Ever checked out the lipstick table at Sephora? OK, OK, of course you have, sorry. There are approximately 3,405,982. (This may be a slight exaggeration, but only slight.) So how the heck do you pick the right one? The answer is obvious: find the lipstick that works best with your skin color. Xoxo Mod Girl Sara!
If your skin is super pale
What to try: Stapleton says your best bet is to go nude. Think peachy lipsticks and nude colored glosses. For a glam look with major impact, try red lipstick.
What to avoid: dark chocolate and burgundy shades, they’re too contrasting with your pale skin.
If your skin is super dark
What to try: Stapleton says anything goes with darker complexions — lucky girl. Try orange or coral shades for a fun pop of color and don’t forget to load up on the gloss to showcase your full lips. Yes, everyone will be jealous, but that’s kinda the point, right?
What to avoid: Stay away from milky or chalky colors with a lot of white in them because they’re too contrasting — unless you’re going for a mod 60s look.
If you have olive-toned skin
What to try: If you have olive-toned skin (think Hispanic, Italian, Greek) then pretty much anything will look absolutely lovely on you. For a really amazing look, try coral lipstick — so hot right now.
What to avoid: OK, so there are some shades you should steer clear of. One: Purple, it’ll accentuate the yellow undertones in your skin and give you a sallow look. Two: Brown, it can look too monochromatic.
If your skin has yellow undertones
What to try: Blue-based reds are perfect when you want to really dress up. Flesh tones with gloss are gorgeous for this skin tone. You can also try bronze shades for a somewhat monochromatic look.
What to avoid: Stay away from purple, it’ll bring out the yellow in your skin and can make you look sickly. Same goes for anyone with yellowish teeth definitely a no no!
If your skin has pink undertones
What to try: Try peach tones for a softer look or orange based or brick reds for a classic pin-up girl look.
What to avoid: Blue-based reds will clash with your skin tone, so not pretty.
If you are Middle Eastern
What to try: Nude lips will look amazing on you. Especially since you likely have gorgeous long lashes (so jealous), a nude lip color will be a great contrast.
If you are Indian
What to try: Color, color and more color — it will all look amazing on you. Orange is almost like a neutral, so try it or a pink shade for day. For night, go with a brick red — it’s not too over-the-top but will still make a great statement.