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How Do I Choose the Perfect Lipstick Colour for My Skin Tone and Undertone?

Updated: Apr 5

Struggling to find the right lipstick shade? Discover how to match your skin tone and undertone to lipstick colours that flatter you best.

In the world of lipstick, the choices seem endless - from palettes to glosses, stains, and a variety of finishes like frosted, metallic, matte, and high shine. With every colour of the rainbow available, how do you decide what's right for you?



When it comes to selecting the perfect lipstick colour, the options can be overwhelming. Whether you're searching for that ideal nude or a striking red, it's essential to consider your skin tone and undertone. Understanding these key factors will guide you toward the most flattering lipstick hues for your complexion.


First, let's revisit the basics of determining your undertone:


-Cool undertones are characterized by pink, red, or blue hues in the skin, with veins appearing blue.

-Warm undertones feature yellow, golden, or olive hues in the skin, with veins appearing green.

-Neutral undertones exhibit a combination of both warm and cool hues, with veins appearing green-blue.


Once you've identified your undertone, you can match it with complementary lipstick shades:


For Cool Undertones:

Opt for lipstick colors with blue or purple base undertones. Deep wine shades or cherry reds with blue undertones are perfect choices. For a more subtle look, try shades like rosy pinks or taupey beiges.


For Warm Undertones:

Embrace lipstick colors with orange or red base undertones. Think brick reds, corals, or warm terracottas. Lighter nudes work well for fair skin, while deeper nudes with warm undertones complement darker complexions.


For Neutral Undertones:

Lucky you! You have the flexibility to wear both warm and cool shades. Experiment with pink tones for fair skin, mauves for medium tones, and berry shades for deeper skin tones.


Now that you've found your ideal lipstick colors, let's talk about application tips:


Test Before You Buy:

Avoid applying lipstick directly to your lips in-store. Instead, swatch the color on the tip of your finger for a more hygienic approach.


Match Your Natural Lip Color:

To find a colour that closely matches your lips, apply the lipstick to your bottom lip only and compare it to the top lip. Aim for a shade no more than two shades darker than your natural lip colour.


Enhance Your Features:

Use lipstick to brighten your smile by choosing cool-toned reds or create the illusion of fuller lips with lighter shades in glossy or creamy finishes.


Perfect Your Pout:

-To prevent lipstick from bleeding, apply lip liner before lipstick. Fill in the entire lip with liner for longer-lasting color and definition.

-When it comes to lip liner, choose a shade slightly lighter than your lipstick for seamless blending. Use it to outline and fill in your lips before applying lipstick for added longevity.

-Sharpen your lip liner before each use for precise application, and don't forget to blend toward the center of your lips for a seamless finish.


With these tips in mind, you'll be ready to confidently choose and apply the perfect lipstick for any occasion. Whether you're rocking a bold red or a subtle nude, embrace your unique style and wear it with confidence. And if you're looking for more beauty insights and tips, don't forget to check out my book, "Make up Your Face," for all your makeup needs.

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