Choosing the right color lipstick every time

Most of us really have quite a lot of lipsticks in our beauty bag, some that we wear all the time, some that never get touched because we don't like the color. There's a reason for that. You may have fallen in love with a lipstick in the store or on someone else's face, but when you put it on yourself,  it just doesn't work, the color doesnt look like "You" so it stays in your beauty bag forever.

It is important to always find the right lipstick that works really well with your complection. Here are a few tips to help you out so you won't regret buying the wrong colors anymore.


Everyone’s skin has undertones, so first you have to see yours is either yellow or pink. Yellow is warmer, pink is cooler. Knowing your undertone is enormously helpful when you're trying to figure out which lipsticks look best on you. Check out the inside of your wrists. Do your veins appear blue or green? If they look blue/purple, you're cool-toned. If green, you're warm-toned. If you have trouble telling, you are probably neutral.

When choosing a lipstick you have to focus on shades similar to your undertone. For yellow undertones, stick to the warmer colors and for pink undertones, look for shades with blue or purple tones in them. 

  • Fair or light skin should look for dusty, pinkish red or coral. Cool undertones: raspberry. Warm tones: try reds with a blue undertone or coral.
  • Tan or medium skin should look for bright red cherry red, or true red with no undertone (if you have a neutral undertone). Warm undertones: orangey-red or tangerine. Cool undertones: wine
  • Deep skin with warm undertones should try blue-based red. Cool: Metallic ruby red or deep wine.


First, have fun and experiment, but consider these guidelines if you're not sure:

  • Nude lips look great with just about anything. It's a great casual look and can help play up dramatic eyes. Don't go for dramatic eyes AND lips. 
  • Red can add drama to a fairly plain outfit. Try not to overwhelm by wearing red with very bright clothing or clothes with crazy patterns. it wil be "to much". Keep it subtle.
  • Pink is versatile because there are so many shades. Pinks that are just a few shades brighter than your natural lip color work for a subtle, everyday look. Find a color that is one to two shades deeper than your natural lip color.
  • Berries can make a dark ensemble seem sombre and can weigh down an airy, summery look. Try matching berries with mixed neutrals.

These guidelines are meant to be helpful, but are by no means rules. Remember that everybody is different. What looks best on you might be independent of your skin tone, so play around with different colors.

What is your favourite lipstick color?