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How to pick a Lipstick to match your Skin Tone

Every client I work on is anxious to know why I choose the products I do for them and which shades and colours are best for them. As a makeup artist, complexions, their undertones and suitable shades become a sixth sense after a while but I am here to help you understand your own complexion and how to pick the perfect lipstick for your skin tone.

The first thing to consider when picking a lipstick is what undertone your skin has.It can have a cool undertone, a warm undertone or a neutral undertone- everyone fits into one of the three. Those with cool skin tones tend to be fair with pinkish undertones and those with warm skin tones tend to be olive with yellow/golden undertones. Those with neutral skin tones can be from all parts of the spectrum with both cold and warm undertones.

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A surefire way of confirming which category you fit into is by looking at the veins on the underside of your wrist. If your veins look blue, your skin has cool undertones. If your veins look green, your skin has warm undertones. If your veins look both blue and green, your skin has neutral undertones.

Cool colours with blue-purple undertones suit cool skin tones best especially when it comes to bold colours. Cool skin tones should avoid any lipstick too light in colour as it will wash out the complexion. Warm colours with red-orangey undertones suit warm skin tones best and deeper shades are most flattering and natural looking. As with cool skin tones, warm skin tones should also avoid any colour too light or pale in comparison to the natural lip colour. Those with neutral undertones are the luckiest of all; they can get away with almost any and every colour so experiment to your heart’s content!

Having said all of the above, one should always wear whatever one feels most comfortable and fabulous in! Keep scrolling to see my lipstick recommendations for some of our beautiful WeddingSutra Brides…

Cool Skin Tone Bridal Recommendations

M.A.C. Mehr Lipstick is an amazing hydrating long lasting formula in a natural pinky brown colour with a cool undertone.


Lakmé Absolute Sculpt Studio Hi-Definition Matte Lipstick in Red Rush is every beauty insiders go to statement matte red in a great formula.


L’Oréal Paris Color Riche L’Extraordinaire Gloss, Rose Melody is a gorgeous iridescent shade in a creamy formula.


Lakmé Absolute Lip Pout in Pink Fantasy; An amazing hydrating long lasting formula in a a cool toned candy pink.


Warm Skin Tone Bridal Recommendations

Lakmé Absolute Creme Lipcolor in Mulberry Mauve is long lasting and perfect on south Asian skin tones.


Lakmé 9-5 Matte Lip Colour in Pink Slip is a great natural shade for warm olive skin tones.


L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte in Black Cherry is a pure pigment that delivers intense luscious color with a hydrating formula.

Loreal Color Riche Moist Matte

Lakmé Absolute Sculpt Studio Hi-Definition Matte Lipstick in Burgundy Affair is an intense red in a lightweight yet HD formula.

burgundy lakme

Neutral Skin Tone Bridal Recommendations

Lakmé Absolute Lip Tints in Grape Hint is a nourishing and lush formula with a universally flattering shade range.

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L’Oréal Paris Shine Caresse in Faye is the perfect warm pink as well as being creamy, matte and sweetly scented!

L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse in Faye

Maybelline Superstay 14 hour Lipstick in Infinitely Fuchsia is a ‘must have’ statement colour.


Burberry Lips Lip Velvet in Oxblood, a velvety matt weightless formula in a sexy deep colour.


Happy Lipstick Shopping Lovelies!

Preeti Chotai 
Makeup Artist and Beauty Expert
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