Lipstick shades with blue undertones, which mimic your natural cool coloring, will prove the most flatteringYour Signature Shade: Pinky Nude
Find the best nude, pink, red, and coral shade of lipstick for your skin color.
"Which shade looks best on me?" If there were one lipstick that worked great on everyone, we wouldn't ask that question quite so much. To make the selection process easier, we turned to Louisiana makeup pro Caitlin Picou, founder of Kismet cosmetics, to share the know-how we need for picking the right shade of nude, pink, red, and coral for every skin tone. Whether your skin is fair, medium, olive, or dark, our guide will help you find the perfect shade for all occasions.
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If you venture too nude, you risk looking like a sheet of white paper. "Pick a pinker hue that simply enhances your natural lip color," says Picou.
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Let your hair decide. On blondes, lighter shades tend to look better. On those with red or dark hair, brighter rose is easiest to pull off.
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"A blue-red is universally flattering," says Picou. But there are subtleties. If you want more impact, go for a bright blue-red. Plum is great for less intensity.
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Because coral warms your complexion, you have a wide range of options, from bold orange to light peach.
You're graced with neutral undertones, so you can pull off an array of hues. But here's one tip: Try before you buyYour Signature Shade: Berry Pink
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"Your complexion is very versatile," says Picou. Pick a "true" or peachy nude—they are both extremely face flattering.
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"Go rich," says Picou. It doesn't have to be hot pink, but it needn't be barely there either. "Try a bit of berry," she suggests.
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As with other skin tones, a blue-red complements your coloring. But with a bolder lip, let the rest of your makeup be minimal so it doesn't overpower your features.
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"This is one of my favorite colors on medium skin tones," says Picou. Specifically, she gives light peachy pink a glowing review.
Here's an insider tip for olive-skinned beauties: No matter the shade, a red lip is always a good choiceYour Signature Shade: True Red
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"I'd suggest going with a pinky nude. Steer clear of brown nudes, which will blend with your actual skin tone," says Picou.
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Pinks on olives are a bit tough. Stick to darker tones, like plums and berries, which will add contrast to your complexion— in the best possible way.
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"Because red is across from green [including olive] on the color wheel, any shade—from orangey red to wine—will complement your pout," she says.
The Edge Beauty Iconic Lipstick in Starlet, $20; dillards.com
Similar in feel to red but warmer, brighter, and more vibrant, reddish corals are ideal. Pinky corals? Not so much.
The key to your most stunning lip is avoiding too much contrast. Shy away from the superbright or really light
Your Signature Shade: Soft Coral
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"The darker your skin, the darker your lipstick needs to be. A true brown nude always looks gorgeous on you," says Picou.
Creme Lipstick in Raspberry, $15; stowawaycosmetics.com
Try this trick at home: Pull down on your lower lip so the inside is visible. Your top pink will be no more than two shades off from that rosy hue.
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"The popular blue-red looks great on you too—think burgundy specifically," she advises.
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"I like a soft coral with a matte texture," says Picou. Anything that's brighter or shinier can look a bit garish with your coloring.