Sometimes when you want to go out with your friends or on a date with someone new you must feel like you want to look and feel your best.
So, you decide to buy new lipstick but still get stuck with one question, “What color of lipstick to choose?”
There are so many factors to keep in mind while shopping for the perfect shade.
There are so many different undertones, consistencies, shades and finishes that can overwhelm you.
It is not a fool’s errand to find a fresh new shade. But with a few guidelines you can find your perfect match effortlessly.
It is important to identify your skin’s undertone. It is the pigment of your skin that radiates from beneath your true skin color.
You probably fall into one of the two categories: warm or cool.
If you feel like you don’t fall under either of those then you’re most probably a neutral undertone (a mix of both warm and cool).
Tips to Choose Right Lipstick Shade:
1. COOL UNDERTONES
How to identify cool undertones: If you have a pink, red, or blueish hue to your skin then you probably fit under this category.
You can also determine if the veins in your wrist look blue. Another tell is if silver jewelry compliments your skin or if you’re likely to get sunburned before getting a tan.
When choosing a lipstick for people with cool undertones it is best to go for lipsticks that have blue or purple shades as undertones.
For example, if you’re looking for a red lipstick go for deep bluish reds (like cherry red) rather than orange ones.
For nude lips, you can go with a rosy, pink nude. When you want to go for a more casual and subtle look you can just go for a tinted lip balm (team hydration!).
The best lipstick shades: Lip colors with blue or purple undertones. Look for a bright cherry red, berry shades like cranberry, or a deep plum.
2. WARM UNDERTONES
How to identify warm undertones: If you have a yellow, golden, or olive hue to your skin you fall under this category.
If you have a warm undertone then the veins in your wrist probably appear green and gold jewelry is more likely to compliment your skin.
You might also tend to tan easily.
The best lipsticks that will compliment you are the ones with warm undertones as well.
Go for bold oranges, brick or deep reds and terracotta browns. If you prefer a nude lipstick, find ones that correspond with your skin tone.
If your skin is light choose a paler nude, and pick a richer nude if your skin tone is deeper.
The best lipstick shades: Reds and oranges are your best friends. If you are going for a bolder look, you can dig right in for coppers and golds.
3. NEUTRAL UNDERTONES
How to identify neutral undertones: If you have a mix of pink and yellow in the base of your skin then you have a neutral undertone.
Neutral undertones can pull off both silver and gold jewelry. People with this undertone have a vast spectrum they can choose from.
Some colors that can compliment this tone are pink hues for a fair skin tone, mauves for medium skin tone, and berry colors for a deeper skin tone.
The best lipstick shades: They can choose from a variety of lip colors as they’re most likely to pull them off anyway.
How To Choose Dark Lipstick
If you want to go for a deep or dark lipstick you need to pay attention to your lip color as well as your skin color.
If you’re not ready for a bold deep color, adding lip gloss on top goes a long way.
You can also use something with a shimmer to make it more wearable according to your skin and comfort.
How To Choose Nude Lipstick
Working with nude lipstick is a bit tricky because a good nude shade can either make your look or break it.
With nude shades it’s not about finding a color that matches the actual color of your lips but finding a tone that looks natural on you.
However, the first step is to find a shade that either matches or is one shade darker than your inner lip.
Tinted balms and glosses help to enhance your lips.
How To Choose Bright Lipstick
Bright colors are easier to choose than nudes.
When you’re looking for a bright lipstick focus on the finish it gives to your lips.
Sheer formulas are your good friends, a satin or cream finish will make you look elegant and composed and a matte finish will make you look bold and confident.
A tip that makes a bright look work for anyone is to sheer it out with a lip balm.
Once you have figured out what your undertone is and what colors suit it best, no one can stop you from looking like a dream and rocking new shades of lipstick that actually match your undertone.
But in the end all that matters is that you feel comfortable and confident in the way you look.
So, if breaking the rules and going a different path than the set guidelines is what makes you confident, go for it.