Choosing The Right Lip Colour For Your Skin Tone

Finding the perfect lipstick can be overwhelming, when there are so many colours to choose from. Lipstick should be used as an accessory as it can be worn to reflect your mood and also bring out the beauty of the lips.

Adding that extra bit of colour can make such a difference to the facial features, which means picking the right shades for your skin tone is important.

Choosing the right lipstick to compliment the lips is just as important as picking the right shade of foundation.

Once you know your colour ranges you are one step closer to discovering the perfect lipstick for your skin tone.

Light/Fair Skin Tones

lip colours for light skin


Light skin tones are best complimented by peachy nudes. Pink and orange undertones on paler lipsticks are most flattering as they contrast well with fair skin. If you’re feeling glamorous choosing a blue toned or bright red suites this skin tone well as it is bold and stands out against a pale complexion. Tones to be avoided are darker browns and deep burgundy’s as they can be too contrasting with your skin tone.

You could try:

  • Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick – Sunset Peach
  • Revlon Colourstay Mineral Lip glaze – Timeless Nude
  • MAC Lipstick – Ruby Woo or Lady Danger

Pink Undertones

Pink undertones work well with peachy tones as they add warmth and softness to your complexion. Using orange and brick toned reds can add boldness to the skin without being over powering. Avoid using blue toned reds and it can clash with the skin and look mucky.

You can try:

  • Cover Girl Wetslicks Amazemint Lipgloss – Freedom of Peach
  • Benefit Silky Finish – Sugar Cookie
  • MAC Lipstick – Russian Red

Medium Skin Tones

Bronze and coppery toned lipsticks flatter medium skin tones. Think burnt oranges and brick reds. For a more subtle look, orange toned nudes and pinks work well with medium toned skin as it brings out the warmth of the skin. Avoid choosing yellow and purple under toned lip colours as it can look sickly against the skin and wash out the warmth.

You can try:

  • Clinque Long Lasting Lipstick – Merlot
  • Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Lip Gloss – Bronze Berry
  • Almay Ideal Lip Colour – Bronze

Olive Skin Tones

Olive Skin Tones

If your have olive skin, you are very lucky! Most colours work well with olive toned skin such as warm browns and warm pinks. Coral amongst other bright colours can add a lot of colour to the face. Lipsticks that have a blue or yellow undertone compliment the skin nicely. Colours to avoid are amongst the dark purples and browns as they can look too flat and solid on the lips.

You can try:

  • Revlon Colourstay Mineral Lip glaze – Constantly Coral
  • Revlon Colourstay Overtime – Constantly Coral
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Gloss – Soft Coral

Darker Skin Tones

lip colours for darker skin

Darker Skin tones are most suited to a darker contrast of colours. Stick to warm undertones such as caramel and peach. If you’re feeling bold, chocolate, deep plum and wines reds are a must! Colours to avoid are those that a pale and light as they can look chalky against a dark complexion.

You can Try:

  • Estee Lauder Hydra Lustre Lipstick – Spiced Coral
  • MAC Tinted Lipglass – Lychee Luxe
  • NARS Lipgloss – Babe

Asian Skin Tones

Lipstick for Asian Skin Tones 

Asian lip tones naturally have a coral tint. Opting to make it bolder by applying a coral lipstick can work wonders. Because Asian lips are usually very full, applying lots of lip gloss is as must!

You can try:

  • Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip colour – Coral Crush
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss – Coral Sand
  • NARS Lipstick – Casablanca

Native American Skin Tones

Having natural warm tones to your skin, using copper toned lipsticks can make your complexion more beautiful.

You can try:

  • Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick – Copper Dust
  • Benefit Lipgloss – Almost Famous

Middle Eastern Skin Tones

Middle Eastern Skin Tones 

Wearing a nude colour is most suited for you as you natural have striking features. Bold face structure and long thick lashes are your gift so keeping the lips low-key can accentuate your other features to their beautiful potential.

You can try:

  • Almay HydraColour Lipstick – Nude
  • NYC Liquid Lip shine – Cappuccino

Indian Skin

Indian Skin Tones

Having Indian skins tone allows you try any colour! For neutral and day colours, try orange and pink toned lipsticks. For a bolder evening look, warm brick red is often preferred as it compliments your complexion well.

You can try:

  • MAC Lipstick – Meltdown
  • NARS Lipstick – Shanghai Express
  • Clinque Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss – Mango




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