Just because summer is far from sight doesn’t mean you can’t rock a bright lipstick. After all, wearing a vibrant lip color can add the perfect pop of color to an otherwise dreary day (or otherwise subdued makeup look). But as much as we all love all bright makeup, it can get tough deciding which bright lipstick shade will pair best with your complexion. To help you better select the best bright lipstick for your skin tone, below we’re sharing glossy lipstick and matte lipstick ideas for different skin tones. It’s time to brighten up—your makeup, that is. Keep reading for our best bright lipsticks for different skin tones.
Our Best Bright Lipsticks for Light Skin Tones
When it comes to light skin tones, you want to keep things bright and poppy without getting too dark. That’s because when you choose a lipstick that’s too dark, it can sometimes look more distracting than enhancing. We particularly love how hot pinks work with light skin tones. The bright pop of color pairs beautiful with fair skin to offer just enough of a statement without overwhelming your overall complexion.
Glossy lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glazed Pink
Matte lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte Mandate
Our Best Bright Lipstick for Medium Skin Tones
We love how bright berry hues match with medium skin tones. The rich color enhances the slightly darker skin tone, creating a gorgeous focal point centered around the lips.
Glossy lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glassy Garnet
Matte lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Berry Matte Pink
Our Best Bright Lipstick for Dark Skin Tones
Darker skin tones are super-lucky because they can get away with wearing bright lipstick on the regular without having it overwhelm their complexions. In addition to plums and purples, we love how true reds look on darker skin tones for a real pop of bright color.
Glossy lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red
Matte lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-jestic
Editor’s tip: Of course, we’re firm believers that you can wear whatever bright lipstick shade you’d like, no matter your skin tone! While the above guidelines can help you find a bright lipstick hue that flatters your skin tone, feel free to experiment with color and choose whichever bright lipstick shade you’re most drawn to—you’re sure to look fabulous!
How to Do the Rest of Your Makeup When You Wear a Bright Lip
Now that you know how to find the best bright lipstick for your skin tone, let your lips do the talking by keeping the rest of your makeup on the subtle side. The ultimate skin goal? A dewy or matte complexion topped off with just enough highlighter to glimmer in the sunlight at all the right moments.
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 2: Color correct any discolorations. Next, use the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons to neutralize the appearance of any redness, dullness or sallowness you see showing up on your complexion.
Step 3: Apply foundation. Once you’re done color correcting, squeeze some foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation onto a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, and stipple it on until you achieve your ideal coverage.
Step 4: Apply highlighter. Dust your cheekbones for the perfect glow-y sheen using the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette.
Step 5: Dust on face powder. Set your makeup by lightly dusting on a face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder.
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