How to Choose the Right Lipstick Color

Last Updated on May 9, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Do you know how to choose the right lipstick color for spring? Learn more about picking the right lipstick color with these tips.

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How to Choose the Right Lipstick Color for Spring


How to Choose the Right Lipstick Color for Spring

I admit that learning how to choose the right lip color is one of the first things that I did when learning about makeup and beauty tips.  I have vivid memories of a relative of mine wearing almost orange lipstick when I was a child.

While this might be a great look for some women, with her skin tone, the result was not a good one. Learning how to choose the right lip color is based on a few variables but the most important one is your skin tone.

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Picking the right lipstick color

There are many different types of lip colors that attract me when I’m shopping but that doesn’t mean that they are all going to look good on me.  

One of the easiest ways I have found to find out what type of skin tone you have is to look at the veins in your arm (near your wrist).  


What color are they? If they are blue, you have a cool skin tone. If they look more green than blue, you have a warm skin tone. Wasn’t that easy?

Fair Skin

  • Fair skin with cool undertones: Choose nude, light mocha, or light mauve.
  • Fair skin with warm undertones: Pick shell, sand, or pale peach.
  • Fair skin should avoid: Bright pink, dark bronze, and dark brown.

Medium Skin

  • Medium skin with cool undertones: Try rosy pink, pomegranate, and cranberry.
  • Medium skin with warm undertones: Use bronze, copper, and cinnamon.

How to choose the right lipstick color for spring

  • Medium skin should avoid: Nudes

Olive Skin

  • Olive skin with cool or warm undertones: Choose brick red, brownish red, or caramel.
  • Olive skin should avoid: Orange-reds and pinkish reds

Dark Skin

  • Dark skin with cool undertones: Try raisin, wine, and ruby red.
  • Dark skin with warm undertones: Pick honey, ginger, or coppery bronze.
  • Dark skin should avoid: Anything orange.

lipsticks in front of a makeup mirror

Which shades work best for you? Now that you’ve chosen, how about trying an ombre lip

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4 thoughts on “How to Choose the Right Lipstick Color”

  1. I always feel so bad for women who wear the wrong color lipstick! It can make them appear way older and more haggard looking than they actually are…or worse yet, they can just look like a clown! Thanks for such an easy to understand breakdown of what works for each skin color!

  2. This was really helpful! The hardest color for me to pick is a nude. A lot of them make me look washed out. Any tips for that? I am fair with cool-to-neutral undertones. Thanks!


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