If you want to choose the perfect shade of lipstick, think about sweet cream, milk chocolate and espresso. Then take a tour of your jewelry box.
Confused? Don’t be. ArtistryTM Global Makeup Artist Rick DiCecca said those things are key first steps in selecting the shade that will light up your look instead of one that will stand out for all the wrong reasons.
“Choosing the best shades of lipstick for your skin tone starts with knowing your skin’s level of intensity and its undertone,” Rick said.
Intensity is how light or dark your skin is, while your undertone comes from the natural colors underneath your skin’s surface.
Think of your skin’s intensity in these terms, Rick said: light, light/medium, medium, medium/deep, deep, very deep.
“Think of milk when you think of a light skin tone,” he said. “Sweet cream is a good example of a light/medium skin tone. Weak tea for medium-toned skin. Milk chocolate for a medium/deep skin tone. Strong tea for a deep skin tone, and espresso or 80% dark chocolate for a very deep skin tone.”
Your undertone is where your jewelry box comes in. If it is filled with white/silver metals, you most likely have a cool undertone, Rick said. If it features mostly gold offerings, it’s a good bet you have a warm undertone.
“If you wear silver and gold metal together at the same time, then you’re more than likely a neutral undertone, therefore you have the luxury of looking great in both cool and warm tones,” he said.
Once you have this information, you’re prepared to navigate through the endless palettes. Here are Rick’s recommendations using various shades of ArtistryTM Signature Color Lipsticks and Light Up Lip Glosses:
- Fair or light skin with warm undertones: Try warm pinks, coral, peach or nude beiges with a peachy undertone color like Ballet Pink or Bellini lipstick and Juicy Peach gloss from Artistry.
- Fair or light skin with cool undertones: Choose pinky nudes, light roses and light mauves, including Artistry’s Silk Lilac and Wild Orchid lipsticks and Pink Nude gloss.
- Medium skin with warm undertone: Try deep peach and coral shades like Terracotta, Bellini and Coral Sunrise from the Artistry lipstick collection, and when it comes to gloss, go for the Sweet Mellon.
- Medium skin with cool undertones: Shades of rose, mauve, berry or cranberry look best. Try Artistry’s Havana Rose and Taffeta Rose lipstick and Pink Sugar gloss.
- Dark skin with warm undertones: Check out the deep, warm browns – like walnut and caramel – and also warm reds. Artistry offers Rich Cocoa and Crimson in lipstick and Real Red in gloss.
- Dark skin with cool undertones: Look for shades of ruby, wine and deep cool plums. From Artistry, try the Velvet lipstick and the Raspberry Kiss gloss.
Just like jewelry and makeup, knowing your skin intensity and undertone can help you select the clothing colors that look best on you, too.
Choosing colors that are opposite from your undertone will look more dramatic than those that align with it, Rick said.
“So, for a natural effect, choose colors within your undertone family,” he said. “When you want to make a statement, choose colors that are the opposite.”