Choosing the perfect lip color for your skin tone can often be a difficult task — or a nightmare in the making. But what if you didn’t have to search high and low for the perfect color? What if you could just happen upon ideal shade for you?
Cue this week’s Fashion Finds, in which THL has scouted out the best lip color options for makeup junkies like us. When shopping for lip color, whether its lipstick or lip gloss, be sure to consider the pigmentation of your skin and its undertones. Bustle offers this tip to identify the undertones in your skin:
“A quick way to identify your skin’s undertone is to look at the veins on your wrist. If they are blue, and you also tend to gravitate towards wearing blues, whites, and grays, you’ve got pink undertones. If your veins appear more green, you have a warmer yellow undertone. If they appear to be both blue and green, you are the lucky owner of a neutral skin tone (meaning equal pink and yellow tones), and you can wear any color.”
Once you identify your skin’s undertone, Bustle says to stick to colors similar to your warmer or cooler undertones; this means warmer colors (like reds, oranges, etc.) for a warm yellow undertone and cooler colors (pinks, reds with a blue base, etc.) for cool pink undertones.
Got that? Now check out some of THL’s favorite lip color companies — from custom options to universally-flattering shades, you’re sure to find something perfectly suited to you.
Finding Ferdinand: The only truly “customizable” option we could find, Finding Ferdinand allows you to choose up to four colors from their selection of 16 shades, and then decide how much of each color you’d like to be visible in your custom lipstick. The best part is that you can order a small sample size of your color for only $6 before you take the plunge and order a full-sized version for $30. Once you land on a shade you love, you can order the full finished product in either a creamy lipstick, a matte lipstick or even a pencil-style lip tint.
GIELLA: While GIELLA offers a selection of preselected colors, you can decide the kind of finish you’d like your lip color to have. Shoppers can choose from full or sheer coverage lipsticks from 39 shades, or opt for lipgloss with the same coverage options and a choice of white, pink or gold shimmer from another 39 shades. GIELLA lipstick and lipgloss are available for $30 each, but their makeup options don’t stop there — they also offer a variety of other ready-made products, ranging from foundation and BB cream to nail polish and blush.
Lipstick Queen: Not a truly customizable lipstick, Lipstick Queen lip color does take the guess work out of picking the right shade for you — that’s because several of their lip stick options come in universally-flattering colors that warm to each person’s skin tone. Take the Frog Prince lipstick, for example: Although it looks like a forest green lipstick, it actually tints your lips a pretty shade of pink. And, as Lipstick Queen promises, “No two pairs of lips will look the same as it adapts according to your pH and natural coloring, appearing entirely different yet beautifully flattering on everyone.” Offering a similar effect is the Hello Sailor lipstick, which turns from a deep, sheer blue to a sheer plum when applied. Both colors are available for $25, and the rest of their lipstick collection retails between $22 and $50.
With options ranging from fully customizable to one-shade-fits-all, you can’t go wrong with any of these lip color choices.