What's Your Perfect Summer Lipstick Shade?
Summer is the perfect time to experiment with bolder, brighter lip colors. However, if done incorrectly, you can throw off your entire look with the wrong shade of lipstick! Choosing a suitable shade depends on your skin tone (fair, medium, deep) and undertones (cooler vs. warmer).
Looking at the inside of your wrists, if you have green veins, you likely have warm undertones, and blue veins represent cooler undertones. If it's hard to decide whether your veins are more blue or more green, you likely have neutral undertones. With neutral undertones, you can wear shades that would suit either warm OR cool undertones, giving you so many more options!
You should also consider what type of lipstick finish you like best, such as matte, or satin. And, for darker skin tones, it's best to choose lipsticks that have higher pigmentation as these will stand out more. Below, we've compiled a list of suitable lipstick shades for various skin tones that work year-round, but particularly in the summer time!
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Generally, rich reds, corals, and peachy lipsticks will work for ladies with fair skin tones.
Best color for cool undertones: True reds, such as Dior's Rouge Dior Lipstick in 'Red', or 'Perfect Red' from NYX Cosmetics. The Rouge Dior Lipsticks come in both matte and satin finishes.
Red, $35.00 (Sephora)
Perfect Red, $4.49 (Target)
Best color for warm undertones: True oranges, like NARS Audacious Lipstick in the shade 'Geraldine' or e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in 'Orange Dream'.
Geraldine, $34.00 (Sephora)
Orange Dream, $3.00 (e.l.f. Cosmetics)
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Women with medium skin tones will look best in blue-reds, pinks, and corals.
Best color for cool undertones: Light pinks, like M.A.C.'s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in 'Divine Divine' are gorgeous on medium skin tones. If you're looking for a drugstore option, Milani's Color Statement Lipstick in 'Pretty Natural' may also work for you.
Divine, Divine, $21.00 (M.A.C. Cosmetics)
Pretty Natural, $4.29 (Target)
Best color for warm undertones: Orange-reds will look great on medium-toned women with yellow or golden undertones. Try Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 'Tesoro', or NYX's Butter Lipstick in 'Fireball'.
Tesoro, $24.00 (Sephora)
Fireball, $5.99 (Ulta)
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Ladies with darker skin tones can opt for berries, fuchsias, reds, and oranges as their summer shades. Although some say women with dark-skinned shouldn't wear brightly colored lip shades, experimenting with different shades can give you a less-muted look, as deeper shades don't stand out as much on dark skin.
Best color for cool undertones: Brighter reds with blue undertones will pop on dark-skinned women with cooler undertones. For example, check out Bite Beauty's Lush Lip Tint in 'Cherry'. For makeup lovers on a budget, try Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivids in 'On Fire' to make a bold statement this summer.
Cherry, $24.00 (Sephora)
On Fire, $5.50 (Walmart)
Best color for warm undertones: Orange. Yes, orange can work on dark skin, particularly orange-red! Dark-skinned ladies looking for a pop of color in the summertime can try Kat Von D's Studded Kiss Lipstick in 'Countess' or M.A.C.'s 'Morange'.
Countess, $21.00 (Sephora)
Morange, $17.00 (M.A.C. Cosmetics)
If you're excited to start experimenting with bolder shades for your skin tone, just go for it! If the brighter shades make you a bit nervous, always consider YouTube as a resource for seeing what certain colors actually look like on skin tones similar to yours. There's nothing wrong with stepping outside of your comfort zone every once in a while, so have fun!
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