Choosing a lipstick can be a daunting task. In an effort to sort through the rainbow, we’ve done our research to find the shades that work for ladies of all skin tones.
If you have fair skin like Kate Bosworth, nudes, pinks, and light corals will complement the light pigments in your skin without washing you out. We recommend Tea for Two, a nude shimmer and Satin Doll, a sheer poppy, two soft tones that go well with lighter skin. As a general rule, avoid browns as the tend to contrast light skin too drastically and wash you out. If you want to pull a Marilyn Monroe and paint your lips with a strong red, with bluish (not orange) undertones. Blue undertones have the added benefit of making teeth appear whiter.
If you have a medium skin tone like Mila Kunis, go for a rosy look. Pinks ranging from dusty peach to subtle fuchsia complement the slight pink in your cheeks and add a pop of color to your face. For a natural look, nude lipstick like Tea for Two accentuates the warm tones in your face without looking too overdone.
Women with olive skin tone like Jessica Alba, really shine in darker colors like rose, mauve, and berry. Charleston, a sheer cranberry available in our Paris Jazz Lipstick Trio highlights the warm undertones in your skin, while bold pinks like our Sweet Lorraine, which is also in our Paris trio, will add a fun pop of bubblegum pink to your look. For those days when you want to break out the classic red lipstick, skip the bright shades of red and go for a deep burgundy like the color Jessica Alba is wearing below.
If you have dark skin like Zoe Saldana, have fun with colors like deep plum, chocolate, or red. Browns in caramel or walnut shades are typically best for daytime wear while darker purples like plum and wine add a little mystery and edge to nighttime affairs. When choosing the perfect red, try looking for one that is orangey-red. Charleston, a dark cranberry, and Lady in Red in our Paris Jazz Lipstick Trio are two good colors that achieve a demure but glamorous look!
Don’t be afraid to play around with different shades to see how they look on you! A big part of beauty is trial and error and nothing is more fun than playing dress up. Like clothes, makeup allows you to express yourself and also experiment with different looks. So whether you are a Sweet Lorraine, a Satin Doll, a Lady in Red, or someone else entirely, have fun and show off your inner beauty!
Do you have any tips for finding the right lip color for your face? Have any other helpful lipstick tips? Tell us in the comments below! We love hearing from you!