While we highly encourage experimentation with different colours and trends when it comes to beauty products (especially lipstick), most of us know if we look better in pinks than reds, and tend to buy products based on what's safe. But getting into the nitty gritty details of blue tones and warm versus cool is often beyond us when we're busy browsing for the perfect shade.
So, in true Get The Look fashion, we've created a lipstick shopping guide for a variety of skin tones. Whether you have fair skin or veer more into the olive territory, the next time you hit up a lip counter, you'll know exactly what to stock up on.
If you're a fair skinned beauty with red hair, opt for a peach or coral lip tone for the summertime. For a winter look, swap your peaches and corals for pink and plum shades. Veer away from orange, as it may be too strong and clash with your hair colour. To ease into the look, choose a sheer lip colour first that can be built upon.
If you have light-medium skin, you're in luck because this tone allows you to be flexible in your range of colours. You can pull off a nude lip, but also go bright if you're in the mood. Steer clear of anything too grey – this tone is one suited for a darker skin tone. And although you could pull off bright shades, really bright shades could be overpowering, especially if you have blonde hair! If you're more into nude shades, opt for a nude with pink undertones that won't blend into your skin.
If you have a medium, olive skin tone, reach for a plum lip shade like L'Oreal's Colour Riche Blush in Plum lipstick shade. If you have dark hair, this colour will accent both your skin and hair colour; those with this skin tone should look for shades with blue and plum undertones to balance the darker hair. Due to the olive in the skin, you'll want to stay away from any grey lipsticks, but feel free to give orange a shot – one of the trendiest lip colours on the market right now! The key is to stay on the warmer side of the colour spectrum to make it work.
Attention bronzed goddesses: If you have a lot of warmth and golden tones in your skin (thinkJ-Lo and Irina Shayk ), warm corals, true reds, and oranges will look great on you – but be careful when it comes to the pink territory!
If you have that perfect café au lait skin tone – being a bit more beige than "warm" or "cool" – there is room to play around with different lipstick shades. Feel free to try out anything from peach shades, browns, plums, metallics, and even pinks depending on your mood!
If you have a dark-medium skin tone, you'll have a similar pick of the lipstick litter as those with dark-light skin tones. Although you can pull off both nude lips and bold shades, those with dark-medium skin will look their best in plums, reds and nudes – stay clear of matte pinks!
For deeper skin tones, the issue is often finding a lipstick that is opaque enough. The key is to look for intense pigments for statement lips. Anything from a deep plum to a vibrant red will work best on darker skin tones, and you could even give chocolate browns and nudes a go, as well! The one shade to stay away from? Any grey tones that will make your skin look, well, grey.