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What Lipstick Color Should I Wear: 3 Steps to Find the Perfect Lipstick

What Lipstick Color Should I Wear: 3 Steps to Find the Perfect Lipstick

Whether you want to wear a bold red lipstick or a more neutral shade, the undertones in your skin will determine which color looks best on you. We’re excited teach you 3 easy steps on how to choose the perfect lipstick that will give you a healthy looking glow!

Step one: Figuring out your undertone

First things first, you need to determine your natural undertone, and to do this, check the veins in your wrists. People will either lean cool, warm or neutral. Knowing your undertone will help you select what lipstick color will look best on you.

  • If you have warm undertones, your veins will appear more green in color.

    Hint: The most flattering lip colors on you will range from shades of coral, peach, fiery red/orange red, warm-beige, and tangerine.

  • If you have cool undertones, your veins will appear more blue in color.

    Hint: The most flattering lip colors on you will range from blue-tone purples, rosy pinks, magenta, red with blue undertones and red with pink undertones.

  • If you have neutral undertones, your veins will be somewhere in between green and blue and most lipstick shades will suit you.

Step two: Understanding the color wheel and color theory

Now that you’ve determined your undertone, it’s time to get an understanding of which colors will work for you, and you can do this by studying the color wheel, (which will show how colors can influence each other). The color wheel is divided into two categories: warm and cool. Warm based colors are red, orange and yellow and cool based colors are violet, blue and green.

As a starting point, look for lipstick shades that fall into these two categories to get an understanding of what shades will work with your skin tone. Don’t worry though – if you have cool undertones, you’re not stuck with green and blue lipsticks for the rest of your life. Instead, you can look for classic colors that have cool shades in them, like a red shade with a bit of blue in it, to find one that will go perfectly with your complexion.

Step three: Find a shade that works well with your undertone

If you have fair skin: Cool-tone shades like magenta or ruby red will be fantastic against your fair complexion. These shades include blue-toned pinks, red with pink undertones and classic reds.

Your shade: jane iredale PureMoist Lipstick in Margi or bareMinerals GEN NUDE Radiant Lipstick in Tutu

If you have light/medium skin: Don’t attempt warm colors because they will wash out your skin tone. Classic nudes, true pinks, cranberry and a brick red, will look beautiful on you. These colors will look nice and rosy.

Your shade: Youngblood Lipstick in Debalicious

If you have olive skin: Go for fiery orange and vibrant coral shades. These work with your skin’s natural warmth to highlight your pretty olive tones. Rose colors, dark red colors, dark berry colors and dark apricot colors will be the most flattering.

Your shade: Glo Skin Cream Glaze Crayon in Jetset or Osmosis Colour Lipstick in Show Stopper

If you have dark skin: Wearing any vivid, saturated color on the color wheel will best highlight your deep complexion. Shades that will look lovely on you include violets, dark purples, fuchsia and dark berry colors.

Your shade: theBalm Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Sentimental

Do you have a question on matching the perfect lipstick for your skin tone? Let us know in the comments below, or tell us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #LovelySkin!

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Marie is a content writer and social media strategist who has worked at LovelySkin since 2012. She loves scouring the internet for the latest hair and makeup how-to videos and talking about her number one must-have skin care product - sunscreen!

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