How to Choose the Right Lipstick for You

With its endless palette of lipsticks, glosses, and stains, the makeup counter can be pretty overwhelming. This article will teach you how to choose the right lip color to match your skin tone, outfit, and the occasion.

Determining Your Skin Tone

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1. Examine your skin in natural lighting to determine your complexion: fair, light, medium, tan, deep. Concentrate on the skin around your jawline.

Fair skin: your skin is very pale or translucent, and you burn very quickly. You may have freckles and some redness.

Light skin: your skin is pale. When you are in the sun, you burn and then may tan.

Medium: you tan easily and generally don't burn or have sensitive skin.

Tan: your skin is tan or olive. You rarely burn and look tanned even in the winter.

Deep: your skin is dark, and you never get sunburned. Your hair is possibly black or dark brown.

2. Look at the color of the veins on the inside of your wrist.

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Looking at the color of your veins is a quick way to figure out if you have a warm, neutral, or cool skin tone.

  • Blue or purple veins indicate you have a cool skin tone.

  • Green veins mean you have a warm skin tone.

If you have difficulty deciding if your veins are blue or green, you likely have a neutral skin tone and can choose colors from both the cool and warm spectrum. People with olive skin usually have neutral undertones.

3. Notice how your skin reacts to the sun: do you tan or burn easily?

  • Skin that tans quickly has more melanin indicates a warm skin tone. Most women of African, Caribbean, and Indian descent fall into this category.

  • If you burn before you tan (and maybe can't tan at all), then your skin has less melanin, and you have a blue skin tone. If you have deep ebony skin, you may fall into this category.

4. Try on gold and silver jewelry. Which looks better?

  • Gold jewelry looks best with warm skin tones.

  • Silver jewelry looks best on cool skin tones.

  • Both look good on a more neutral skin tone.

  • Trying on gold and silver jewelry can be a good "tie-breaker" if you don't meet the criteria listed already.

Choosing an Everyday Color

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1. Find a color that is one to two shades deeper than your natural lip color.