Quick fact: It’s one of the top searches on Google— 2,07,00,000 results—when we last checked! What color of lipstick looks best on your skin tone is a question we at Nykaa get asked most often. And when we posed that to our celebrity makeup artist of the month, Namrata Soni, she said, “Any lipstick color you want is fine, as long as you know your undertone.”
It’s All About The Undertone
She’s absolutely right. Undertones are those base colors in your complexion that determine whether you’re a warm, neutral or cool color. And this is how you find out: Are you more likely to burn in the sun or tan? If you burn, your undertone is cooler. If you tan, your undertone is warm. Namrata has another fool-proof guide: “Look at the color of the veins on your wrist—blue usually means cool and green usually means warm, but if you can’t quite tell, you might be neutral.” Still confused? She recommends standing in the bathroom under the light wrapped in a white turby with a white towel draped around your shoulders. “Wear a gold necklace. If your skin glows you’re a warm undertone. If silver makes you sparkle you’re a cool undertone.” Now onto the best lipstick colors of all time, organized by the amount of melanin in your skin…
“Indians in general are scared to wear reds and brights because they don’t think they can carry them off. Here’s an easy solution: Olive skinned, dusky and yellow undertones look stunning in reds with hints of oranges. Meanwhile a shade of red lipstick with hints of wine will look superb on cooler undertones. Dusky beauties can opt for deeper berry hues.”
“I know brown is having a moment but that’s because most Indian girls think they won’t look good in brighter hues. To them I say, ‘Try pink lipsticks, both muted hues for day and brighter colors for evenings.’” She says everyone looks good in pink and you have a whole spectrum of hues to pick from, from the sheerest baby pinks to hot pinks and corally pinks in between. “And if you do want brown opt for berry or wine hued brown lipstick,” adds Namrata.
“Please stay away from light purples that border on lilac unless you want to look like a Smurf.” Deeper shades of purple lipstick can look great on both warm and cool undertones. “I recommend plum shades that contrast beautifully with Indian skins and brown eyes.” Take your pick to relive the ’90s vibe.
“I’m not a fan of liquid formulas. They’re very drying on the lips because of their alcohol content.” However, if you don’t like matte, creamy formulas, always prep and prime your lips before using a liquid lippie. Namrata suggests starting with gently dry-brushing lips followed by a dab of Bio Oil
. Let it sit for a minute and dab off the excess. Then apply your fave liquid lipstick and you’re ready to go!
Namrata is a big fan of high shine lip glosses, “The glossier the better. It’s just such a dramatic look,” she exults. Apart from just applying a swish of lip gloss, she says you could apply a layer of transparent lip gloss over a matte lip.
Expert tip: “Lip gloss tends to spread and bleed, so simply apply to the center of your pout and press. It’ll spread anyway.”
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