It’s easy to find a lipstick colour that you love, but sometimes, the colour doesn’t love you back. If you’ve ever bought a tube from the cosmetics store only to find that it clashed garishly with your skin tone, you can probably relate. However, as the cosmetology experts at the Canadian Beauty College will tell you, picking makeup that flatters your comes down to one thing: your skin’s undertones. Here’s what you need to know.
Take a look at the inside of your wrist. If your veins appear blue, chances are, your complexion has a cooler undertone.
When your skin has cool undertones, you tend to look best in lipstick shades with a blue or purple hue to them. For instance, if you’re looking for a statement-making red lipstick, steer clear of reds with an orange hue.
A classic red with a blue undercurrent is a better shade for you, or even a reddish mauve would be a lovely choice. Plum wine, dusty rose and purple-hued mocha also tend to be complementary to cool complexions.
Let’s try that wrist trick again. Maybe you think your veins look more green than blue. In that case, you have a skin complexion with warm undertones.
Lipsticks with peach, orange and bold red undertones are ideal for warm skin tones. Think salmon pink, copper, merlot and nudes that lean into the orange spectrum. Warm shades are your friend here, so stay away from any lipsticks with cooler blue or purple undercurrents.
Now, there is a chance that you have cool and warm undertones in your complexion. In the beauty world, we refer to this as having “neutral undertones,” and for makeup artists, you’re the equivalent of a unicorn.
Basically, you’re supremely blessed because the whole rainbow of lipstick colours looks amazing on you. Having neutral undertones allows you to play around and choose a shade based almost exclusively on your personal style and preferences.
Just like anyone else, there will be colours that will complement you more or less, but the sky is truly the limit when it comes to lipstick shopping.
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