Matching Lipstick Color to Your Skin Tone
Even though lipstick is one of the basics when it comes to makeup; it is also one of the most confusing when it comes to color selection. How many times have you seen a beautiful color on someone else, purchase it so you too can look fabulous, only to find that you look hideous in the color? Well, if this has happened to you, don’t worry, you are not alone, most of us have experienced that very thing.
While it’s true that lipstick colors or shades come and go with the seasons and even according to fashions, there are some shades that look better on certain skin tones than others. These are our safe color zones. That does not mean we can’t deviate from these shades, but we have to be careful when we do. When you know your safe color zones choosing lipstick colors becomes much easier. Even so, you will probably have to do a little experimenting before you find the 2 or 3 shades that you absolutely love. From then on your lipstick shopping will be easy. To save money on this experimentation, why not take advantage of this great offer – e.l.f. Lups. All Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Lip-Liners Only $1! That way you can order a few, try them out, and even if you decide some are not right for you, the cost is minor!
The first thing you will need to do is determine if you have a warm or a cool skin tone. One of the easiest ways to do this is to look at the veins on your inner wrist and arm. If they appear blue, you have a cool skin tone and if they appear green, you have a warm skin tone.
Once you know if your skin tone is warm or cool, you are on your way to choosing the right lip color for you. Nowadays many cosmetics say right on the package if the product is for warm or cool skin tones – which makes this process very simple.
You will also need to keep in mind the level of color that you choose. For instance, if your skin is very pale, you should not choose an intense shade of a lipstick color – even if it is the right lipstick color – that is, unless, you are trying to stand out in a crowd, and in that case, the intense color will help you pull that off.
Fair skinned ladies will probably want to stick with paler shades of pinks, nudes, berry shades, and even some shades of cherry reds. Browns and yellows can tend to make fair skinned women look washed out. Ladies with olive skin tones or medium coloring can also use pinks as well as neutral shades, beiges, and many shades of brown. Women with this skin tone should avoid anything too pale. As for those with dark skin, bolder shades work very well. This includes shades of mauve, berry, brown, and red.
Women that have a yellow undertone to their skin should avoid bright oranges and reds. Deep browns and berries will be more flattering. Dark skinned ladies with yellow undertones may find that browns and purples work well for them.