The Secret to Finding the Perfect Lip Colour for Your Skin Tone
How often do you find yourself staring at the shelves of lipstick, feeling lost and confused and questioning your entire (beauty) existence? Even for me, as a makeup artist, it’s often. Luckily, there are a few quick tips that can help you in your journey to find the perfect shade. Keep scrolling to see what they are!
First and foremost, it helps tremendously to know your skin’s undertone. This little detail can actually assist in many fields of beauty and fashion, so it’s great to have it in your arsenal. Most people fall into one of two categories: warm or cool. Those with cool undertones tend to be a little fairer while those with warm undertones can have a golden or olive hue. If you find it really hard to determine your undertone, there’s a chance you’re neutral (a mixture of both).
For your skin tone, lip colours with blue- or purple-shaded undertones look best. So when you go to choose a red lip, steer away from the orangey shades and more toward the deep bluish reds. Be careful with shades too light, as they can wash you out.
Keep scrolling to shop three lipsticks that are perfect for those with cool undertones!
If you still struggle to identify your undertone but you have a pretty basic understanding of your skin tone, don’t fret. People with fair skin look radiant in bold and deep colours to provide contrast to their tone. If you feel like you’re a bit more olive, then pinks, nudes (Tom Ford’s Lip Color, $70, in Warm Sable is a sure bet), and corals will suit you well. If your skin has a darker tone, choose a berry lip or a bold dark shade, like MAC’s Lipstick ($36) in Heroine, to amp up your look.
The main thing to remember is that ultimately your lip colour is up to you. If you feel like you look best in a coral, but that doesn’t align with the “guidelines,” say screw it and do you. At the end of the day, we all feel the prettiest in whichever choice makes us the most confident. For example, most beauty experts would tell you to stay away from shades that seem too ashy for fear of washing out or making yourself appear dead-ish. But sometimes looking a bit grey is exactly what I aim to achieve—so an ashy lip it is!
Now that you know the right lipstick shade for your skin tone, figure out the right hair colour for your skin tone!