What Color Lipstick Should I Wear? Finding Your Perfect Match - Klever Korner

What Color Lipstick Should I Wear? Finding Your Perfect Match

Cleopatra knew it, Marilyn Monroe mastered it, and now it's your turn to choose the perfect lipstick shade

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By Keti Nikolova
Lia du Preez
Edited by Lia du Preez

Updated December 14, 2023.

A woman applying lipstick.

According to statistics, the global lipstick market will be valued at $13.5 billion by 2028. While choosing the right shade may seem simple, the various colors available can quickly take all the fun out of it.

That's why we've created a guide to help you match the shade of lipstick to your skin tone and undertone, with recommendations for a perfect match.

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What Are Skin Tones and Undertones?

Imagine your skin like a canvas. The skin tone is the color painted on it, ranging from light to dark. It's determined by melanin, genetics, and sun exposure.

Now, think of a subtle wash or primer applied beneath the surface of the canvas. That's your undertone. It's not as obvious, but it affects how light interacts with your skin and influences your overall complexion.

Lipstick Colors to Wear for Different Undertones

There are three undertones, each complemented by different lipstick shades:

  • Warm: People with warm undertone have an olive, golden, or yellow tint. They also tan easily. Choose coral, peachy, orange-red, and warm-toned red lipstick if you have this skin hue.
  • Cool: Those with this undertone have a blue or pink hue and might sunburn quickly. They should focus on blue, red, purple, plum, and hot pink colored lipsticks.
  • Neutral: Show a blend of warm and cool undertones. They have gold and silver hues that go well with various shades.

Tip: Hold a plain white sheet of paper next to your hand in natural daylight and observe how your skin appears compared to it. A pinkish hue suggests a cool undertone, and a golden means warm. If it's neither, it may be neutral.

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Lipstick Colors To Wear for Different Skin Tones

There are also three primary skin tones that you should consider before choosing a shade of lipstick. These are:

  • Fair: Pale pink, coral, peaches, nude, beige, and mocha lipstick shades complement women with a fair skin tone.
  • Medium: Those with a medium skin tone benefit from rose, mauve, berry, copper, bronze, and coral colors.
  • Dark: If you have a darker skin tone, pick brown, plum, walnuts, caramel, copper, and purple lipstick.
A woman applying a red colored lipstick.

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Lipstick Shades for Different Days

Like a beautiful necklace, lipstick can be an accessory to your overall look. Avoid matching it with your outfit. Try a neutral color when wearing a bold and bright top, but if your clothes are understated, apply a bright red or coral tint to make your lips pop.

Choose your lipstick based on the occasion. Bold colors like deep brown give you a sophisticated look. If you want to give off a casual vibe, go for a tone one or two shades darker than your skin, then apply a lip gloss for a long-lasting effect and a natural touch.

Did You Know?

According to research, red lipstick can make your teeth appear whiter.

There are always new makeup trends and popular lipstick shades to try, so look for inspiration from your favorite beauty guru or brand. Right now, earthy tones, neutrals, and bold reds are having their moment.

But remember that trends come and go, so prioritize personal preference and find your signature shade that you can wear confidently.

A Signature Shade That's Boldly You

Skip the dull nude colors; it's time for your lips to shine. Go wild with combos like green and gold or cool blue and warm peach. Try daring shades and sculpt your final look with a lip liner; it's not just for newbies.

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