How To Pick The Right Lipstick Shade For Your Skin Tone


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How To Pick The Right Lipstick Shade For Your Skin Tone

Fashionistas may declare that neon lipsticks are ‘in’ this season, but this does not mean that it will suit every skin tone. Most fashion brands and magazines often focus on a single skin tone and people follow their trends blindly.

However, we believe that different colours suit different complexions. So, we have created a comprehensive guide that will help you choose the right lipstick colours, which will perfectly complement your skin tone.

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How to buy a lipstick?


Have you bought a beautiful lipstick from the store, only to find that the colour does not suit your complexion at all? Well, the secret of picking out the correct lipstick colour that suits your skin tone lies on your finger tips, literally! When people test lipstick, they often try it out on the back of their hand. But, the colour of your hand is very different from the colour of your lips. Your fingertips are very similar to your lips in texture and colour.

So, try out the shades on your finger tips, place it against your face and then make a decision. Remember, the lip colour that will suit you the best will be one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour.

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Skin tones and undertones

To know what lipstick shade will look best on you, first see what is your skin tone. You should know whether you have a fair skin, wheatish complexion, or a dusky colour.

After this, every woman needs to know her undertone as well. Everyone has either a warm undertone or a cool undertone. If the veins in your arms are green then you have a warm undertone, but if they look blue then you have a cool undertone.

Now, let us see what lip colours will suit your skin colour as well as your undertone.

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Fair skin


Dark shades do not really complement your skin, but medium shades will make you look gorgeous. Colours like apricot and corals will look flattering on your skin tone. While, shades of brown and orange will just throw your whole look off.

Warm undertones: Go for peach and coral colours, as they will look absolutely stunning on your lips.

Cool undertones: You should opt for mauve and mocha shades.

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Wheatish complexion

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If you have wheatish complexion, then you can carry off almost any colour confidently. You can easily move your colour palette from brown to peach. However, you should avoid nudes because they will make you look really pale.

Warm undertone: You can opt for bronze, cinnamon and copper colours.

Cool undertone: Shades of pink will suit you the best. Red will also go very well with your complexion. While picking out a darker shade go for cranberry, but avoid tomato red.

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Dusky complexion


Brown and berry shades will look quite flattering on you. Bright orange and pinkish reds are an absolute no-no for your skin tone.

Warm undertones: Subtle brown and berry shades will look great on you.

Cool undertone: Choose from shades like brick red, brownish red and caramel.

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Dark complexion


If you have a dark complexion, then you can opt for shades like brown, red and purple quite freely. But, always stay clear of orange shades as these can look unflattering on you. 

Warm undertone: Shades of copper, walnut, bronze and honey will look good on you.

Cool undertone: Those with cool undertones can opt for ruby red and wine colours.

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Must-know tips


Now, that you know which colour suits your skin best, here are a few simple tips that will enhance your pout further:

  • After the lip colour, it is time to invest in a good quality lip liner of the same shade. Lip liners ensure that your lipstick does not bleed and stain the area around your lips.
  • If you have bought a couple of colours on an impulse that don’t suit you at all, then no need to throw them away. You can mix and match your lipstick colours to come up with something you like.

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So, the next time you walk into a store, you can confidently choose the lip colours that suit you the best. Happy shopping!

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