If you’re not used to wearing lipstick, choosing the right color can be a challenge. You might get some clues from matching your lip colors to your outfit (or your nails), but way more important is your skin tone. Lip colors that don’t suit your skin tone can really ruin the look whereas a lip color that matches your skin tone well will instantly boost the effect of wearing lipstick.
So, how can you choose the right lip color for your skin tone?
It’s all about figuring out the undertone of your skin. Knowing your skin undertone will actually not only be helpful with choosing the right lip color but also in finding the right color for clothes or other make-up. Most people have either a warm or a cool skin undertone. A warm undertone usually looks a bit more golden or olive, whereas a cool undertone is usually a bit fairer.
For example, if the veins in your wrists are blue, silver jewelry looks better on you than gold or you usually get burned before you get tanned, you probably have a cool undertone. On the other side, if the veins in your wrists look more greenish, gold jewelry complements your skin, or you tend to tan very easy, you probably have a warm skin undertone. If you can’t really see if you are one of both, there’s a chance that you are a mixture of both and have a neutral skin undertone.
The right lip color for people with a warm skin undertone
If your skin undertone is warm, you should work with lip colors that are warm as well. Think for example about really red or orangey shades because they will complement your skin.
The right lip color for people with a cool skin undertone
With a cool skin undertone, blue- or purple-shaded undertones in your lip color look best. This does not mean that you need to wear blue or purple lipsticks, but if you for example go for a red, you will need to stay away from the more orangey red colors and opt for a deeper bluish red. Also, you won’t want to wear lip colors that are too light because they will kind of wash you out.
The right lip color for people with a neutral skin undertone
If you have a neutral skin undertone, usually a wide range of colors will work for your skin so you can go crazy with all the colors!
Now that you know how to choose the right lip color for your skin tone, happy lipstick shopping!