Finding Your Perfect Shade

Experimenting with lip-sticks can be just plain fun, but there is nothing quite like finding your perfect shade. I have been looking for mine for years – scouring through drugstores, departments stores and about 25 different Sephora’s in hopes of finding that one color that belonged to me.  After searching for what seemed like an eternity – I was finally paired up with the genius team at ColourPop and found my perfect shade ( SeeSaw ) in their Ultra Matte Collection.

While my shade seems to steer towards the more soft pink side, I have created a quick and easy guide for those souls out there that might still be searching for a shade of their own.  I think the best chance for success to use when buying a lip stick is to base it off your skin tone and your undertone coloring.

  1. First you need to determine what your skin tone is.  Are you more along the ivory lines?  Maybe you are rocking that constant tan tone.  Do you have pink or red undertones to your skin?  Or a darker complexion?  I like using this guide when I have questions about my own skin tone.
  2. Once you’ve figured out your skin tone and its specific coloring – the best place to start on your path to finding your perfect lipstick shade is looking at the section that is 2-3 shades darker than your current lip color.
    • If you have fair or light skin, look more at the light pink, coral, peach, nudes, or beige color grouping
      • For cooler undertones, try a soft mocha and nude whereas warm undertones may want to try pale pinks or a nude with a little peach.
    • Medium skin tones would target the more rose, mauve, or berry shades.
      •  Cool undertones: try shades of pink or cranberry. Warm undertones: experiment with copper or bronze.
    • If you are lucky enough to have that constantly glowing, tan skin go for colors that emphasize that glow with an orange undertone like a coral, or deep pink.
    • If you have a deeper complexion your best bet would be trying browns or purples shades like a walnut, caramel, plum, or wine.
      • Cool undertones should look for ruby and wine-colored reds. Warm undertones: try copper or bronze.
  3. Finishing the look is the most important part of the process.  Once you have found your perfect shade – I highly suggest grabbing the coordinating gloss and lip liner for your lipstick.  A good rule of thumb when it comes to lip liner is to go for the shade one darker than your lip stick – this will help you create that fuller, plump lip look.  As far as glosses go…. I love a good clear one! Throw in one with plumping effects – that is even better!

If you like experimenting or are looking to play around with your lipstick, I suggest checking out ColourPop’s amazing kits that allow you to test shades all within your skin tone color themes.  I personally love the Staycation kit and the Foxy Gloss kit.

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