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What Colour Lipstick to Wear for Your Skin Tone

With so many different lipstick shades out there: nudes, pinks, reds – searching for the perfect lipstick shade can be quite hard. Well, we’ve come to help a girl out. The trick is to find the right hue that suits your skin tone, and in this guide we’ll tell you what colour lipstick to wear for your skin tone.

So, let’s find out – what colour lipstick should you be wearing?

Best Lip Colour


Fair Skin

It’s common knowledge in the beauty industry that blue based lipsticks can suit the majority of skin tones, fair skin in particular. When you have pale skin, the concept of trying anything other than a pale lip colour can seem quite daring. It shouldn’t be. You can opt for bolder shades like burgundy red or barbie pink shades because it will contrast beautifully against fair complexions. We love L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Privee in the shade ‘Doutzen’s Nude’.

Medium Skin

Medium skin tones suit shades like berry reds or vibrant berry pinks. If you want to go for something low-key, try a nude as this will compliment your skin tone and still look sexy whilst being understated. We LOVE the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in the shade ‘Birthday Suit’.

Olive Skin

Ladies with olive skin should opt for yellow based lipsticks like bright and cheerful oranges. It’s the perfect hue for olive skin because it flatters the skin tone and gives you more of a sun-kissed, bronzed look which can often give the impression of a healthier and glowing complexion. Try the Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Lipstick in Orangélique.

Dark Skin

Those with dark skin can get away with wearing most shades. Shades of nude and light pink look lovely as they contrast the skin-tone whilst darker shades like purple look equally as impressive. Deep berry shades and reds with burgundy or brown tones also look incredible. Try the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in ‘Black Cherry’.

Universal Shades

A classic, true red flatters all skin tones, whether you have fair, medium, olive or dark skin. Try the Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Moss Lipstick in ‘My Gorge Red’ for a timeless shade and the perfect pout that really lasts.

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Rachel Costello

Rachel Costello

Food & Entertainment Editor

I love talking about how to fully enhance an interior space or perfect a recipe, as well as what happened on the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. You’re likely find this film and dog enthusiast searching out the most stylish trends and the most useful lifestyle tips to make your life that little bit easier.