How to Find the *Perfect* Pink Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

Because taking a color leap can go very, very wrong.

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The first time I ever tried pink lipstick, I sat behind a screen, Skyping with my then-boyfriend, hands clasped over my mouth. He urged me to stop hiding, insisting I was being dramatic when I said it looked terrible. When I reluctantly revealed my lips, his deeply furrowed brow said it all.

Needless to say, that was that for pink lipstick.

Don't get me wrong, when it comes to lip color, I'm very chummy with all shades of red, berry, and purple (so adventurous, I know). But pink? Not so much. Yet every time one of my friends stepped out with a bright pink smile, it was hard to hide my envy.

So I set out on a quest to prove I can do pink too. And now that I work for Marie Claire, I was able to enlist an expert (Laramie, amazing makeup artist and founder of Book Your Look) and help a lot of other people in the process (come on, you *know* you fear the pink lip too.)

Laramie's go-to tip? Match your lipstick to the undertones in your skin. Here's how.

Fair Skin = Blue-Pink

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Because fair skin often has blue undertones, choosing a bluish-pink color really pops without washing you out. Look for bubblegum or candy pinks.

Try Butter London LIPPY Moisture Matte Lipstick in Primrose Hill Picnic, $22;

Olive and Medium Skin = Coral Pink

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For olive and medium skin, reach for pink lipsticks with orange or coral hues to complement your warm undertones.

Try Maybelline New York Color Sensational in Coral Burst, $8;

Dark Skin = Purple Pink

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Deep blue-pinks work well with darker skin. Opt for colors that feature red or purple tones like a fuchsia or strawberry color.

Try Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense in Satin Fuschia, $20;

Next time you're fretting about which pink to buy, refer to this handy-dandy makeup guide and you will never go wrong.

Simedar Jackson

Simedar Jackson is an esthetician, content creator, and lover of sci-fi fiction living in Brooklyn, New York. She is passionate about creating space for Black and Brown people in the beauty and wellness industries by providing access to culturally nuanced education and services that meet their needs. You can find them doing their skincare routine, reminding friends to reapply SPF, and watching reruns of Love Island.