right lipstick for your skin tone

Pink, Coral, Red? Which Shade Of Lipstick Is Right For YOU?!

Manavi Siddhanti

Guest Contributor

Does it ever happen to you that you see a shade that looks breathtaking on a magazine cover, but NOT when you buy it? As MJ put it, you’re not alone. Read on for a complete guide to help you choose lipsticks according to YOUR skin tone. Plus, POPxo’s daytime and night-time favourite shades revealed!

1. Stick to the basics

You know this but like most of us you forget - you’re human and you do get carried off by the amount of colours in front of you. The rule of thumb, when buying a lipstick (budget OR expensive), is to enhance the natural colour of your lips. When shopping, remember this very simple tip: go a few shades darker or brighter than the original colour of your lips. This way, you’ll never go wrong.

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2. Know your skin tone

There is more to trying out lipsticks on your arm than you think. If your veins are visible and your wrist looks pale, you’re a cool-toned gal. And if your veins are not that obvious, you lean towards the warmer side of the scale. If you’re unsure about your skin tone, go to a cosmetics store and ask someone working there! They should be able to guide you.

3. Mix and match

For warm or olive skin tones (as the firangis put it), look for lipsticks with orange and yellow undertones. Caramels, light pinks with a hint of red, nude with light pink - these are some colours that look great. For cooler skin tones, it’s wise to look for bluish and pink undertones. Yes, that means a red lipstick with a dash of pink is just the right choice for you. Once again, if you’re unsure about the undertones of a lipstick shade you like, don’t be afraid to ask someone working at the store. Or alternatively, read up on some reviews online - bloggers are great at explaining all that stuff!

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4. Test a lipstick for the right reasons

Once you try a swab of your lipstick-to-be on your wrist, have it sanitized and use it on the lips. You can even use a cotton swab and apply it on your lips. Not only will you see how the colour looks on you but also learn more about the texture. Do you want shimmer in a lipstick you were planning to wear during the day? How much matté is too much matté? You know what I’m saying.

5. Remember, lipsticks are a great tool to enhance what you already have!

So don’t buy them in shades that do nothing for your skin tone and features. Following the steps above will help you get out of a lipstick rut AND help you add a variety of shades to your dresser.

And now, POPxo’s fav shades for your skin tone

If you have a cool skin tones, try these...

Lipstick for your skin tone

1. When? Daytime What? Avon Ultra Colour Lipstick Hot Pink (Rs 510) - It’s pocket-friendly and a good pick for pink enthusiasts.

2. When? Night time What? Estée Lauder Pure Color Sculpting Lipstick Impassioned (Rs 2,612) - A rich pigment that is just the right mix of red and orange, plus sculpts your lips too.

3. When? Daytime What? M.A.C. Cremesheen Crème D Nude Lipstick (Rs 955) -Perfect for a nude look, plus it has a cremesheen finish.

4. When? Night-outs! What? Colorbar Creme Touch Lipstick, Tangerino (Rs 475) - Ideal to apply when you want all the attention to be on your lips.

5. When? All day What? Benetint (Rs 2,261) - Dab some on your pout to sport a natural look anytime of the day!

For those of us with with warm skin tones, these are great...

lipstick for your skin tone


1. When? Daytime What? Victoria's Secret Color Drama Lipstick- Excessive (Rs 1,465) - It’s a creamy shade of pink to keep things bright and breezy.

2. When? Night time What? Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor Summer Sunset (Rs 375) - For the evenings you want to keep it simple and to the point.

3. When? Daytime What? NYX Soft Matte San Paulo Lip Cream (Rs 1,030) - It’s cute, and almost like a lip stain.

4. When? Parties and night outs What? Loréal Paris Color Riche Black Cherry Lipstick (Rs 899) - A deep, beautiful colour in semi-matte for all those who are obsessed with reds.

5. When? All day What? Inglot Rouge a Levres #173 Lipstick (Rs 837) - It’s a classic mix of pink and brown. Plus, it’s got apricot kernel oil, which is great for the lips.

MUST-READ: The Best Coral Lipsticks For Indian Skin: Top 10!

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Published on Jul 23, 2015
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