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The Best Lipstick Colors for Asian Skin

Updated on September 17, 2015
Purple lipsticks are a traditional favorite for Asian skin.
Purple lipsticks are a traditional favorite for Asian skin.

The best lipstick colors for Asian skin accentuate your dark hair and eyes and illuminate your skin. Whether you want a dramatic look or a soft and sweet look, you will find a shade to suit you here.

Let's take a look at six of the best lipstick colors for Asians as modeled by top East Asian couture models. These lip shades look perfect on Japanese, Korean, and Chinese women. There are specific lipstick recommendations given from top beauty brands to take the guesswork out of getting the right color.


Purple Lipstick

Purple lipstick is a traditional favorite for Asian women with a cool skin tone. If you like to wear blue, pink, or purple clothing, this lipstick will make your lips pop! This color is excellent for an evening out and is appropriate to wear all-year round. Try BNIB MAC Pro Amplified Creme Lipstick in Violetta to get this look.


Pale pink lipstick on Chinese model. Lipstick colors for Asians.
Pale pink lipstick on Chinese model. Lipstick colors for Asians.

Pale Pink Lipstick

Pale pink works especially well as a lipstick shade on days you wear minimal makeup. It works because it provides a soft color that contrasts with the dark black of your hair. If you are young and have older relatives that are sensitive to you wearing makeup, this shade is subtle enough to get by without insulting their sense of propriety.

At the same time the lightness of the color matches the subtlety of your barely there makeup look. This color is subtle enough to wear to school or work without looking "made up." This shade is excellent in the spring and summer.

Lipstick Queen Sinner Lipstick in Pinky Nude is subtle yet shows off your lips with a splash of feminine elegance.


Maroon lipstick. The best lipstick colors for Asian skin.
Maroon lipstick. The best lipstick colors for Asian skin.

Burgundy/Maroon Lipstick

Burgundy and maroon are shades of lipstick you wear when you want to be noticed. It is one of the best lipstick colors for Asian skin because it will suit virtually any Asian skin color. It works on light skin because the dark berry shade pronounces paleness.

And it works on medium and darker complexions because it provides color depth that makes your lip shade more noticeable. Maroon and burgundy lip colors work very well on days you want to wear black or brown clothing, especially near your face. This lipstick color is especially desirable in the fall and winter.

Try Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Vampira to get this dark and sophisticated look.


Hot pink lip color for Chinese and Japanese women
Hot pink lip color for Chinese and Japanese women

Dark Pinkish-Red Lipstick

  • Dark pinkish-red is a great color for nighttime and it looks especially good when you go for that pale skin look.
  • This color is great for summer nights when you want to get noticed but don't want to wear maroon or really dark reds like you would in the fall or winter.
  • This shade is perfect to match darker or heavier eye makeup to balance out the look.


Bright pink lipstick.
Bright pink lipstick.

Bright Pink Lipstick

Bright Pink is one of the most feminine lip shades you can wear. This shade is especially suited to light and medium skin colors. It is also a shade that works best when you are wearing pink somewhere else -- on your eyelids, cheeks, or even in a scarf around your neck. Women that love pink flowers, fancy weddings, and warm spring days will go for this color.

Try Tory Burch Lip Color in Saucy to get this most feminine look.


Deep red lipstick on Chinese model.
Deep red lipstick on Chinese model.

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Deep Red Lipstick

Become an Asian siren with this crimson shade covering your lips. Deep red is one of the best lipstick colors for Asians because it easily matches the depth of the dark brown in your eye color.

This lipstick looks very nice when you wear it as the only color on your face, meaning no eye shadow or blush. Simply wear a smooth coat of foundation, black eyeliner, and black mascara.


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