red shade in their Rouge Pur Couture The Mat lipstick.

For those of you with darker skin tones, you pretty much have your pick of colors. (#lucky) Yes, deep plums, berries, and reds will look stunning on you; but so will bold, bright colors.

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Lipstick 10Loving this Flat Out Fabulous from MAC lipstick.

Lipstick 13And Sephora’s Luster Matte Long-Wearing Lip Color in Electric Pink Luster — can we say wow?

Robin Puelma

Robin Puelma

Robin enjoys exploring her imagination daily. She lives in Los Angeles with her amazingly supportive husband, Alejandro, two adorable parakeets, Sebastian and Geronimo, and maltipoo, Moby. Free time together = city walking, coffee house exploring, new food finding, and red wine tasting. Free time alone = style watching, boutique shopping, and bookstore perusing. Currently, she's working as a freelance writer and an author of middle-grade novels.

1 Comment
  1. I can never find the right color lips. I have So many friggen mauve it’s time for a change! Thanks for the article I’m blue veined so now I have another option ❤❤

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