Now, you can obviously wear any lip color you damn well please — everything from mint green to fuchsia is fair game these days. But if you’re looking for a tone that will be the most flattering for your complexion, that’s where makeup artist Tiffany Patton comes in. Ahead, she brushed, patted, and blotted this summer’s most popular lip shades onto six models with different skin tones. Find the one that’s closest to you, then start swiping.
The first rule of finding a flattering bright lipstick? There are none. “Usually, you’d go for an orange-red on warmer skin tones, but that blunts the color,” Patton says. “By contrasting the tones — like a cool-toned red on warmed-toned skin — you allow the colors to pop against one another.” Patton opted for a crimson hue with blue undertones, which stood out on Hannah’s warmer skin.
Mercedes Salazar earrings; Altuzarra cardigan.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment,$26.00, available at Sephora.
Light/Medium with Warm Undertones
Shawn typically has fairer skin, but had spent a little time outside ahead of our shoot. “Hot pink looks amazing with a little bit of a tan,” Patton says. (Check out our favorite sunless bronzers here.) She pulled out a bright Barbie pink to swipe on Shawn’s lips. “It’s a true, down-the-middle, hot pink,” Patton says. “Tones like Shawn’s can go either blue or orange, but something with a mix of the two packs a major punch.” Apply this one straight from the tube — you want it to be as opaque as possible.
Altuzarra earrings; Altuzarra dress.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, $37.00, available at Yves Saint Laurent.
Deep with Warm Undertones
The deeper your skin tone, the brighter your lipstick will look. For Mominatu, Patton opted for a warm orange shade. “When your skin is deep, [cool-toned] pastels can tend to look a little chalky,” she explained. She pressed the shade into Mominatu’s lips with her fingers for a worn-in, diffused effect that kept it from overpowering her face.
Paula Mendoza earrings; Christopher Kane blazer.
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte, $54.00, available at Tom Ford.
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