How to Match Colors to Your Skin Tone

Matching Lip Color to Skin Tone

Choosing the right lip color isn't as simple as it might seem. We've all seen someone wearing the wrong shade of lipstick and, chances are, at some point or another we were that person. The two most important factors to take into consideration when picking out a lipstick are skin tone and the size of your lips. We're going to focus on skin tone, but the lip size is worth mentioning, too.

As a rule of thumb, people with thin lips should avoid dark colors, and people with full lips should avoid bright colors. Dark colors on thin lips can make them look even thinner, while bright colors on full lips can make them seem even fuller [source: Agostina]. Now, onto skin tone.

If you have fair skin, you want to stay away from anything that can make you look washed out -- like browns and yellows. Pinks, nudes and cherry reds, on the other hand, will help accentuate your porcelain features [source: Agostina]. Women with a medium skin tone can rely on pinks as well, especially those with brown undertones. In fact, a number of different shades of brown can be incredibly flattering on women of a medium to olive complexion. Just stay away from anything too pale [source: Woman Junction].

If your skin tone is somewhat yellow, you'll want to steer clear of the bright oranges and reds. Instead try something a little more rich like a deep brown or a deep berry. Yellow undertones can also serve you well [source: Woman Junction]. If you have dark skin try brown or purple lipsticks [source: Agostina].

Once you find the right shade of lipstick -- and you might have to try a few -- you can move over to the hair color aisle and decide how you're getting the most out of your luscious locks.

Read on to find out how to match your hair color with your skin tone.