Found: 12 Nude to Bold Lipsticks For Every Skin Tone

Get ready to meet your lippie soulmate, whether you’re searching for buffs, brights or bolds

There are approximately a gazillion options when it comes to lipstick shades, and not nearly enough days to trial-and-error them all (plus, who wants to waste their time with the wrong colour?). We thought we’d save you the trouble with this fail-proof guide to finding your ideal hue, based on your skin tone.

Fair

Fair-Lipstick-For-Skintone

Barely There: Finding the right nude doesn’t mean just reaching for the palest shade out there (that approach will wash you out). The colour should match your lips’ natural tone, not your skin. Most often, this is a slightly rosy beige. FLARE Pick: Lise Watier Rouge Gourmand lipstick in Champagne, $24, beautyboutique.ca

Bright: It’s easy to go overboard when you’re fair, so find shades that mimic your cheeks’ flush when you come in from a brisk walk, generally a medium to deep pink. FLARE Pick: Vasanti Cosmetics Love Brights Get Matte lipstick in Puppy Love, $19, beautyboutique.ca

Bold: Go full Snow White by pairing your alabaster complexion with a standout red lip. Bonus: Reds with cool undertones are instant smile-brighteners. FLARE Pick: Nyx Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels, $10, nyxcosmetics.ca

Medium

Medium-Lipstick-For-Skintone

Barely There: When picking a pale shade, look for warm hues like peach to play into your skin’s golden tones. FLARE Pick: M.A.C Matte lipstick in Kinda Sexy, $20, maccosmetics.ca

Bright: Vivid colours will boost your complexion’s natural glow. Go vibrant or go home with near-neon hues like hot pink. FLARE Pick: Sephora Color Lip Last in Pink Sunset, $18, sephora.com

Bold: Turn to analogous hues (neighbours on the colour wheel) for your best statement pout. Try bright orange-based reds to compliment your skin’s yellow and golden undertones. FLARE Pick: Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Bloodline, $27, anastasiabeverlyhills.com

Olive

Olive-Lipstick-For-Skintone

Barely There: Caramel tones are your BFF for a soft look. For a Kardashian-inspired pout, dot clear gloss over the centre of your lips. FLARE Pick: Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Latte Matte, $23, beautyboutique.ca

Bright: Fight sallowness with lively orange. On the colour wheel, the intense citrus hue sits close to green (like the hint in your skin), making them a great pair. FLARE Pick: Clarins Jolie Rouge lipstick in Orange Fizz, $27, beautyboutique.ca

Bold: If you really want your lips to pop, go for high contrast against your golden-green undertones with a purple-ish red. Stock up on those burgundies! FLARE Pick: Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Vampira, $26, sephora.com

Dark

Dark-Lipstick-For-Skintone

Barely There: Your best neutral lippie will be similar to the colour of the centre of your lips. A sheer chocolate shade makes for a foolproof option. FLARE Pick: IT Cosmetics Blurred Lines lipstick in Daring, $33, itcosmetics.com

Bright: While your skin tone can handle almost any punchy pigment, true red is the perfect pick-me-up if you need to add vitality to your complexion. FLARE Pick: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout, $9, walmart.ca

Bold: Darker complexions can pull off intense shades no probs. Bring the drama with the ultimate statement lip in deep eggplant. FLARE Pick: Wet ‘N’ Wild Megalast Lip Color in Vamp It Up, $3, available at Walmart locations

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