We’ve all been there and done that. I’m talking about the time you went out with a lipstick color, that either clashed with your skin tone or simply drowned you out. We often see a lipstick color on a celebrity or even a friend, which we really love and it’s only natural to want to go and buy the same. And I don’t know about you, but the amount of lipsticks I’ve bought over the years that were wrong for my skin tone is embarrassing. I’m sure I’m not alone in that;)
The mistake is that lipstick looks very different on different skin colours and skin tones. What may look amazing on your friend may well look terrible on you. I will share with you these secrets to finding the best lipstick color for your skin tone.
Always prep your lips properly
Before we get to understanding lip colors an important point is to always prepare your lips properly. Chapped or dry lips will not look good under lipstick. To be frank, your lips will just look a mess. And who wants that?!
Prepping your lip is really simple, all you need to do it apply lip balm before applying any lipstick or lipliner. This will ensure that your lips are soft and moisturised and that your lipstick won’t dry them out.
Know and Understand Your Undertone
This is one of the biggest factors you need to take into account when buying any makeup. You always need to know your undertones in order to get the right colours. Otherwise, your makeup will all look wrong!
An easy way to see what colour undertones you are is to look at the veins at the back of your hand. If they are blue, then you are cool-toned, if they’re green then you’re warm-toned and if you’re unsure, then you’re probably neutral toned. You can also go to your local makeup shop or stand and they can help you figure that out.
Once you know the colour of your undertones, it will be easier to buy all your makeup, including your lipsticks.
Best lip colour lipstick for fair skin
Just because you’re pale does not mean you can’t have fun with your lips! You just need to do it right. Corals and light pinks always look good with pale skin.
Many pale people think they can’t wear bright, popping colours. Of course that is untrue, in fact, no-one can get it quite as dramatic as the pales. Try bright red or fuschia pink and you will be rocking it. Small piece of advice, keep the rest of your makeup toned down and simple or it will kill the look.
Best lip colour for warm undertones
So it’s really very easy, if you have warm undertones, then you need to stick to warm colours. These are like, red, pink, peach, orange, goldish and yellow. These will all compliment your skin tone.
Best lip color for cool undertones
Cool undertones work in exactly the same way as warm undertones. If you have cool undertones then you need to stick to cool colours. These are like plum, burgundy, deep reds and purples. If you are daring you can even try blue!
Best lip color for neutral undertones
Neutral undertones are where things can get a little tricky. You see, neutral undertones can basically wear whatever shades they want! Yup, there are always those lucky few who suits everything and somehow I’m never part of that group;)))
All jokes aside, if you have neutral undertones it may take a little trial and error to get your palette totally right. You may be able to wear cool but not very cool and ditto for the warm shades. The reason for this is because your ‘neutral undertone’ may not be exactly in the middle of the spectrum. Your shade may be slightly nearer to cool or to warm. It will just take some trying out on your part to get it perfect.
Assess your natural lip color
To shake things up a little, who says that matching your lipstick to your undertones is the best way to get awesome lips. According to Yahoo beauty editor Julie Giusti, all you need to do is assess your natural lip color and use that as a base. What a genius idea, because, it actually works! I think it works best with nude shades because they are the hardest to get right.
For the perfect nude, I recommend trying out a shade or two darker than your natural lip color. That way, the lipstick will give your lips color and depth, but you will still have that natural, nude look. After all, no-ones natural colours actually clash!
Be creative with your shades
Instead of using just one shade of lipstick at a time, learn to be creative with your lips and treat them like an empty art canvas. Switch up your shades and use a few different colours that complement each other. My favourite trick at the moment is adding highlighter on top of my lipstick. It gives my lips an instant glamorous look!
You can make your lips as fab and interesting as you like. I recommend mixing up colors for a more defined, unique look. Try a different lip liner for the lipstick you’re using.
Once you have your base colours to start with, ones that won’t clash or wash out your skin, the sky is the limit and your lips are the canvas. Be creative and let loose.
You can either match your lipstick colors to your natural lip color, or to your skin’s undertones. As for you neutral undertone people, count your lucky blessings!
I hope you have enjoyed these tips on how to choose the best lipstick colour for your skin tone. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.