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What Is Lipstick Color Theory?

Think about whether you have a warm, cool, or neutral undertone. You can use this information to select lipstick shades that work well with your skin tone.

#1 Know Your Skin Undertone

Lipstick colors in the peach, coral, warm red, and earthy brown ranges will look best on those with warm undertones.

#2 Warm Undertones

Lipstick colors with a blue undertone, such as pinks, berries, cool reds, and plums, complement cool skin tones.

#3 Cool Undertones

Lipstick shades of both warm and cool tones look great on neutral skin tones. Find your favorites by trying new things.

#4 Neutral Undertones

Lips that are fuller benefit from bolder and darker shades, while lips that are thinner benefit from lighter ones.

#5 Consider Lip Size

Lipsticks in neutral tones are ideal for daily use, while classic reds are best saved for special events, the many shades of pink can suit any mood, and bold or dark colors are best saved for the evening.

#6 Choose Based on Occasion and Look

Choose from matte, satin, glossy, and sheer finishes. Matte for modern, satin for subtle sheen, glossy for youthful, and sheer for effortless elegance.

#7 Try Different Finishes

Create a gradient lip color by blending two or more lipstick colors together. Use a lighter shade in the center and a darker shade at the edges to create a gradient effect.

#8 Experiment with Ombre Lips

To avoid feathering and define your lips, use a lip liner. Overdrawing just a little bit can give the impression of fuller lips.

#9 Lip Liner Matters

Be sure to moisturize and exfoliate your lips first. Finally, don't be afraid to flaunt the lipstick shade that best complements your unique style.

#10 Lip Care and Confidence