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With the tiresomely long palettes of stains, lipsticks, and glosses, we do know that for women who are melanin-rich, finding their way around the makeup counter and picking the perfect lipstick for their skins can be a tad difficult. There's however a way through such difficulty and you will be amazed at how much lipstick colors are just perfect for dark skinned ladies. We're talking about colors like ashy nude, caramel, golden beige, and pink, to mention a few. All of which just give that glow to already gorgeous dark-skinned ladies. The question then is, how do you explore the vast makeup counter to pick lipstick shades that are just right for your skin and would become your life long favorites?. If you are reading this, you are likely wondering the same. So let's explore some tips.
1) Pick Colors That Compliment Your Undertone.
While it's obvious that you are melanin-rich, there's a lot more to picking the right lipstick for your skin. One of the many things to consider is your undertone. Are you cool toned, warm-toned or neutral?. Now, this may get you a bit puzzled if you've never really considered it.
So let make it easier. If your veins are blue or purple colored or if silver jewelry looks better against your skin than gold jewelry, you are cool toned. If your veins are green or if gold colored jewelry always does you justice, then you have a warm undertone. Finally, if your veins are a bit of both then you are neutral. Being neutral means you can perfectly rock lipsticks that are good for both cool and warm undertones. Having said that, dark skins with warm undertones should try cool deep wine lipsticks, metallic ruby red lipsticks or any lipstick that has a good amount of yellow and orange to them. Cool undertones on their part can opt for lipsticks with shades of purple or blue. It always comes out pretty perfect.
2) Your Hair Color Can Also Help In The Selection.
Another thing you should use in the lipstick selection process is the color of your hair. Flowing from that, dark-skinned ladies are popular for black, deep brown and sometimes blond hair colors and as a rule of makeup, if you want to have a flawless face beat, your lipstick should not just fit your skin but should fit your hair. It's always a package deal. So black or dark hair with dark skins should go for lipsticks that are bronze, ochre, terracotta, and golden beige color. The outcome is always flawless. In line with that, blonde haired and dark skinned ladies should consider colors such as salmon pink, caramel, warm pink and ochre.
3) Pick A Color That Is A Couple Of Shades Deeper Than Your Lip Color.
When you work with your natural lip color in picking a lipstick, chances are you will never get it wrong. The question then is, how do you get a lipstick that is a shade or two deeper than your lip color while also complimenting your dark skin? In answer to this, use the lipstick on your lower lip. Then compare it with your upper lip. If the lipstick is in no way close to the natural color of your upper lip, then you have to return to the lipstick palette and keep looking.
4) The Size And Shape Of The Lips Can Also Be Of Help.
While dark skins fit perfectly with blue-based reds, purple and brown shades of lipstick, you should also look at the size and shape of the lips. For thin lips, keep off dark and flashy lipstick colors. They would make your lips appear thinner than they already are and we don't want that do we?. What we can do is that we can apply creamy lipsticks or glosses.
For plump lips, you would want to keep away from lipstick shades which are too glittery textured and light. They would only make your lips look bigger than their current size.
5) Try Out A Daring Trend.
Yes, we do understand the need to be cautious when finding your way around the makeup counter. However, being dark skinned does not mean you should cut off the adventure. If you are feeling up to it, try out a bold trend such as an ombre lip. To get the best result with this lip, simply combine orange with strong coral and fuchsia with a brilliant red. You can then touch it up with a bright rich berry color. Also when deciding to go for bold lips, you can use the color of your eyes as an inspiration for suitable lipsticks that would not be awkward on your dark skin. Green eyes go well with pink and terracotta lipsticks. Brown eyes always work with light pink, bright red and brown. Grey colored eyes are a perfect fit with plum and nude colored lipsticks and blue eyes are perfect with cherry and scarlet colored lipsticks.
6) Finally, Always Consider Your Teeth Color.
Now, you have a pretty good idea of what lipstick fits your skin and compliments your facial features such as your hair and eyes. There is however a need to bring the color of your teeth into consideration. If your teeth are flawlessly white, you have nothing holding you down. Explore and enjoy. If your teeth are yellow, it is best to avoid colors like bright scarlet, brown, purple and red shades. You can opt for lipsticks that are slightly orange, rose and light red.
On a final note, there’s no doubt that makeup can be the make or break of any look. Just one slip and a ladies once attractive appearance becomes not too tasteful. To tidy up the situation, this article has discussed the various ways of finding the perfect lipstick for ladies with melanin-rich skins and how to know your skin's undertone. So when next you find yourself confused about what shade of lipstick to rock to an occasion, you know where to come to.