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

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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.

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