Your pout will pack the most punch when it’s the perfect hue for your skin tone or, makeup being a personal thang, you could rock out a colour that breaks all the rules! Either way, identifying your skin tone is the place to start. Do the veins on your wr
Find the perfect lipstick shade for your skintone
Fair skin with pink undertones suits cooler lip colours. Using a blue-toned red lippy (it’s a thing, trust us) can really warm the face. Think of deep and classic reds — very Marilyn Monroe.
True pinks are your best friend, bringing out the rosy hue in your cheeks for a fresh, awake look. Steer clear of intense deep, dark lipsticks as they can overpower the face and avoid anything too yellowy as it will wash you out. Instead try a nude-brown — it will be a beautiful rich brown on you.
Lara (bottom) wears: 1. Maybelline New York Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in Orange Outburst, $14.99. 2. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Crush, $26.50. 3. Burt’s Bees Gloss Lip Crayon in Pink Lagoon, $18. 4. Benefit They’re Real! Double The Lip in Criminally Coral, $38. 5. MAC Lipstick in Bi-ceptual, $40. Lara holds: YSL Volupte Tint-in-balm in Catch Me Orange, $65.
Medium skin with yellow undertones loves warm colours. You will look great in peaches and oranges making spring/summer your time to shine. Try orangeybrowns for the colder months.
Heavily pigmented colours will look great but nude balms and tints can wash you out and give pale browns a miss as they can make your lip line disappear.
Seek out nude colours a shade darker than your skin colour. Or, to try a tint, dab a little plum shade in the middle of your lips for a subtle, just-been-kissed look.
Jess wears: 1. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Love, $26.50. 2. Benefit They’re Real! Double The Lip in Juicy Berry, $38. 3. Maybelline New York Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in Never Bare, $14.99. 4. Benefit They’re Real! Double The Lip in Flame Game, $38. 5. Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands, $18.
Olive skin tones are generally considered to be neutral, meaning both pink and yellow undertones are present. This makes finding the perfect shade tricky, but it also means you can easily wear both bright and neutral colours. Your complexion looks most radiant against your-lips-butbetter type colours. Berry tones never fail to complete an outfit and help to frame your face. A darker lip draws attention away from blemishes or under-eye bags and highlights your pearly whites. Also try matte liquid lipsticks, available in infinite shades.
Gen wears: 1. thebalm Meet Matte Hughes in Adoring, $49.99. 2. Estée Lauder Pure Colour Love Lipstick in Love Object, $46. 3. Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint in London, $20. 4. Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint in Barcelona, $20. 5. Inika Lipstick in Pink Poppy, $44.
Dark skin tones have a higher concentration of melanin which creates a stunning base for fabulous, bright colours. Purples, pinks and oranges all pop when you wear them and can really liven up the face. Vivid shades can take an outfit from day to night.
Is your skin more golden like Jourdan Dunn, or does it have red-based undertones like Naomi Campbell? Golden tones suit warmer colours, whereas red undertones tend to suit mauves and reds. Natural hues with plummy tones will also look magical on you.
Rochelle (top) wears: 1. Australis Liquid Lips in Sun-dae, $12.99. 2. MAC Lipstick in Heroine, $44. 3. Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Shockaholic, $54. 4. Lancôme Matte Shaker in Magic Orange, $45. 5. MAC Liptensity in Toast and Butter, $50. Rochelle holds: L’oréal Paris Infallible Sexy Balm in Adventure, $17.99.