Tips on picking the perfect lipstick for your skin tone

Women take their make-up seriously that some of them would not step outside the house without it. Lipstick can put the finishing touch on a great makeup application or it can be worn alone to enhance a more natural look. The right lip color can help make you look gorgeous, while the wrong shade can be disastrous.

Here are tips to help you find the most flattering shades

Pale Foundation
Knowing your skin tone is the best way to choose the right lipstick. Gerrie Summers, multicultural beauty expert says cool skin tones tend to have pink or red undertones. In addition to your skin tone and undertone, the right lip shade can also depend on your hair color and clothing.
What Looks Best: Deep plum-reds, berry and wine reds with blue undertones, browns and beige lipsticks with pink undertones, pinks with blue undertones. If you have warm undertones, you’ll look great in cappuccino, caramels, and browns with golden or slightly bronze shimmer.
What to Avoid: If you have cool, pink undertones, avoid orange-reds, pale browns with yellow undertones and any shades that might overpower your complexion such as very hot pinks.

Medium/Light Olive Skin Tone
What Looks Best: Deep reds, blue-reds, deep pinks, brownish reds, caramel, medium brown with yellow or pink undertones and coffee browns.
What to Avoid: Medium tones seem to get away with warm and cool shades.

Olive Skin Tone
What Looks Best: Deeper shades of browns and reds, dark berries.
What to Avoid: Mauves, pale pinks, orange-reds, pink-reds.

Medium-Brown Skin Tone
What Looks Best: Brown reds, berry pinks, rose, medium plums with yellow undertones.
What to Avoid: Pinks that are too cool or light, pastel shades, orange.

Dark Skin Tone
What Looks Best: You can get away with darker, deep shades, reds with blue undertones, reddish browns like mahogany, deep plums, wine reds, raisin, coffee brown and deep rose.
What to Avoid: Orange, pinks or pastel shades.

How to test lipstick
One easy method is to use a tester (using a cotton swab) and swipe the color onto the tips of your fingers. The pads of your fingers will be closer to the lip shade than your hand, and will give you a better idea of how the color will look. The best way is to test the color on your actual lips.
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