True story: I once bought a bright red lipstick and wore it fearlessly for a month, before I realized that it was not working. Not at all. Nine years later, I can safely say that I have done plenty of self-education and research to realize what shade of lipstick is right for my skin. Learning how to choose the right lipstick color for your skin tone is essential. The best part? It’s not as tricky as it sounds.
Looking For The Right Shade Of Lipstick
Look for a color that is just one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. You want to choose a color that will complement both your skin tone and the natural color of your lip.
Testing Your Lipstick Shade
Test, test, test! Make yourself into a human guinea-pig and try out all the colors you have picked. If you want to try before you buy, there are always test tubes available for this purpose.
Although the easiest way to try out your chosen shade would be to apply it straight to your lips, this is not hygienic! Instead, try applying the lipstick to your fingertips. These days, cosmetic experts say that the tone and texture of your fingertips are a better match with your lips, rather than the age-old method of applying lipstick to the back of your hand.
If there aren’t any test tubes available, the color sample printed on the box is usually a fairly accurate match, so find yourself a mirror and hold it up to your lips.
When you can, try testing your lipstick out in natural light as this will give you a better indication of the true shade. Hold it up to a window or, better yet, take it outside!
What Shade Of Lipstick Is Right For My Skin?
Fair Skin: Look for shades of pink and red with a blue undertone, such as a deep plum red or a light pink. Look for a shade of brown that has a pink undertone, like mocha. Avoid hot pink, reds with an orange undertone and pale browns with a yellow undertone.
Medium Skin: Look for shades of red with a yellow undertone, such as a deep red, blue-red or brown-red. Look for shades of rich, deep pink with brown undertones. Look for shades of brown with yellow or pink undertones, such as a rich caramel or creamy coffee. Avoid browns that are too pale.
Brown/Black Skin: Look for shades of red with a blue undertone, such as a deep plum red or a mahogany. Look for any shade of brown. Look for soft, sheer pinks with a beige undertone. Avoid pinks and reds with orange undertones.
What Should I Do If I Buy The Wrong Shade?
It’s not a big deal if you buy a shade that is wrong for you. Try blending one or two different shades to get the right tone for your skin. If you’re lucky, you might even find the perfect lipstick color for your skin by experimenting.