Beauty How-To: Pink Lippy For Your Complexion

Pink is a great, versatile everyday colour that basically goes with anything you wear. It’s great for a natural look or a bright pop of colour. However, just like the classic red lip, pinks wear differently on different complexions and unless your skin has neutral undertones (and most people don’t), chances are you may have to do a little trial-and-error to find that perfect pink. This week I did exactly that and have narrowed down the sea of pinks out there to a few that, hopefully, work with the following complexions.

If you are cool toned, ie have pink undertones, the ways to tell are: the veins on your wrist lean blue, you burn more easily than you tan, silver jewellery and pure white flatter your skin tone and, if you’ve been colour matched, you are an NW or N in MAC foundations.

Cool toned people often look best in icy pinks that lean more blue, aka ‘cool pinks’. Pinks with llilac tones also work nicely with cool complexions. Stay away from pinks with too much mauve or warm coral, mauve being a warm variation in the purple family, as this may contrast with your skin tone make you look washed out. However, for those cool toned girls and boys who love corals, fear not! Softer, lighter peachy-pastel-pinks work well with cool tones and the softer, pastel quality doesn’t clash and compete with your pink undertones. Try:

MAC Snob ($36): The epitome of cool pinks, gorgeous pale, baby pink


Revlon Primrose ($23): Very standard, classic pink with a hint of lilac

If you are warm toned, you have yellow or olive undertones and you can tell because: the veins on your wrist lean green, gold jewellery and off-whites or creams flatter your skin tone and you are an NC or C in MAC foundations.

For those that are warm toned, stick to pinks that lean more coral when choosing lighter pinks and plummy pinks when going for darker shades. A lot of the time, warm toned people can pull of bolder, darker lip colours better than cool toned complexions. However you may find it trickier to wear softer pastels and pale-nudey pinks as these colours can make you look sallow. Warm-mauve and coral infused pinks are great for warm complexions and their compliment the golden undertones in your skin. Try:

Tom Ford Pink Dusk ($49): Dusty rose with a touch of mauve

OCC Memento Liptar ($16): Classic pink with the barest salmon-peach finish

The hunt for the perfect pink has definitely not been quick or easy! Thankfully trying out different lip colours is about as hard as sitting back and enjoying a manicure and the whole trial and error process has been tremendous fun.

Let me know if you guys have found your perfect pink, I’m still looking and would love some new suggestions!



  • Reply yslyenom Monday 12th May, 2014 at 12:57 pm


  • Reply yslyenom Monday 12th May, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    My pick is the MAC Snob.

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Wednesday 10th October, 2012 at 9:14 am

    still a bit iffy

  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Sunday 15th July, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I love Revlon primrose x

  • Reply bluebird Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I love the green and pink on the model and the Revlon lippie.

  • Reply thugsy Saturday 9th June, 2012 at 8:16 am


  • Reply doogs Saturday 9th June, 2012 at 8:14 am


  • Reply bardie Saturday 9th June, 2012 at 8:03 am

    lovely colour

  • Reply jarjar Saturday 9th June, 2012 at 7:57 am


  • Reply anitae Tuesday 22nd May, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    yeah i agree with this and great little article. there are so many different shades of pink out there you just have to find the ones that work best for you (and your style!)

  • Reply daysofourlives123 Sunday 13th May, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    so so helpful!

  • Reply candi_lee Friday 11th May, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Love pink lippy

  • Reply meedee Thursday 10th May, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Im in love with this photo
    The green and pink mix is one im wearing a lot at the moment but with a nude look orange lippy

  • Reply punkemohardcore Thursday 10th May, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I dont wear a lot of make up but ive been thinking of branching out into lipstick for a while now. This is a pretty good guide.

  • Reply paperplane__x Thursday 10th May, 2012 at 8:53 pm


  • Reply LenoreP Thursday 10th May, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I like the look of the revlon lipstick

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Wednesday 9th May, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Love the whole make-up look with the green and pink.

  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Wednesday 9th May, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Love pink lipstick.. Greatly compliments any outfit 🙂

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I regularly wear pink lippie-soo refreshing

  • Reply Misskate Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks, really helpful. I always find it hard to wear pink.

  • Reply dapperdolly Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Good tips, I’ve found them to be true in my experience and I buy vegan friendly lipsticks. Love the main picture btw – beautiful.

  • Viggy
    Reply Viggy Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Love the make-up image

  • Reply ragdollbaby Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Wow…perfect cutsie pie makeup.

    I’m not all that into pink lipstick unless it’s a nude pink.

  • Reply Whatthe Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Lovely topic! I like the Tom Ford colour.

  • Luci
    Reply luci321 Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 11:32 am

    As a big pink lip lover- my fave is Elizabeth Arden high shine lip gloss ‘pink pout’ its my fave! So am willing to challenge your suggestions- can never have too much pink 🙂

  • Reply KNY Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love the look of the Tom Ford lippie..

  • Reply adnrew Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 10:20 am

    pretty photo

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