Made easy – choosing lip color for cool skin tones!


Most of us have a love-hate relationship with lipstick; You love it in the store, then hate it when you get home. Or you leave your house to find out your made a makeup mistake.. a lipstick looks ravishing on your friends lip but a complete disaster on yours! What is the secret? It’s a struggle to find the perfect lipstick because there are many colors that seem right for you. And unless you know how to test a lipstick, you can end up with a color that’s all wrong. To put an end to the madness, here comes the best way to find a consistently appealing lip color.

The entire game is on finding the right skin undertone!

Find your undertone:

“This knowledge can entirely change the way you dress and make up”

If you have pink or blue undertones, cool skin tone makeup can make your skin come alive in a way that corals and warm browns never could. In fact, if you have a cool skin tone and you’ve been wearing eye, lip, or cheek shades best suited for warm skin tones, you may have been asked on more than one occasion if you’re feeling alright. It’s important to match your skin tone to the makeup, and choose shades from the matching color family. There are a few exceptions, like warm tones contrasted against blue eyes, but these are used in small enough doses to avoid overpowering the overall cool-toned look.

Cool skin tone lip colors include:

  • Pinks
  • Mauves
  • Plums
  • Roses
  • Cool browns

Blue-based colors work perfectly with cool skin tones. That includes blue-based red, plum lipsticks more. For your best look, stay away from yellowish-based lip products. They’ll drain the color right out of your skin.

While most cool-toned girls will choose colors within the same color family, they won’t always go for the same depth. As a general rule:

  • Fair skin looks best with lighter cool tones
  • Darker skin looks best with darker hues.

As always, there are exceptions to that rule when fair-skinned ladies mix it up with an edgy burgundy lipstick, or women with dark complexions sport light nude-colored lips.

Flatter yourself:

Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you determine that you have a cool skin tone, choose matching cool-toned eye, lip, and cheek makeup for your most flattering look. You can create daytime and nighttime looks with cool tones that won’t cause you to look pale or tired, and you can even add in a hint of warmth to particular parts of face to make your look interesting.

Now comes the details:

Fair Skin Tones

Try lighter pinks or mauves on the lips for a daytime-friendly look.

What Looks Best: Deep plum-reds, berry and wine reds with blue undertones, browns and beige lipsticks with pink undertones, pinks with blue undertones. If you have warm undertones, you’ll look great in cappuccino, caramels, browns with golden or slightly bronze shimmer.

What to Avoid: If you have cool, pink undertones, avoid orange-reds, pale browns with yellow undertones and any shades that might overpower your complexion such as very hot pinks.


  • Clinique Bamboo Pink Lipstick or Glosswear, a universally flattering dusty beige-pink
  • Cover Girl Continuous Color Lipstick in Iced Mauve, a creamy medium mauve
  • MAC Lipstick in Lovin’ It
  • Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick in Fame Game

Clinique Bamboo Pink Lipstick

Clinique Bamboo Pink Lipstick

Medium/Light Olive Skin Tone

You’ll do best with something a little darker and in the berry family for your lips. You may also love mauves and roses.

What Looks Best: Deep reds, blue-reds, deep pinks, brownish reds, caramel, medium brown with yellow or pink undertones and coffee browns.

What to Avoid: Medium tones seem to get away with warm and cool shades.


  • Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick, a sheer, berry-toned shade that’s not as dark as it looks
  • MAC Berry Boost Lipstick, a bold, cool berry-toned red
  • Calvin Klein Delicious Fusion Moisturizing Lip Color in Stolen Kiss
  • Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Bitten

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Olive Skin Tone

Olive tones skin can take almost all lip colours.

What Looks Best: Deeper shades of browns and reds, dark berries.

What to Avoid: Mauves, pale pinks, orange-reds, pink-reds, purples.


  • Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lipglaze in Constantly Coral
  • Revlon Colorstay Overtime in Constantly Coral
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Gloss in Soft Coral.

Medium-Brown Skin Tone

What Looks Best: Brown reds, berry pinks, rose, medium plums with yellow undertones.

What to Avoid: Pinks that are too cool or light, pastel shades, orange.

Dark Skin Tones

You can wear rich, beautiful burgundy shades on your lips whenever you like, or choose a medium-dark pink, plum, or pink-based nude.

What Looks Best: You can get away with darker, deep shades, reds with blue undertones, reddish browns like mahogany, deep plums, wine reds, raisin, coffee brown and deep rose.

What to Avoid: Orange, pinks or pastel shades.


  • MAC Talk That Talk Lipstick (RiRi Hearts collection), a deep, matte plum
  • Black Radiance Lipstick in Burgundy Royale, a shimmering dark ruby red with depth
  • DermStore Semi-Matte Lipstick in Cool Burgundy, a rich, deep burgundy
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Liar, a pinkish-nude with a creamy formula

Nude shades for cool tones beauties!

You should wear nude lipstick when you’re aiming for a natural look. Nude lipstick can also help to balance out dramatic eye makeup.

Look at Your Natural Lip Color – For nude lipsticks or more natural shades, look at your natural lip color, and choose a color close to the lip color, or a couple of shades deeper or brighter.

Additional information:

“Get your perfect nude lipstick!”

Trial & Error

Finding the right lipstick shade can take a lot of trial and error. One easy method is to use a tester (using a cotton swab) and swipe the color onto the tips of your fingers. The pads of your fingers will be closer to the lip shade than your hand, and will give you a better idea of how the color will look.

The best way is to test the color on your actual lips. Remember that price doesn’t necessarily mean a particular lipstick will look great on you or that it is any better than an inexpensive brand. Please feel free to use drugstore brands to experiment with colors before purchasing a more expensive and/or better-formulated lip product.

Cheater’s tip:

Custom-Blending: If a lipstick color doesn’t look good on you, you can always mix it with another lip color. Some of the best-looking lip shades are custom-made by blending two to three different shades.

Want to hear a lot more from my readers. Don’t forget to leave comments with more ideas and anything that you want to be made heard!

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