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How to pick the perfect shade of lipstick

Updated on June 17, 2014

The perfect lipstick

In my opinion every girl needs three perfect shades of lipstick. An every day nice dependable color. A perfect pink for fun and a sizzling red for those special occasions. Unfortunately finding even just one perfect shade can be a real pain. There are so many different colors that come in different shades with all kinds of hues and undertones. How do you know which one is the right one? Learn how to determine the perfect shade for your skin tone, occasion and style with these simple tricks and guidelines.


How to find the perfect every day shade

When choosing a shade that you will be wearing regularly it is important to choose a color that is close to your natural shade. A shade close to your own can be worn just about anywhere with anything making this a very dependable and important lipstick. Take a good look at your natural lip color. The color that you will be choosing should be one to two shades off from your natural color. Once you have narrowed it down to these few then you can take your skin tone into consideration. Lipstick is separated into two sections. One is colors with orange or yellow undertones the other is colors with blue or purple undertones. Orange undertones go well with warm skin tones and blue or purple go well with cool skin tones. This should make it really easy to narrow it down to a couple favorites. Out of the choices left you just need to try them out to find the one you love the most.


Finding the perfect red lipstick

Red is a beautiful bold color that is perfect for special occasions. Red can be classy and stand out at the same time. Red is not usually an everyday lipstick color but that does not mean that it is not important. Looking great at a formal event or on a date is just as important as looking nice when walking around the mall. Since red stands out so much the right shade of red will complete the perfect look but the wrong shade could throw everything off.

Shades for different skin tones

Skin tone is a major factor in choosing a red lipstick.

Warm skin tones

Opt for peachy or more orange looking reds these will look great.

Cool skin tones

Try out the pink or purplish colors.

Fair or pale skin

Lighter colors like the pink or peach depending or your skin tone are best.

Golden or tan skin

Bright colors will look great and stand out.

Dark skin

Deep shades and purple hues will look fantastic.


Perfect pinks

I love pink because it is such a fun color. Everyone can wear pink you just have to choose the right one. Pink can be an everyday shade, just for fun or something to change up your usual look.

Shades for different skin tones

Fair skin

Pick light instead of bright and go with sheer or nude pinks.

Warm tones

Go for peach colored pinks. Stick with the orange and yellow undertones within the pink colors.

Cool tones

Pinks with purple or blue undertones look great.

Darker skin

Deep rich colors look the best. Bright pinks or Deep purple pinks depending on whether you have warm or cool tones.

Golden or tan Skin

You can choose just about any kind of pink as long as you stay away from orange hues. Keep in mind whether you are a warm or cool skin tone.


Tips for trying on lipstick

The very best way to test out a lipstick is on your lips because your lips are a different color than the rest of your skin. This is not always possible though so your hand is second best. Make sure to have tissue to wipe the colors off. This way you won't blend the colors when you go to try on the next one. Make sure you have good lighting I like natural lighting the best so I try to find a spot near the window. Hold your hand up to your face while looking into a mirror. I put my hand over my mouth it helps me imagine better. If you do sample the lipstick with your lips then bring chapstick for when you are finished all that testing and wiping can dry your lips out.

What else should you think about

When I am buying more lipstick I have a few more things to consider other than what looks good. Here is a list of some more things to think about when choosing the perfect lipstick.

  • Do I already have a color a lot like this?
  • Will I really wear it?
  • Does this color go with the clothes I like to wear?
  • Would this color look best in matte gloss or shimmer?
  • What does the lipstick smell like?
  • What does the lipstick taste like?
  • Do I still like wearing this lipstick without any other makeup on?

These are just a few of the things I think of before purchasing any makeup so my drawer doesn't get to cluttered and my wallet stays full.

I would love to hear what you think leave a comment

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    • BuyMeBeauty profile image


      5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! I always find that it can be hard to know which red lipstick to wear- because the color is so bold, it can either look amazing or just totally wrong for your skin! But your advice is great- definitely will come in handy!

    • Brittanie2216 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittanie Anne 

      8 years ago from Seattle WA

      Glad I could help :) thank you for the feedback.

    • Elizabeth Mara profile image

      Elizabeth Mara 

      8 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you, Brittanie! I have had a very hard time finding the 'right' color lipstick; it has been easier to fill my make-up bag with the wrong ones! I think your tips will guide me to better choices next time I shop.


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