One of the most frustrating things about buying cosmetics is not the lack of choice, it’s the opposite. There are just so many brands, variations, shades, limited and long-lasting product lines to choose from. In fact, there are many brands and variants of lipsticks, each with different consistencies, finishes, and special features. You will most likely run out of time to make your selection than you will run out of options to choose from. That’s how vast the range is as far as lipstick colors go.
A lot of these are marketed in different channels. You think you are looking at a completely different product, it turns out that it’s the same product line that you’ve been using all these years, but with a new brand personality. Some manufacturers do their due diligence and consider the colors that people keep coming back to. Instead of offering these products the same way for years and years, they repackage and rebrand them for customers who have conservative tastes (they keep to their narrow selection over the years) while giving other women the option to consider these products anew because they have been modified to be better.
Given all these choices, it is no wonder that a lot of women are having a tough time choosing what is best for them. Usually, when faced with this type of challenge, a lot of women just go with the tried and proven. At least that’s what they say to themselves.
If they’ve grown up with a certain brand or color of lipstick, they just stick with those colors by sheer force of habit. They know they could do better. However, since it’s such a hassle trying to figure out what the optimal look is and trying to make sense of all these different choices, they just stick with what they know.
The problem with online guides
If you’re trying to figure out, “what lip color is best for me”? You really have your work cut out for you because a lot of online guides seem to contradict each other. A lot of them seem to repeat the same tips over and over. As if they were just rehashed from one website or social media platform to another. This is another source of confusion.
Beware of fancy guides
You might have stumbled upon a lipstick selection guide that you think is different from the others that you have read before. They seem to bring the selection process to a whole new level by including so many factors other than the basic criteria that you are familiar with.
For example, we’ve been told that the best way to find the perfect lipstick is to consider lip size and shape, eye color, hair color, teeth color, and other factors. A lot of these guides even come with very fancy software-driven selector tools. You just type in the kind of color you want and other details about you, and the tool will automatically generate a range of recommendations.
It’s easy to get excited about these resources, but if you dig a little deeper, the recommendations are not all that different from the kinds of products that you are already using. Sadly, despite all the initial excitement that you may have about these guides and selector tools, you find yourself back on square one.
The real answer to finding what lip color is best for you
If you’re frustrated, the good news is that it’s much better to stick to the fundamentals. That’s probably not the kind of answer that you’re looking for, but if you do it right, you’d be surprised at the color ranges of lipstick that would look good on you. Many of these would seem different from the products that you are using now.
The fundamentals of picking the best lipstick color
There are two main criteria that you should focus on – your undertone and your skin tone. Your skin tone is very easy to figure out. Just look at your arms and face in the mirror. This should give you a general range of your complexion. Normally, women range from very deep and dark to very light, almost porcelain complexion.
Most women find themselves somewhere in the middle. Even if you are fair-skinned, but have an active lifestyle, you might be on the reddish or even tan end of the spectrum. On the other hand, if you’re normally dark-skinned, but you don’t usually go out or you put a lot of concealer on your skin, you might end up on the lighter portion of the darker section of the spectrum.
Pay close attention to these variations because your way of living plays a big role in how your actual skin tone looks like. In addition, you should look at your undertone. How do you know what your undertone color is? Put your hand right in front of you and look at your fingernails. Pay close attention to this area of skin right below your fingernails and above your knuckles. That is your undertone. Notice that it’s a slightly different color than the rest of your finger skin.
This is crucial because this sets a variety of colors that you should start with. You then correlate that with your skin tone to arrive at the range of tints that would look good on you. Most people who have cool undertones are fair-skinned, while those with warm undertones are golden or olive-skinned. Many women are a mixture of both. This means that you have a neutral undertone.
Rules for undertone lipstick matching
If you have a cool undertone, the best lipstick shades that would fit this color range are blue or purple. Again, there are some exceptions to this but, these are your best choices. Although, if you have a warm undertone, warm shades will look better on you. Finally, if you have a neutral undertone you have a lot more colors to play with because your undertone can accommodate a wide range of hues and color.
The bottom line
Eventually, if you’re still stumped as to what lip color is the best, you must factor in your personality. A lot of women with a larger than life personality, who are very social and outgoing, can get away with lipstick shades that are edgy or hot. Your color choices should really reflect your personality or the persona that you’re trying to project.