Remember the good ol’ times when pink lipstick shades were limited to just two variations—hot pink lipstick and baby pink lipstick? Well, that’s surely not the case anymore. Today there’s a myriad of pinks available in the market, which makes shopping for that perfect ‘pink’ lippy that much easier. Right? Not really! Especially when you choose a pretty pink shade (from the millions out there), only to end up looking washed out completely; and you thought choosing a red lipstick is tough. Sigh.
Well, the good news is that, there is a pink lipstick for every skin tone; and who wouldn’t want one, considering pink is such a cheery hue.
If you don’t know where to start, here’s a comprehensive guide to choosing the right pink lipstick shade just for your skin tone; plus, a low-down on all the pink shades available in the market. Happy shopping!
Skin Tone: Fair & Light
If you are fair complexioned and have a very light skin tone, chances are that you have cool or pink undertones (PS: Check if you have blue veins). That’s why you should opt for true pinks such as candy pinks and hot pinks that will brighten up your skin tone and make your eyes pop. Aiming for a subtle natural look? Go for light pink lipsticks that offer the perfect flush of color to your lips.
In case you have warm undertones (PS: Green veins are indicative of yellow undertones), then stick to warmer pinks to avoid looking jaded.
Skin Tone: Medium & Olive
Ladies rejoice! Because Olive and tan complexions can carry off any color under the sun. In fact, you don’t even have to bother about your skin undertones! Having said that, dark pink lipstick shades and rich mauves look amazing on this skin tone. You can also opt for berry or luscious watermelon shades for a fresh-faced look. If you love a coffee tinge in your pinks, then choose caramel pinks and nudish pinks that make for an elegant day look. The only rule: just stay away from pink lippies with blue undertones, which tend to wash you out. Easy enough?
Skin Tone: Dark & Dusky
It’s hardly a surprise that dusky skin tones and radiant colors are a match made in heaven; ‘bold’ is the buzzword when choosing a pink lipstick for deeper skin tones. Think statement shades such as fuchsia that will make heads turn; headed to a black-tie event? Then, choose a dark pink lipstick with magenta and plum undertones for a truly ‘wow’ effect. Remember less is more, so don’t be afraid to experiment with jewel-toned pink hues.
To sum it all up
Fair Skin Tones:
- Make heavily pigmented lipsticks your best friend.
- If you have a light complexion with cooler undertones, choose bubble pinks to brighten up your skin tone.
- If you have a light complexion with warmer undertones, opt for coral pinks.
Medium & Olive Skin Tones:
- You can never go wrong with any pink hue—be it a light pink lipstick or darker hues.
- Opt for rich mauves, berry or luscious watermelon shades for a fresh-faced look.
- If you are in the market for natural pink lipstick shades, then choose caramel pinks and nudish pinks.
- Stay away from baby pink lipstick shades that tend to wash you out.
Dark & Dusky Skin Tones:
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold jewel toned pinks.
- Statement shades such as fuchsia will make heads turn.
- Pinks with Magenta and plum undertones are tailor-made for this complexion.
Here’s a lowdown on all the different shades of pink that will give you a selfie-ready pout.
Fuchsia pinks pack some serious punch and are great for days when you are feeling particularly blue. Find the shade a tad too intimidating for your own good? Wear it with a dewy complexion and winged eyeliner to get popping without looking OTT. Good news is that you don’t need much else to complete the look.
Gorgeous berry pink hues are the best way to pull of the just-bitten trend. Apply it with your fingers to smudge over the color to create a subtle lip stain; alternatively, you can also layer this with a neutral hue to make it more office-friendly. Don’t forget the highlighter, that will offset the look beautifully.
I mean how can you not be obsessed! From lazy Sunday brunches to fun sundowner parties, this vintage hue is tailor-made for every complexion out there. Just don’t forget to pair the look with brown smokey eyes when you are headed to a weekend rager.
Why choose corals? Because it’s fresh, fun and chirpy. However, if going too orange ain’t your thing, you can choose ones with peachy undertones that are just right for the cocktail hour. If the vibrancy of the shade puts you off, try opting for a sheer lip stain to strike the perfect balance between naughty and nice.
Mauve lippies are for girls who love a bit of drama. The rich lavender undertones look fabulous on olive complexions and are perfect for those elegant black-tie events. Remember to keep the overall look minimal to make your pout stand-out. What’s not to love?