Hot lips: punchy winter lip colours for your skin tone


Hot lips: punchy winter lip colours for your skin tone

We have all stood in front of a wall of different shades of lipstick thinking that we didn’t know that many colours existed let alone which one to choose. A lot of us are guilty of buying heaps of lipsticks but then only wearing a few of them. The reason you loved it in store or even on Emma Stone's face but don’t seem to think it suits you is because different toned skin and undertones effect what shade lipsticks work best for you.

Read below to find out what lipstick shades are destined to be your favourites! These aren’t rules to 100% abide by but more of a guide to help you out with your next lipstick purchase. The main thing to lookout for when choosing your next shade is that it doesn’t wash your skin out, which is usually caused by lipsticks that are lighter than your skin.

Fair skin

With cool undertones, most of the time those with fair skin tend to show hints of blue, so it’s time to work with it. To help warm up your complexion opt for reds and purples when it comes to your lippy choice, bold, bright lipsticks contrast well with light skin.

  • Pinky nudes
  • Dusty pink
  • Deep purple
  • Bright or cool red

Pictured above, clockwise from top left corner: Revlon Ultra HD Matte lipcolor in Gleam from Farmers, Benefit Juicy Berry from Life Pharmacy, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Mats from Farmers, Rimmel The Only 1 Matte lipstick in Salute from Farmers, MAC Retro Matte Metallic Liquid lipcolour in Retrograde from MAC, Elizabeth Arden Gelato lipstick from Farmers, MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Brave Red from MAC.

Medium skin

For those with medium skin you can either have warm or cool undertones so the variety is big and you have some great lipstick options. To avoid looking washed out try to stick to shades that aren’t lighter than your skin tone.

  • Soft pink and fuchsia
  • Orange reds
  • Deep burgundy and berry
  • Mauve

    Pictured above, clockwise from top left corner: NYX Professional Liquid Matte Cream lipstick in Biker Babe from Farmers, Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick from Life Pharmacy, Clinique Chubby Stick moisturizing lip colour balm in Candy from Clinique, Lancôme L'absolu Gloss Cream in Graffiti from Farmers, MAC Huggable lipcolour in What A Feeling from MAC, NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick from Farmers.

Dark skin

Deep, bold shades work well with darker tones, but so do contrasting bright shades such as bright pink and coral so the options are mostly endless. If you are looking for a nude opt for one with caramel tones to help your lips pop a little.

  • Deep brown, red and plum
  • Bright pink and coral
  • Caramel toned nude

    Pictured above, clockwise from top left corner: Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Nudes lipstick in Almond Rose from Farmers, NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick from Farmers, MAC Cremesheen Lipstick from Farmers, NARS MECCA20 Audacious Lipstick from Mecca Maxima, Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Paint-On Liquid LipColor in Whine Shot from Life Pharmacy, Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Rich Berry from Mecca Maxima.
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