How to find the lipstick that flatters your skin tone

by Aarti Kapur Singh

Here is a comprehensive guide to finding the lipstick that suits your skin tone!

The cardinal rule of being on top of fashion and beauty trends is wearing clothes or makeup that look good on you, instead of blindly following what is creating a buzz. Fashions fade, style stays.skin tone 01

And we all have fallen prey to fashion fads several times. Most of us have a bunch of lipsticks in our beauty bag, some that we wear all the time, some that never get touched. There’s a reason for that. You may have fallen in love with a lipstick in the store or on Angeline Jolie’s face, but when you put it on yourself? It just doesn’t work. That’s likely because the lipstick color clashes with your skin tone. You may have bought it on an impulse and now it is just sitting there.skin tone 02

Be sensible. You may buy just one expensive product – but let that product be worth your money. Check and double-check the lipstick with your skin tone and then buy it.

1. Basis the undertones:

Everyone’s skin has undertones of either yellow or pink. Yellow is warmer, pink is cooler. Knowing your undertone is enormously helpful when you’re trying to figure out which lipsticks look best on you. And there is a method to identifying what is your undertone. Look at the veins on your wrist. If they are blue, and you also tend to wear more of blues, whites, and grays, you’ve got pink undertones. If your veins appear greener, you have a warmer yellow undertone. If they appear to be both blue and green, you are the lucky owner of a neutral skin tone (meaning equal pink and yellow tones), and you can wear any color. Still unsure? Hold a piece of gold jewelry and a piece of silver jewelry up to your face. Ignoring your personal preference, assess which looks better with your skin — cooler (pink) tones go better with silver jewelry, whereas warm (yellow) skin tones work better with gold.skin tone 03

For yellow undertones, stick to warmer colors and for pink undertones, look for shades with blue or purple tones in them.

As a general rule of thumb, everyone should avoid lipstick colors with a gray, ashy or overly pale feel, as they make the skin look sickly or unhealthy and are universally unflattering.

2. Basis Shape of Lips:

There are some general rules that apply to certain lip shapes like darker colors making lips look smaller and lighter and brighter colors making lips appear bigger. So take note of whether you want to accentuate or minimize your lip shape before you start narrowing down lip colors so it won’t be as overwhelming!skin tone 04

3. Picking the Colors:

A. For Fair Skin: Lighter lipsticks are always a great choice for girls with fair skin. Tones like nude, pale, pink or light brown will be pretty suitable, especially if you use glossy lipsticks. For those with cool undertones, a nude or a soft chocolate color will be remarkable, and warm ladies must look for peach shades. If you want to create a more glamorous look, try red lipstick, and I’m completely sure you’ll be happy with your results. But generally speaking, nude tones are more flattering for girls with pale skin – they make the skin glow.skin tone 05

B. For Medium SkinGirls with medium skin tones are lucky since they can look good with most lipstick shades. With medium skin tones, you have a pretty nice palette of colors to choose from like browns, red, fuchsias and peaches. For medium skin with warm undertones, try copper or bronze colors and cool undertones should give pinks and cranberry colors a go!skin tone 06

C. For Darker Skin: Dark reds and coral will make your lips look attractive if you have darker skin. Girls with darker skin and cooler undertones should try wine-colored shades. Coppers and bronzes look startling for warmer undertones. Although some dark skin misses look gorgeous in lighter colors rather than these suggested tones, it is better to stay away from pale tones because they are too conflicting. For darker skin with cooler undertones try ruby and wine-colored hues. For warmer undertones, coppers and bronzes look pretty on your pucker. While some dark complexioned ladies carry off nudes and lighter colors rather than these recommended reds, beauty experts generally agree on avoiding orange.skin tone 07

 

 

 

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