Whether you want a bold lip or something more natural, pink is the perfect color for every occasion. Yet with such a wide variety of options, it can sometimes be intimidating picking the right shade. With a little help, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that it's actually a lot easier than you may think, though. Picking the perfect pink lipstick is all about following your skin tone for guidance and knowing your undertones. Here’s how to find it.
Start With Your Undertones
To discover your lipstick soulmate, you first need to know your skin’s undertone — AKA the color underneath your skin — because your undertones determine which color palettes will enhance your natural features. With this knowledge in your makeup toolbelt, you’ll be on your way to finding the perfect shade match.
To determine your undertones, you can look at your veins. Blue veins, for example, are indicative of pink undertones, while green veins are signs of more yellow undertones. If your veins are blue-green combo, you’re probably looking at neutral undertones. You can also identify your undertones by looking at your jewelry collection. Do you typically wear silver or gold? Silver jewelry looks better on skin with cooler, pink undertones, while gold jewelry looks better on skin with warmer, yellow undertones.
Picking Pink Lipsticks for Fair Skin Tones
When it comes to picking pink lipstick for the fair-skinned beauties out there, knowing your undertones will be the key to your success. For a true baby pink shade, we love YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rose Celebration. This lipstick is creamy and nourishing, but still leaves a crisp and powdery color on your lips. If you’re looking for a brighter pink, try L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Dewy Petal. This formula combines intense pigment with the comfort of a nourishing shine.
Picking Pink Lipsticks for Medium Skin Tones
Because your skin is fairly neutral, you don’t necessarily have to worry about finding the right hue to complement your undertones. We love pinks that lean toward brown and caramel, as well as blue or purple. These deeper, nude shades look amazing while simultaneously providing a more subtle look. If you want to go all out, however, look for a reddish-pink. We love Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina or Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rush for a pop of dusty rose.For something more vibrant, try Maybelline New York Superstay 24H Liquid Lipstick Super Impact in 24/7 Fuschia.
Picking Pink Lipsticks for Deep Skin Tones
Women with deep skin tones look absolutely radiant in bright colors, so don’t be afraid to go bold. If you’re looking for a showstopper, choose a bright pink with magenta or fuchsia undertones. Two of our go-tos — Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Frenemy and Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Attraction — are the perfect electric pink shades for this.