Do You Know The Right Lipstick Shade For Your Skin Tone?

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I am going to cut right to the chase. I never wear lipstick. Traditionally it just hasn’t been my thing. I could never find the right shade for my skin tone and then having to reapply just seemed a nightmare. Though I will say as I have gotten older, I understand how beautiful lipstick can truly be and what it does for your confidence. Lipstick can transform your attitude, allowing your alter-ego to shine through. It’s one aspect of your “war-paint” in a sense, and who wants to go to battle without all their weapons?

I digress though. I am not trying to convince you to wear lipstick if you don’t or don’t want to. Rather if you want to wear lipstick or lipgloss, you want to make sure it matches appropriately with your skin tone, so your confidence can shine. Instead of having to try every single shade in Sephora or Mac, here are some quick tips to make sure you get the color to match effortlessly.

What’s your skin tone?

A general rule of them for choosing a lipstick shade is based on your skin tone. I myself, am super pale, therefore super pale shades are generally not a good idea for me. Pinks are the ideal range for me, as I don’t look washed out, nor does a super dark shade clash. Though I can definitely wear darker shades such as burgundy and plum, since it contrasts with the paleness of my skin tone.

The darker your skin tone, the brighter of shades you can wear. I am super jealous of this too, as African American women can wear bright pinks, oranges, reds, etc. and they look incredible, as their skin tone can handle the brightness.

Do You Know The Right Lipstick Shade For Your Skin Tone?

Cool or warm?

Another good indicator of what lipstick will look good on you, is based on your skin warmth. Cool tones vs. warm tones. To find out if you are more cool tones or warm tones, take a look at your wrist. You see the veins on the interior or your wrist? What color are they? Are they more blue or green? If they look blue, you have a cooler skin tone, and if green, a warmer skin tone. Your veins aren’t actually green, but your skin is more yellowish, and blue veins + yellow skin = green.

Do You Know The Right Lipstick Shade For Your Skin Tone?

The best colors for warm skin tones are warm shades, so think really red or orangey shades. Those with cool skin tones, should opt for shades that have blue or purple undertones. Steer clear from really light shades as they may wash you out, and orangey shades for the same reason.

Tip: If you want to test out a lipstick and aren’t sure if it’s your tone, put a swatch of it on your wrist (by your veins) and see how it looks. This will let you know if it’s a compatible shade for you without you having to put it on your lips. 

You do you boo

Ultimately, the lipstick or lipgloss you want to wear should be one that makes you feel confident. So even if you have pale skin but you love a bright red that’s maybe not the best shade for you, who cares. If you love how you look, you rock it.




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