Lipstick 101: Tips for Picking the Right Shade for Your Skin Tone

Choosing the perfect lipstick shade can transform your look, but finding the right one for your skin tone can be a little difficult. Whether you have fair, light, medium, tan, or deep skin, understanding your undertone is key. From determining if you have a warm, cool, or neutral undertone to selecting the right red lipstick, these tips will help you navigate the world of lip colors with confidence and style.

Here are 10 tips for Picking the Right Shade for Your Skin Tone:

1. Determining Your Skin Tone:

  • Fair Skin: Very pale or translucent skin that burns easily. Fair skin tones often have freckles and some redness.
  • Light Skin: Pale skin that burns in the sun and may tan slightly.
  • Medium Skin: Skin that tans easily and generally doesn't burn or feel sensitive.
  • Tan Skin: Skin that is naturally tan or olive, rarely burns, and maintains a tanned appearance even in winter.
  • Deep Skin: Dark skin that never gets sunburned, often accompanied by black or dark brown hair.

2. Vein Color Test:

  • Blue or Purple Veins: Indicate a cool skin tone, which pairs well with blue based lipstick shades.
  • Green Veins: Suggest a warm skin tone, ideal for warm toned lipstick shades.
  • Difficulty Deciding: If you can't determine whether your veins are blue or green, you likely have a neutral skin tone. Neutral undertones can wear both cool and warm shades.

3. Sun Reaction:

  • Tanning Easily: Indicates a warm skin tone with more melanin. People of African, Caribbean, and Indian descent often have warm skin tones.
  • Burning Before Tanning: Suggests a cool skin tone with less melanin. Deep ebony skin may fall into this category.

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4. Jewellery Test:

  • Gold Jewellery: Compliments warm skin tones.
  • Silver Jewellery: Enhances cool skin tones.
  • Both Look Good: Neutral skin tones can wear both gold and silver jewellery.

5. Everyday Color Choice:

  • Choosing a Color: Opt for a shade that is one to two shades deeper than your natural lip color.
  • Testing the Shade: Apply the lipstick to your lower lip and compare it to your upper lip. If the shades are significantly different, keep looking for a better match.
  • Effect on Lip Size: Dark shades can make lips appear smaller, while lighter shades can create the illusion of fuller lips.
  • Finish Consideration: Matte finishes can make lips look thinner, while glosses and shimmery shades can make them appear fuller.

6. Undertone and Complexion:

While your undertone and complexion can guide your lipstick choice, don't be afraid to experiment with different shades to find what suits you best.

7. Experimenting with Shades:

  • Fair or Light Skin: Try light pink, coral, peach, nudes, or beige shades. For cool undertones, experiment with soft mocha and nude shades. For warm undertones, opt for pale pinks or nudes with a hint of peach.
  • Medium Skin: Consider rose, mauve, or berry shades. For cool undertones, try shades of pink or cranberry. For warm undertones, experiment with copper or bronze shades.
  • Tan Skin: Avoid browns and purples, and go for colors with an orange undertone. Most other colors will look great. Try coral or deep pink shades.
  • Deep Skin: Try browns or purples like walnut, caramel, plum, or wine. For cool undertones, look for ruby and wine colored reds. For warm undertones, try copper or bronze shades.

8. Keeping it Subtle:

Application Technique: For a more subtle look, apply strong shades to your lower lip only. Press your lips together, then use your finger to even out the color.

9. Choosing the Right Red:

  • Skin Tone Matching: Use your skin tone and complexion as a guide to find the right red lipstick. However, if you find a color you love that breaks the "rules," feel free to wear it with confidence.
  • Fair or Light Skin: Look for dusty, pinkish reds, or coral shades. For cool undertones, try raspberry shades. For warm tones, experiment with reds with a blue undertone or coral shades.
  • Tan or Medium Skin: Consider bright red, cherry red, or true red shades. For warm undertones, try orangey red or tangerine shades. For cool undertones, look for wine colored shades.
  • Deep Skin: Opt for blue based red shades. Cool undertones can try metallic ruby red or deep wine shades.

10. Wear Red with Pride:

Classic Look: Red lipstick is a timeless look that suits everyone, regardless of age, skin tone, hair color, or eye color. Embrace the boldness and elegance of red lipstick!


Understanding your skin tone and undertone is the key to finding the perfect lipstick shade that compliments your natural beauty. With this guide, you now have the knowledge to confidently choose the right lipstick for your skin tone. 

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Q1. How do I determine my skin tone?  

Ans-  To determine your skin tone, examine your skin in natural light and focus on your complexion: fair, light, medium, tan, or deep. You can also look at the color of the veins on the inside of your wrist or observe how your skin reacts to the sun.

Q2. How can I tell if a lipstick shade will suit my skin tone?  

Ans-  When choosing a lipstick shade, consider your skin tone and undertone. Cool-toned lipsticks compliment cool skin tones, while warm-toned lipsticks compliment warm skin tones.

Q3. Can I wear a lipstick shade that doesn't match my skin tone?  

Ans-  While it's helpful to choose lipstick shades that complement your skin tone, there are no hard and fast rules. Feel free to experiment and find shades that make you feel confident and beautiful.

Q4. How do I choose a red lipstick that suits my skin tone?  

Ans-  To choose a red lipstick that suits your skin tone, consider your undertone. Cool undertones pair well with blue-based reds, while warm undertones compliment orange-reds.

Q5. Are there any lipstick shades that suit all skin tones?  

Ans-  Red lipstick is often considered a universal shade that suits all skin tones. However, the key is to find a shade that makes you feel comfortable and confident.