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  • How to Choose the Most Flattering Lipstick Shade for Your Skin Tone

    There is a right shade of nude, pink, or red for you.
    by Kitty Elicay .
How to Choose the Most Flattering Lipstick Shade for Your Skin Tone
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  • Lipsticks are my guilty pleasures because it’s the easiest thing to shop for — I don’t even try it on before making a purchase. But here’s a confession: I have a lot of forgotten tubes on my dresser because after excitedly swiping it on and looking at the mirror, I realize the color doesn’t suit me. At all.

    If this has happened to you, you might automatically restrict yourself from buying certain colors. You’ll think, “Oh, red doesn’t look good on me,” or “Nude shades just make me look sick.” The thing is there’s a shade of red or nude that works for you — maybe you’re just trying on a hue that doesn’t flatter your skin tone.

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    How to determine your skin tone

    The best way to know the colors that match your skin is by knowing your undertone: warm, cool, and neutral. You can easily check your undertone by looking at your veins. If they’re blue, you have a cool undertone. If it looks green, you have a warm undertone. If they look like both, congratulations, you’re a neutral — you can practically wear any shade.

    If you’ve looked at your veins (the best spot to check is the inside of your wrist) but still have a hard time telling, grab your favorite pieces of jewelry. If you think you look better in gold, then you are warm-toned. If you look great in silver, you are cool-toned.

    Women with cool undertones tend to have paler, fairer skin, while warm-toned gals have golden, olive, or morena skin.

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    Lip shades for cool tones

    If you have pale skin, soft, mauve nudes and deep colors can make your lips stand out. Think bold red, pink, berry, and purple. Try to avoid shades with yellow undertones or anything too light because you might look washed out.

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    Try these shades if you are cool-toned: Audacious Mauve, Femme Future Pink, and Purple Aura

    Lip shades for warm tones

    If you want neutral shades, go for warm, sandy hues or those that have peach undertones. If you have darker skin, you’ll look great in dark chocolate nudes. For colors, you’ll look great in orange, coral, and plum! For reds, choose a brick red or rich wine shade.

    Try these shades if you are warm-toned: Superstar Brown, So Lit, and Show Stopper

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    Lip shades for neutral tones

    It’s hard for you to go wrong, so just have fun with your picks! Most nude, pink, orange, and red hues will look good on you.

    Try these shades if you are neutral: Rise Up Rose, Red Rules the World, Dare to Be Nude

    Of course, all of these are just suggestions to help you narrow down your choices. At the end of the day, it’s still up to you to decide which shades you’d love to wear on your lips. If it sparks joy, swipe it on!

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