Find the Consummate Pink Lipstick For Your Tone

Nikhitha Kodimyala

Pink lipstick —it is the most common of all lip colors, yet often the hardest to select the correct pink that suits our skin. One wrong move and we’re left looking more like we just had a cherry popsicle than the “Pretty in Pink” vibe we were going for. Here is this article to help all of you in your search for the perfect pink lipstick,  the  most flattering pink lipstick based on your skin tone: 


Fair/Light Skin Tones:I f your skin looks fair it’s better to look for pink lipsticks that are “either more crisp in pigment or soft and sheer.” When it comes to color, its better choosing a peachy pink shade — this will help neutralize your reddish undertones. Other options are petal pink shades with rose or lilac tints.
Product Picks:
Maybelline Color Sensation High Shine in Pink Freeze; Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in Peony; Smash box Be Legendary Lipstick in Sunset Junction.

Medium Skin Tones:
Lucky ladies — if you have a medium, olive-based skin tone, you can pull off most shades of pink. “[Just] avoid [pink lipsticks] with blue undertones that tend to wash you out,”  “Instead, opt for a luscious watermelon shade or a nude-ish pink for a more natural look.” Also, you can never go wrong with deep pinks that have hints of caramel and brown.

Product Picks:
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in Pink Devotion; L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Ballerina Shoes; MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum-Yum

Deep Skin Tones:
Bright and bold pinks perfectly complement darker skin tones. If you’re feeling daring, look for shades in the magenta family that stray towards fuchsia. For a more toned down look, try a lighter, purple-toned pink. Just avoid any ashy, neutral pinks,  — they’ll wash you out.

Product Picks:
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lévres Glossy Stain; Maybelline Superstay 14HR Lipstick in Fuschia Forever; NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage.

Here check your skin tone and the lip color that suits you more.



Step 1: Exfoliate your lips to create a smooth surface. You can also use sugar in a pinch!

Step 2: Moisturize your lips using a lip mask or a super moisturizing lip balm, like Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Treatment. Leave the balm or mask on as long as possible, so do the rest of your makeup and get dressed during this time.

Step 3: Remove the balm/mask, because the lipstick needs a dry surface in order to stick.

Step 4: Apply a foundation to the lips. This is what makes your lipstick really stick, and prevents bleeding outside the lip line.

Step 5 : Line your lips with a skin-toned lip pencil.  Find one that really matches you lip color.

Step 6: Apply lipstick to the cupids bow area and then to the outer corners and bottom of the lip. Then fill in the rest of the lips. Use good ole’ Nars Dragon Girl throughout all images. It’s the perfect blueish bright matte red. Then blot.

Step 7: Using a flat brush or your ring finger, apply HD Powder to your lips. Then repeat step 6. The white powder is key to making your lip color last all day or night and prevents bleeding.

Step 8: Using a small concealer or lip brush, apply concealer around any areas than need cleaning up. You can also use a q-tip and eye makeup remover.




Lips come in many shades with some darker than others, regardless of your skin tone. My clients with darker skin tones tend to have darker lips or a dark line on the perimeter of the lip area. some also have fair skin but  lips barely have any pigment to them at all. So it’s the luck of the draw, really. But if your lips are naturally pigmented, you’ve probably struggled with lipsticks looking different on you than they do in the tube. If that’s the case, then this tutorial is for you! Grab your favorite lipstick and do a comparison of what it looks like directly on your lips versus what it looks like after these four steps.


  1. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of foundation into the palm of your hand. Tap the sponge into the foundation to load it up then close your mouth and stipple (tap) the sponge over your entire lip area.
  2. Tap the puff into the powder to load it up then tap it all over the lip area as well.
  3. Outline and fill in the entire lip area with the lip liner.
  4. Go back over it with the lipstick.

If you follow this four-step process, you can neutralize your natural lip color and wear any lipstick in its true color. You don’t have to do this every day (we should all embrace our natural lip color and wear clear lip gloss with confidence!) but every now and then when you want your red lipstick wear like a true red, give this a try!

Find what shade of red works best on your skin tone:


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