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Formal Fringe asked, "How do I choose the right shade of lipstick without looking like a clown?"
These rules apply for lipglosses as well! Color trends come and go, but the easiest way to pick the right shade of lipstick is to choose it according to skin tone. These are general guidelines I'm sharing, taken from various cosmetology textbooks, beauty books, articles, and professionals. Lighter colors go better with lighter skin tones and dark colors go better with darker skin tones. Darker lipsticks can age you if worn with the wrong skin tone. However, full lips tend to be more pigmented and can pull off darker shades easier. Thinner lips can look larger by wearing lighter colors, depending on skin tone, believe it or not! I have thin lips that are not heavily pigmented, so wearing a regular nude lipstick looks awful on me. Instead, I need to wear a brown or pink-based nude and it will work!
Light: light pinks, light peaches, beiges, orange-based reds
Medium: medium pinks & peaches, mocha-caramels, blue-based reds
Olive: dark pinks & apricot peaches, berry, mauve, toffee browns, true-to-brown-based reds
Dark: deep--berry, fuchsia, red, golden beige
What's your favorite lipstick? Lip gloss?