The Most Unflattering Lipsticks For Your Skin Tone, According To Professional MUAs


Finding the right lipstick color to match your skin tone and undertones can be tricky at first, but it doesn’t have to be! We reached out to professional makeup artists and experts for suggestions and advice on lipstick colors, and tips to keep in mind when testing products and buying new lipsticks, glosses colored, etc. Read on to find out how to avoid unflattering lipstick from professional makeup artist Mandie Brice and beauty expert Katya Bychkova.

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Tip #1 — Find your main undertone — W, C or N

In order to avoid an unflattering lipstick look, Brice advises determining your primary skin tone first. “I think the best choice for lip color is to stick to your undertone.” If you’re a “hot,” she says to choose a warm-toned lip color. If you are “cool” or “neutral”, his advice is to choose one respectively.

“You can easily find your undertone by looking at the veins on the inside of your forearm,” she explains. If they are bluish, Brice notes that you have a cooler undertone, and if they are greenish, you can opt for a warmer color.


Bychkova agrees, and says your skin’s undertone is an “underlying hue that defines your complexion.” The shade you can make out “below the surface” of your skin could make or break your makeup. “The undertone can be cool, warm or neutral,” she repeats. Traditionally, skin undertones are used to help you find the right complexion tones, she adds, “but knowing your undertone could also help you choose all of the makeup, bronzer in lipstick”. General advice, she says, would be “to avoid lipstick shades that don’t suit your skin tone, i.e., don’t wear cool shades if you have undertones. -warm tones and don’t go for warm hues if your undertone is cool.”

Plus, a pro tip to keep in mind, says Brice, is that “if silver jewelry looks better on you, you’re more suited to cooler tones, but if gold looks better, you have an undertone. hot”. It is also possible that you are neutral, that is, if gold and silver are equally flattering. “Sometimes lip colors will have a ‘W’, ‘C’ or ‘N’ in their color name, but usually not,” she points out, and “identifying undertones is something that improves with practice.”

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The best colors for every tone

To avoid the most *unflattering* lip colors, it pays to know what works best for your skin tone, advises Bychkova, and stick to it. She offers the following quick guide to refer to if you ever get lost, try swatches for the umpteenth time, and/or need help choosing the right product for your undertone:

Fair or fair skin with warm undertones: Bychkova advises trying lipstick shades in “hot pinks, coral, peach, or nude beiges with a warm, orange undertone.”

Fair or fair skin with cool undertones: Pink nudes, soft mauve, and pinks with a bluish undertone “would work great for you,” she notes.

Medium skin with warm undertones: “Darker peach and coral shades would suit you perfectly! »

Medium skin with cool undertones: Deeper shades of pink and mauve “are best,” and she says to “try experimenting with cool berry undertones.”

Tanned skin with warm undertones: Bychkova suggests “considering nude shades with hints of peach, warm brown, or caramel.” As for bright colors, try cardinal and candy apple red.

Tanned skin with cool undertones: Pink and berry with blue undertones “work best for people with this skin tone.” Claret is a perfect shade of red to consider.

Dark skin with warm undertones: She says “Go for deep, dark, warm browns.”

Dark skin with cool undertones: “Think ruby ​​red and deep, fresh plums,” Bychkova concludes.


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