How to Choose the Right Lipstick Shade For You!

by mehak on April 14, 2012

in Lipsticks, Reviews

Lets face it, Lipsticks are an important part of a girl’s life….

It’s the first thing that touches your wine glass and stays there throughout the night. It’s the cause of many an accident as you pause at the side of the road and swivel it in front of  the rear view mirror. It’s an instant confidence booster,  a quick touch up as soon as you enter a party, and its the cause of many a broken marriage as well (Lipstick stains on your man’s collar that does not belong to you!) . But a lot of us struggle with colors that look good on us, and how to choose the best color for us. I put together a few methods that might help some of you out while testing lipstick shades out

  • The Bobbi Brown Method for choosing a nice everyday color:

Bobbi Brown says choose a color that is a tone deeper than your natural lip color. Apply the lipstick on one lip and compare it with your other lip. If it is  a tone or two tones  deeper than your natural lip color this is the lipstick for you

  • The “Under your lip “method  for choosing a lighter lip color:

 Another technique to help you choose a lighter lip color is to match your lipstick to the area  under your bottom lip. Stick your bottom lip out and the pale pink flesh inside –  that’s the color you should go for when yo u buy a lighter color

  • The Warm tone/Cool tone Funda:

A lot of people say that warm skin tones (green veins, yellow skin, looks good in gold jewellery) look good in warm lipsticks. Cool skin tones (blue veins, pink undertones, looks good in silver jewellery) look good in cool toned lipsticks.   Warm colors are  generally colors of the fire- orange, yellow, reds  (this doesn’t mean you buy a yellow lipstick, this just refers to the undertone of the color). Cool colors are more like colors of the sea blues, lavender, purples etc.

So a warm pink- is like a reddish pink or a coral orangey pink…but a cool pink is a purplish pink. Get it? No? Doesn’t matter, neither do i most of the time. This is a funda I don’t religiously follow, i feel like even though i am a warm undertone, some cool pinks look great as a contrast against my face, while some of the more orangey pinks can hot up my face too much. But its a good rule to follow anyway.

  • The Swatch Test:

If you have pigmented lips, and you swatch a lip color on your hand thinking this is
perfect – wait a minute. It’s not . Choose a color darker than the one you think is perfect – that is the perfect color! This is happened to me so much, i swatch something on my hand i thnk-this is perfect. But i go home and find that it washes out my skin tone, specially because my lips are darker so once i put this on , it looks lighter… so my mantra is if my gut instinct says this is a nice color choose a shade darker-its nicer

  • The size of your lips:

You will very rarely see Kareena Kapoor wear a very bright glossy  lip color – and that’s because she has such voluptuous lips that grab attention , that any sort of overtly bright lip color draw way too much attention to them making it look slightly garish. So she always plays them down with pale pinks or nudes. On the contrary, if you have tiny lips do go for bright, glossy colors that will make them stand out.

  • Dont Swatch on the back of your hand:

This is somethin I learnt from Gossmakeupartist on YouTube. He says, if you are swatching lipsticks in the store, don do it on the back of your hand because the veining and the skin there is totally different from your lips. He recommends swatching the lipstick on the pad of your index finger – the texture here is a lot closer to the texture of your lips and should be a better match!

  • Look at  Celebrities who are the same skin tone as you, an pay attention to what they wear: In my case, thats like Genelia  and Deepika Padukone. Since Chris”s very rightly mentiond in the comments below, this is a really easy guide to see what works for you or not. Plus celeb stalking is fun no?
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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Rima April 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

What a nice work Mehak!!It will be so very helpful for newbies like me… :) Thank you so much dear!!!


Chris April 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Another good way to choose a shade is : find a celebrity who has your coloring, and pay attention to what lipstick shades they wear. This could set you on the right track to finding your color.


mehak April 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Oh TOTALLY AGree!!! do that all the timeeee…pick bollywood actresses and se ewht colors they wear


Manu April 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Nice post :) The SA’s think I’m weird because they try to swipe lipstick on my arm and I’m like, “NO. Give it to me” and then I swatch it on my index finger, hold it up to where my lips are and then look in the mirror to make sure it doesn’t clash with my skin ;) Works like a charm.. every time!


Sukanya April 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Take a bow Mehak ! awesome work …


tanveer April 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Love your tips.. It took me a good one year of lipstick mistakes before I started to understand what works. Now I’m quite a pro at it & have had quite a lucky streak since a year – all the shades I have picked looked perfect on me..

I also agree with Chris on the celeb tip, that is exactly what I did. Concentrated on celebrities who had coloring close to mine :)


mehak April 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I knoww! Let me add that to the tip!


Lancy April 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Such an informative post! Thanks mehak :) Loved your writing style.


Roshini April 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Awesome tips mehak :)
It really helped a lot!


Kritika April 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Oooh that’s a really really informative post Mehak !! Thankyou.


Niya April 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Great post & great tips!


namita April 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Hey Mehak :) I have tagged you in the 7 Deadly sins tag :) check it out :)


kuheli April 15, 2012 at 12:09 am

great tips, really helpful for people like me..who always messes up while choosing the right shade.. :P btw, what lipstick is that in the first pic?


mehak April 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

Nyx herades


Tanmayee April 15, 2012 at 12:12 am

Kudos to you Mehak, for conjuring this up………Would help all the folks out there who really struggle to make shades work…… :) The boobi brown method really works for me, And also its a great way to find the apt red for oneself…….


mehak April 15, 2012 at 12:29 am

You know wht made me laugh the most batter reply … Boobi !!! Haha typing error!


Tanmayee April 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Yes Mehak :P lol………… U know, I realised that later and thought to leave it as it for the fun :P……….cant help laughing now ……….


Kejal April 15, 2012 at 12:41 am

This helps quite a bit!! I have made a couple of mistakes in lippies so far.and mostly have got it right. But this is a handy post to read before I go buyin again!! (thumbs up!!)


Neha April 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

Thanks for the tips…I’m always confused when it comes to lipsticks :)


ashwini April 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

nice tips,i mean most the days just a lipstick/gloss is all that i do for makeup and these are some useful tips for buying,thanks for sharing. i like kareena kapoor’s lip colour choice thing,may be that should work for me but i can never forget gloss so a neutral lipstick+gloss will be fine.ya,coral lipgloss thing works for me too,colourburst papaya is such shade for me


Nidhi April 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Oh wow! Thanks a tonn! for this review..:) Good Day!


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