How To Choose The Best Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

how to choose best lipstick for your skin tone

All lipstick lovers know the joy of hoarding lipsticks and adding new colours to their stash. But a true lipstick lover knows that not all those pretty colours are meant for you. Shades that look amazing on your BFF may not look nearly as flattering on you. Different shades turn out differently on different people and for that very reason, many people keep looking for the right shade endlessly. Factors like skin tone, lip colour and even lip shape must be taken into consideration while choosing lipstick for your skin tone.


It might be worth knowing that brighter colours make the lips appear bigger while dark colours make them appear smaller. Similarly, matte lipsticks make the lips look thinner, while glosses and shimmery shades make them look fuller. From lipstick shades for fair skin to lipstick shades for medium skin tone, we’ve curated all sorts of recommendations for you.

How To Choose Lipstick Shade

There’s no guarantee that every lipstick shade will suit your skin tone. So, there are ideal lipstick shades for every skin tone. But how to choose lipstick for skin tone? Scroll down to know!

Lipstick Shades For Fair Skin Tone

Go for bold colours like bright red, poppy pink and purple. Nudes pinks and light brows are some of the best lipstick shades for fair skin and they also look pretty on dark skin. Avoid extremely light and frosted lipsticks as those may make you look washed out.

MyGlamm Recommendation:

MyGlamm LIT Creamy Matte Lipstick - Flirtini 

Lipstick Shades For Dusky skin tone

Lipstick Shades For Dusky skin tone

Go for intense shades like wine, plum, berry and classic red. Rich browns, mocha and maroons also complement dusky skin well.

Avoid pale and light shades like pastel or baby pink, or nudes lighter than your skin colour.

MyGlamm Recommendation: 

MyGlamm POSE HD Lipstick - Carmine Red

How To Choose Lipstick Shades In Nude

Nude lipsticks are something we all love. It’s a trend flattering to all skin colours, all seasons and the perfect way to make your lips look better at any given time. There are some rules to wearing nudes. Too dark, and it may come across as brown, too light and you may look like the walking dead.

Lipstick Shades For Fair Skin Tones


How to choose lipstick shade in nudes for fair skin? Focus on enhancing your naturally pink lips and choose nude lipsticks with pink undertones. Lipstick with a brown undertone should be avoided as it can make your lips look darker than their natural shade. Nude lipsticks with beige undertones can also work for fair-skinned people.

For Medium/Wheatish Skin Tones

If you have pigmented lips, the focus must be on making them look even. As your skin has a yellow undertone, choose nude lipsticks with orange and yellow undertones. Also, colours like caramel, dark beige and sheer lipsticks, if you have even-tone lips, will flatter your lips.

For Deeper Skin Tones

Darker shades of nudes like chocolate and mocha brown colours complement the darker complexion well. Choose nudes with rosy brown tints. You can also go for a nude shade lighter than your actual skin tone to brighten the face. Adding a pop of gloss like Rihanna gives a naturally plumped-up effect.

Tips For Choosing Lipstick For Your Skin Tones

Lipstick is one favourite makeup product for every makeup fanatic. From amateurs to professionals, lipstick has the power to boost your facial look. But what if you go wrong in choosing lipstick shades for fair skin, wheatish, or dark tones. So, to save you from the hustle, we’ve given below some tips for choosing the right lipstick shades!

Know Your Skin Tone & Undertones

From fair, medium, dark, to tan and deep, you should first have an idea that which is your skin tone. This is the most important step in choosing the right lipstick shade for yourself. Along with it, know what’s your undertone out of options like warm, cool, and neutral.

Always Choose A Lip Colour Darker Than Your Original Lip Colour 

You should always choose a lipstick shade one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour. You can test your ideal lipstick shade by applying one lip colour to one lip and checking it with your bare lips.

Know The Shape & Size Of Your Lips

From top heavy lips, bottom-heavy lips, to asymmetrical lips, it’s very important to know the shape of your lips. By doing this, you’ll know if you should use a lip pencil or not. Whereas, from thin lips to plumped lips, try knowing the size of your lips. By doing this, you’ll come to know which lipstick shades go well and which ones do not.


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