Lipstick is one of the most versatile lip colors in the world. In fact, this beauty staple has made its mark and has rightfully secured its place in just about every girl’s makeup bag. The only problem: Sometimes, it can be confusing to determine which lipstick shade is best for your skin tone. While the right hue can perfectly tie together just about any makeup look, choose the wrong shade and it can make you look like you’ve come back from the dead. We know how frustrating this whole process can be, which is why we’re breaking down how to find the best lipstick for your skin tone.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A LIPSTICK FOR FAIR SKIN TONES
Those of you with fair skin tones should pay close attention when choosing a lipstick because you run the risk of looking extra pale (like vampire pale) when wearing one. To avoid that, reach for a matte shade that has light pink undertones. Going for a touch of color can help liven up your complexion without taking you into doll territory.
There are also a couple of lip colors you should steer clear of if you have fair skin. Staying away from lipsticks that have yellow undertones is a must, as these can wash you out and make your skin look lackluster and dull. You should also avoid lipstick shades that have an orange tinge because they can make pale complexions look sallow.
OUR BEST LIPSTICKS FOR FAIR SKIN
One of the best ways to narrow down the best lipstick for you is to take your favourite finish into consideration. Have your pick from the three lip options below!
OUR BEST LIPSTICKS FOR MEDIUM SKIN
Keep things simple and try one of the following lipsticks. Each is perfect for medium skin tones, so it all comes down to personal preference—aka you can’t go wrong!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A LIPSTICK FOR OLIVE SKIN TONES
Skin tones have more options than you might think when it comes to lipstick. Peachy lipsticks can help balance the green undertones in olive skin tones and add warmth to your look, while a light golden beige lipstick can help to enhance your olive complexion. Both peachy and golden beige are beautiful choices for olive skin, but some of the best colors for an olive skin tone are caramel or taupe shades. The only rule is to stay away from lipsticks that are lighter than your complexion. Failing to do so can make you look like you’re wearing concealer on your lips instead of an actual lipstick hue.
OUR BEST LIPSTICKS FOR OLIVE SKIN
Not sure how to find a golden beige lipstick? You can cut your search short and have your pick from the following three lipsticks for olive skin.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A LIPSTICK FOR DARK SKIN TONES
When shopping for a lipstick for dark skin tones, the best option is a chocolate lipstick. If you have a deeper skin tone with red or blue undertones, go for a darker lipstick. You can also choose a sheer, shiny that will let your natural lip color show. Remove any lipsticks with gray tones from the running and you’ll be in the clear.
OUR BEST LIPSTICKS FOR DARK SKIN
There’s a perfect lipstick out there for everyone, including those with dark skin. Play up your pout with one of our favourite lipsticks for dark skin and you’ll see just what we mean.
HOW TO APPLY LIPSTICK
Once you’ve chosen the best lipstick for your skin tone, it’s time to apply! Start by lining your lips with a similar shade of lip liner. Once your lips are lined, don’t reach for your lipstick just yet! Color in your lips completely with your lip liner first. This will help create a base for your lipstick and allow your lip color to last even longer—and who doesn’t want that