It seems pretty easy to simply head over to your local beauty shop and choose a lipstick shade, but in reality, it’s not that simple or straightforward!
Although you may really want to get a beautiful and bold magenta, your skin tone may not align to this particular shade of lipstick. This does not mean that you should completely give up on wearing this shade of lipstick; it just means that you have to adjust the hue of the lipstick to suit your particular skin tone.
You don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to choose the perfect lipstick color for your skin undertone, but fortunately, you can get expert advice from RMS Beauty. Our CEO, Rose-Marie Swift, has over 36 years of experience in the beauty industry. She brings exceptional skill, wisdom and passion to her trade craft.
Not only is our CEO and founder an expert at choosing the perfect lipstick shades for all skin tones, she’s arguably the pioneer of modern-day clean beauty. With that said; all our beauty products at RMS are made with care, precision, and high-quality organic ingredients that are performance driven and 100% safe.
If you’re having a hard time finding the perfect lipstick shade for you, you have definitely come to the right place.
Working With Your Skin’s Unique Undertone
Regardless of the color of your skin, your skin has a unique undertone. This is the hidden pigment that is deep beneath your actual skin color. Your skin undertone can be warm, neutral, or cool.
To identify your skin’s unique undertone, you can take a quick look at the veins on your wrist. If your veins are blue, you likely have a cool undertone. If they are green, you likely have a warm undertone. If you cannot tell whether yours are green or blue, your skin’s undertone is likely to be neutral. Getting to know what your skin’s undertone is will help you to know exactly which organic lipsticks to purchase, which can save you a lot of money in the long run. You can make use of beauty coupons to further bring down the costs of buying these makeup products.
People who have cool undertones have ruddy, red, pink, or purple-bluish skin undertones. People with cool undertones tend to burn in the sun easily and tan very rarely. A large majority of people with fair skin have cool skin undertones.
Warm undertones are not limited to people with dark skin. They can also be found in people with olive, golden, peachy, and yellow skin. People with warm skin undertones look better in gold jewelry than silver jewelry. People with warm undertones have skin that rarely burns and tans easily.
If you’re finding it hard to determine your skin’s undertones, chances are high that you have a neutral undertone. This is good news because having a neutral undertone means that you can pick from a wide range of shades when it comes to lipstick and other beauty products as well.
Having a neutral skin undertone is therefore not a bad thing. The natural color of your skin is usually the most visible shade, and your skin tone is generally even. Neutral skin undertones can easily wear both gold and silver jewelry.
How To Find the Best Lipstick Color for Your Skin Tone
Now that you know your skin’s undertone, you can narrow down on the range of colors that will adequately complement your skin tone. No matter the shade you are looking for casual day-to-day makeup or something more eye-catching and glamorous, knowing your skin’s undertone can help you buy lipsticks in the correct color segments. This is crucial when you are preparing for an important event like a wedding. It is vital that you choose less bright colors if you want your lipstick shade to go well with your wedding gown.
Remember that on top of picking a color, you’re also picking a feel and a finish. Some lip products can be domineering in matte finish, but help achieve a less hammy look when used as a gloss.
We stock lip products in a wide range of finishes. Our Wild With Desire lipstick is highly pigmented with a spectacular satin finish. Our Lip Shine has an amazing gloss finish and never leaves your lips feeling waxy or sticky.
For cool undertones, opt for colors that also have matching hues in their foundation.
For example, shades that have a purple or blue undertone, such as cherry red. Basically, any hue with a berry color will look good on an individual with cool undertones.
You should stay away from colors that have orange or yellow undertones, which can be hard, especially when picking corals or reds.
The upside of having a neutral undertone is that you don’t have to worry too much about shade categories when picking a lipstick color.
With a neutral undertone, you can choose a color in any shade category. If you want to keep it casual, rose gold shades look great on practically any skin tone.
If you have relatively fair skin, subtle pinks complement and add color to your complexion. Mauves and nudes look good on medium skin tones, while deep berries easily compliment darker skin.
If you have an olive, golden, or warm skin undertone, you are better off going for similar undertones in your choice of lipstick color.
Look for shades with an orange foundation, such as terracotta and brick. You can also opt for beautiful shades of tawny cranberry and chocolate.
Going Nude, Bright, or Dark
It’s never easy to decide on what to wear for an important occasion? What if you have an upcoming corporate event and wan to find the perfect shade of red? Or maybe you want something less understated but still beautiful?
Any skin tone can wear practically any color, provided the undertones in the lip color match the undertones in the skin. Here’s how to get a perfect match.
Picking Dark Lip Colors
Don’t assume that you cannot wear a dark plum or a deep vampy red simple because you have fair skin, and just because you have dark skin doesn’t mean you’re restricted to these colors either.
Don’t forget to consider your skin’s undertone when choosing a dark lip color to match it.
For warm undertones: Darker shades go well with warm undertones. Choose darker reds, dark berry, and deep purples.
For neutral undertones: Plum colors, red-based browns, and red/purples such as violet work well.
For cool undertones: Purple/blue foundations in shades such as blackberry and deep plum accentuate skin tone and create a stunning look.
Wearing dark lip color can be daunting, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Your lip color will remain comfortable and stay in place if you use a lip liner, moisturize them deeply, and exfoliate them routinely.
You can wear a hot pink, violet or even an electric blue if you match your skin’s undertones to the foundation of the lip color.
For warm undertones: You can wear oranges and look absolutely amazing. Other options for people with warm undertones include metallic colors such metallic purples and coppery reds.
For neutral undertones: Electric yellow, oranges and red lip color are all color you can try. If you prefer a bright pink, opt for shades that slant towards purple, like magenta.
For cool undertones: Your options are limitless. People with cooler skin undertones and fair skin can easily wear bright colors. You should go for any shade of pink, vivid violets, and electric blues that doesn’t have an orange foundation.
Nude lip colors help to add a final touch to an already polished look, as well as draw attention to your eyes. However, if you pick the wrong color, it can make you look sickly and pale!
For warm undertones: Nudes in golden tones and shimmers accentuate the golden undertones of skin. A color that is too similar to your skin tone can make you appear washed-out.
For neutral undertones: Caramel colors such as taupe work and coffee well. You can choose a light pink gloss that will ensure that your lips stay hydrated.
For cool undertones: Don’t go overboard on beige colors. Make sure your nude color belongs in the pink category to avoid appearing pasty. Opt for a nude color that is a few shades darker than your natural lip color.
It’s crucial to note that not all lip colors are safe. Lipstick can contain toxic ingredients such as coal tar and lead. Coal tar is commonly used as a pigment in many mainstream lip products and is usually labeled as FDC, FD&C, or FD and the color name (blue, red, etc.) on the product label.
To avoid such harmful ingredients, you should shop at stores with a solid reputation of not using known toxins, such as RMS Beauty.
You may have a warm skin undertone, but your skin complexion may be so uneven that you don’t know which shade of lipstick to go for. Having an uneven skin tone should not worry you because there is a very simple solution to this problem. You can easily even out your skin tone with a good foundation that works to accentuate your complexion.
A more permanent fix would be to look for a product that fixex this problem naturally. Kakadu Evening Beauty Elixir is an excellent product that helps to balance out your skin tone as well as keep it moisturized.
Don’t forget that you are not restricted to a certain category of colors simply because you have light or dark skin. You can wear a plethora of colors if you choose ones that match your natural skin undertone!