Turns out picking the right shade of lipsticks or lip gloss isn’t so complicated, after all. The simple, most perfect trick to finding your best shade of lip colour are easy. The most flattering lip tones will be one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour. To test shades, apply lipstick or gloss to one lip. If that colour is just a shade or two deeper than your bare lip, then you’ve found your shade.
Yes, it’s a simple as that. So what to do if you like to buy your lipsticks at a grocery store or department store, where you can’t try the lipsticks out before you buy? You can trust the colour printed on the box. Simply hold it up to your lips in the store and check it out in the mirror. Or better yet, check the colour out in a window, where natural light shines through.
There is a surprise for all those ladies who think they can’t wear a red shade of lipstick, they can now actually wear red by choosing the right shade of red for their skin tone. Pink-skinned girls can wear a cherry red. Girls with olive coloured skin can simply wear a nice fire-engine red. Dark skin will suit a nice deep red colour.
While picking the right shade is as easy as going a couple shades darker than your natural lip colour, we can delve just a little bit deeper in the science of shades and skin tone.
Women with fair skin, look great in lipstick shades such as nudes in a slightly apricot shade, pinks and light corals. Stay away from browns, which will appear blah.
Those with a medium skin tone can go a bit darker. You’ll look great in roses, mauves and berries. Skip the bright reds and consider a deep burgundy instead. Deep plum, chocolate or red is fabulous with dark or black skin. According to the editors of Allure’s “Confessions of a Beauty Editor,” women with dark skin “can go in one of two directions: toward brown or purple. Think caramel or walnut for day, and plum or wine for evening.”