Humor me—check your beauty kit right now and count how many lipsticks you have in there. If you have more than two and you rarely use most of them, congratulations, you’re like most women!

Yup, many of us buy lipstick every chance we get and they end up not being used, piling up inside our already filled beauty kits. Why is that? Well, for me, many of those were given to me by friends, which makes it harder for me to let go of these lipsticks as I wouldn’t want to hurt my friends’ feelings. The other reason is when I see a lipstick in cosmetic shop posters or in a celebrity’s lips and thought: “Hey! That looks really good!” But when I bought it and tried it on, it just doesn’t work on me.

The first reason we really couldn’t do much about, right? But with the latter, it’s actually just as simple as identifying your skin tone and knowing what lipstick color will work well with it.

There are three major skin tones that women should know to get the gist on how to pick a lipstick color: the dark, the olive, and the fair skinned. Now it’s just a matter of (honestly) assessing your own skin tone and looking for colors that’s going to look good on you.

If you’re still at a loss on what to do, here’s a simple guide that should (I hope) make it easier for you:

Dark Skin Tone


Celebrities: Halle Berry, Beyonce’, Rosario Dawson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Tyra Banks

Lipstick Colors: You can either go for bold colors or nude, but nothing in between. That’s the secret for women with darker skin, you either go all the way or go bust.


Olive Skin Tone


Celebrities: Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls), Shakira, Eva Mendes, and Adriana Lima

Lipstick Colors: For olive skin tones, look for lipsticks with blue undertones as well as shades of browns and beige. Reds will also look fine on you.


Fair Skin Tone


Celebrities: Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried, Scarlett Johansson, Zooey Deschanel, and Kristen Stewart

Lipstick Colors: Fair skinned women will surely look sexy and fabulous in lipsticks in pink, peach, and orange based shades as well as other light, “fruity” colors. Your bright skin and these light colors will make your lips look fuller and bright.


Keep in mind that these are just rough, general guides. To make sure that you have the right color, of course, you would still have to try them on in the store before buying them.

Anyways, hope this would help you in choosing the right lipstick color for your skin tone—and of course, ridding your beauty kit of unwanted and unused lipsticks.

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