Aside from going hand in hand with Wednesdays, pink can be just the color you’re looking for to add a splash of feminine flair to your ever day makeup routine. It’s the most popular lip color but it can be a daunting task when trying to find your perfect shade.
How many times have you purchased a beautiful pink lipstick only to apply it when you get home and find out it looks nothing like you imagined on your lips? It’s happened to me more than I’d like to admit and it’s a shame because I always feel the awful pang of wasted money, and I know that tube of lipstick will only serve the purpose of collecting dust on my vanity.
Some women don’t even bother with pink lipsticks for fear they’ll look clownish or pink’s too girly, maybe even “young” for them.
But a well-done pink lip can be very sexy, even chic and fresh. It’s simply all about knowing what shades of pink suit your skin tone best. Most of it stems from understanding the undertone’s in your complexion, what colors compliment that undertone, and the rest is pure preference.
Let’s start with the basics but keep in mind these are not rules but rather guidelines or suggestions on identifying your undertone and what shade of pink lipstick will most likely work best for you.
What Is An Undertone vs Skin Tone?
The word “undertone” gets thrown around a lot like we’re suppose to automatically understand what it means. I used to use it interchangeably with “skin tone” but these two terms are completely different and are pretty much the key to knowing how to choose the right pink lipstick for you.
To simplify it, your “undertone” is the color underneath your skin and your “skin tone” is the actual color of your skin. Skin tones can change (get darker when you tan etc.) but undertones will always stay the same.
Figuring Out Your Skin’s Undertone
If you know the undertone of your skin then you’re basically half way to finding your perfect pink lip color. Women with yellow undertones are normally considered warmer and women with pink undertones, cooler.
But how do you tell what your undertone is?
A very old rule of thumb for figuring this out is looking at the color of your veins; They say women with green veins have more of a warm, yellow undertone and if they are blue you have cool, pink undertones. If you have a little bit of both then your skin tone is neutral, meaning you can wear pretty much any shade your heart desires.
Another way to quickly tell if your skin is warm or cool is to take a look at your jewelry collection. If silver enhances your complexion then there’s a large possibility you’re cool toned. If gold is your go-to then you’re most likely warm toned.
Colors Complimentary To Your Undertone
So you’ve identified the undertone of your skin tone.. now what? Now is the fun part!.. Going shopping for shades that work well with your specific needs!
Most of the time, pink lipsticks that have similar undertones as you will flatter you more so if you’ve identified yourself as having a yellow undertone, pink lipsticks with warm tones will likely be your favorites. Anything with a yellow or brown base is considered a warm undertone so look for a hint of nude or beige in your light pinks and orange, copper or gold in your brighter pinks. You can try NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in Sex Machine or MAC Angel lipstick.
Ladies with pink undertones will likely prefer cool undertones (purples and blues) such as rose and/or mauve shades among others. A blue-toned pink that I’m currently obsessed with is Revlon’s Pink Pout which you can see in action HERE. Another cool-toned pink you can try is MAC Creme Cup lipstick.
Choosing the right pink lipstick for you can be tough but it’s not impossible. These guidelines are all great but the best way to know what looks best on you is simply to test different colors. I recommend picking up Wet n Wild lipsticks for around $2 each and experimenting with all their shades. Another great way to ease yourself into finding the right pink shade is starting out with shear lippies since they will allow your natural lip color to peek through and the plunge into color won’t seem so drastic.
What other tips and tricks do you have for choosing the right pink lipstick? I’d love to hear your nuggets of wisdom!
Bonus Tip: If all I said seemed like jibber-jabber to you, I once heard the quickest and easiest way to finding the perfect pink shade for your skin tone is to look at the color of your gums; You’re not suppose to go any lighter. In fact, the color of your gums is suppose to be your ideal pink lipstick shade 😉