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Trial and error and swatching 🙂 At this point I have a general idea what colors do work for me and what don’t: for example, oranges and I don’t get along at all, but I do really well with rose pinks and pink-browns. I find that while I can wear a lot more colors than I normally buy, that doesn’t mean I’m comfortable in them, so it’s not just a question of “does this look good on me” but also “am I comfortable wearing this around?” and I think for that, trial and error is the only way to go. I swatch everything I can when I’m shopping in-store or at a counter, but sometimes I still need to wear a lip product to decide if I like it on me or not.

When it comes to lip color, I think it’s primarily a matter of preference. Unlike other products, lip color is very flexible, and once you decide what sort of shades you like, the rest is downhill. I prefer deep, vampy shades, reds, and nudes, so I just go with colors that I like. There are times I’ll wear a shade and think, “This would be better if it were just a bit…”, and then I’ll keep an eye open for a shade that I’ve pictured in my mind.

I know it’s going to work if the color has the right undertones, if it will suit my needs in terms of different events where I may wear it, and if it has a texture I prefer. Christine, you’re right, trial and error is the fastest way!

definitely agree that trial and error is the way to learn. And the number one result that turns me off is if the lipstick makes my teeth look yellower…dirty light pinks, I’m talking to you.

Well, since I found this website, I have to say that you, Christine, factor into my decision to pick a lipstick. The color of your lips is similar to mine. If I factor in my dark blonde hair and lighter complexion with what looks good on you, I can decide if I want to try something out. So far, I have two winners based on this method…..Nars Como and Bobbi Brown Uber Nude. Love them both and look forward to more winners now that I have found this website!

I search for swatches/reviews on Google images, compare my the skin tone to the reviewer and how the lipstick looks against the reviewer lips. If it looks orange or warm I just forget about it, if not I read the description. If it contains the words plum, berry, rose or cool, it’s a sure thing for me. It works for blushes very well, too.

Incidentally, this is how I found this site. Thank you so much Christine! You avoided a lot of bad purchases for me!

I think if it matches my dark auburn brown hair/ dark eyes/ yellowis skin/freckles! I usually go for warm reds/corals/peaches because of these.

Check out in the daylight if it brings out the pink in my skin (= healthy look)…or the yellow. If it is the latter, then it’s a no. Also, it’s a big no if it makes my teeth appear even a teeny bit yellow. I’m looking at you, warm pinks…

I agree that the only way to know at first is trial and error. Knowing if you’re cool-toned or warm-toned helps at first but everyone is different. For myself, I know that cool-toned or even anything with blue or purple in it doesn’t work on me…ever. Not even cool-to-neutral red lipsticks, I can only wear reds with a healthy dose of orange. However, there are warm-toned ladies that can rock a fuschia lipstick or prefer cool-toned reds, so that’s more of a guideline rather than a hard-and-fast rule.

Also, I know that since I have a very young-looking face, dark colors look ridiculous on me. Even medium colors that would suit most skin tones end up looking too severe on me. What this means is that for red lipsticks, I can only wear light, bright red-oranges, which most people seem to hate/be scared of, lol.

you gotta try it on. that is why i prefer high end to drug stores, cos you can actually try it on. i have a few lipsticks that i wouldn’t have bought if i hadn’t tried them on. case in pt, CYY, pink pigeon.

Yeah, trying different colors is definitely the way to go. For instance, I always think corals look so pretty when Christine swatches them but on me they pull way too orange and garish. I’ve finally learned that lipsticks that lean blue look most flattering on me.

I agree with the knowing if you are cool or warm-toned. I didn’t know what I was until recently, so I just used whatever shade I liked. A girl at the Sephora near me told me I was cool toned and that I looked best in nudes or berries, so I’m sticking to those shades now.

And yeah, trial and error is pretty much a foolproof method.

I find that if i dont try it on my skin, all i have to go with is how it looks on other peoples. the description only gives me small clues, as it describes the lipstick as for example, “true red”. and that red will go pink on me. a “deep blue red” will work perfectly.
I am NC 30 and blue reds look great, but pink red ends up pink, orange red ends up orange. no idea why.

Having worn make up for as long as I have, I can usually tell at first sight. I know cool tones are terrible on me, especially lighter pastels so I always pass on those. I always go for color with warmth that is mid tone. The name of the color can help, too, as long as it isn’t a number or a vague name. For example, Clear Coral tells me a lot more about the color than if it were called #285 or Drive Me Wild.

I’ve been playing with makeup for a long, long (LoNG) time and i still don’t really know if a lipstick suits me or not. I never try anything on in a store so my solution to an ill-fated purchase is blending it with other colours in my stash.
If a colour looks too orange, i will find something that i’ve already purchased to counteract the problem. And the extra bonus is that it creates a totally unique colour. In conclusion, no purchase is a complete disaster…

It can’t have even a tiny scrap of warmth! As soon as I put the wrong color on, any peach, orange, or golden tones that weren’t apparent by looking at the tube will immediately pop, and I will look like I have the flu. Pretty simple. By the way, I am medium rosy/olive tan-beige.

Haha oops I read that question totally wrong and wrote a whole answer about what colors I like best for work. Anyway, yes I agree, trial and error, knowing what colors worked best in the past, if your warm/cool toned can be helpful, how your natural lip color affects products etc… essentially trial and error

I hardly wear lip colors as I have a small mouth and typical redhead complexion. I know enough to head for the more peachy-coral colors and stay away from anything blue-ish.

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