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Choosing a Perfect Pink Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

Updated on September 15, 2012
How do you choose the right shade of pink for your skin tone? This guide will give you some tips and tricks to have you looking fabulous.
How do you choose the right shade of pink for your skin tone? This guide will give you some tips and tricks to have you looking fabulous. | Source

With bright lips across the pages of Vogue and all over the red carpet - how do you pull it off yourself without looking like a little girl who has busted into Mommy's makeup bag?

Not everyone can pull off a brightly colored lip, but here are some tips to help you choose the right pink lipstick from the 3000 shades available in the store.

Choosing the Shade to Match Your Skin Tone

Most of us can get some idea of what pink lipsticks will work with our skin tone by taking a look at our natural lip color. Warm skin tones suit rich, bright pinks whilst women with paler complexions are more suited to more subtle tones unless that have yellow undertones in their skin.

Subtle, light pinks are perfect for pale skin tones.
Subtle, light pinks are perfect for pale skin tones. | Source

Pink Lipstick for Pale Skin Tones

Women with pale or fair skin tones should avoid choosing bright, rich pinks and should instead look for subtler sheer hues such as light and nude pinks, honey tones, pale rose, mauve and beige pinks.

Pink Lipstick for Light Skin Tones

For women with light skin tones, you may be able to wear pink lipsticks that range from pale pink to deep pink. Play around with peachy pinks and pinks with hints of violet or shades like magenta.

Pink Lipstick for Medium Skin Tones

Women with skin in-between pale and olive can wear almost any shade of pink - from deep pinks to different shades of pinks such as brownish-pinks, magenta, apricot, mauve and wine-pinks.

Women with medium skin tones have the benefit of wearing almost any shade of pink.
Women with medium skin tones have the benefit of wearing almost any shade of pink. | Source

Pink Lipstick for Olive Skin Tones

Women with olive skins are advised to avoid pinkish-red shades due to the yellow undertones of their skin. Instead, women with olive skin should look towards darker pink shades with hints of purple such as berry pinks or mahogany.

Pink Lipstick for Dark Skin Tones

Women with darker skin tones are advised to avoid pale, light pinks and are instead recommended darker pinks and pinks that contain hints of purple - such as magenta hues and deep pinks.

Tips and Tricks to Wearing Pink Lipstick

While this Hub gives you a guide of the tones that are likely to work with your skin tone, it often depends on the individual.

You should make sure that your lipstick doesn't clash with your eye color, clothes personality, blush and eye makeup and be sure to always choose one feature to highlight so that you don't look like a clown. This means going for a bright lip with neutral eyes, or choosing a more natural lip color when using bright colored eye shadows or eyeliners.

Play around with different shades of pink until you find the ones that work best for you. Makeup counters in some department stores have trained staff who can help you to choose the best shade to suit you - so don't be afraid to ask!

Remember that you can always go over your lipstick with a lip gloss for a shade that isn't right. For example, if the lipstick you have chosen is too light, pair it with a bright lip gloss on top with a darker pigment.


Your Tips

Feel free to comment with your own lipstick tips!

Modern Lady says "Knowing if you have warm or cool undertones will make a difference in choosing the right color. Warm skin should go for peachier or more orange pinks, while cool skin should stick with a true pink or something with a hint of purple/blue"


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      Modern Lady 

      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks, kissayer!

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      Kristy Sayer 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thank you, great tips! I'll have to add yours in with a link to your profile :)

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      Modern Lady 

      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Pink lipstick can be tricky, especially in bold or opaque shades. This is really helpful advice. I should add that knowing if you have warm or cool undertones will make a difference in choosing the right color. Warm skin should go for peachier or more orange pinks, while cool skin should stick with a true pink or something with a hint of purple/blue.

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