7th Nov 2019

How To Wear Pink Lipstick for Every Skin Tone

Whether your lip vibe is bold and bright or soft and super-subtle, it’s official; there’s a shade of pink lipstick to suit everyone. Your search for the perfect hue is over with our guide to working candy hues, and we’ve covered every finish, from glowy and glossy to velvety and matte. Which pink lipstick look will you try?

Pink Lipstick for Fair Skin

Your Shades: Try pale, light, delicate pink lipsticks with a blue undertone. Think sugary pastel and candy pinks to build a pop of colour on lips, or peachy pinks to warm your complexion.

Go Glossy: Get lips looking shiny AF with a sweep of pink lip gloss. Oh My Gloss! Oil Tint in Master Pink was made for you; an easy-to-wear pastel pink hue that works with the cooler undertones in most fair skins while serving up a high-shine sheen.

Chic in Satin: Feeling a nude-pink satin number? Be a bougie babe in Lasting Finish Extreme Lipstick in Hella Pink, which is soft and delicate enough to suit most fair skin tones, with a super-luxe satin texture to take your lip look to the next level. Bonus: one swipe gives you up to 10 hours of will-not-budge flawlessness.

Make it Matte: We’re all about a pink matte lipstick look. Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Pink Bliss will look as good with a light gold shimmer wash on eyes as with a classic grey smokey eye. It’s light and creamy, featuring a pop of pink to brighten a fair complexion.

Pink Lipstick for Tanned Skin

Your Shades: You can work just about any pink lipstick shade, from bold and blue-toned to warm and orange-y. It just depends how much you want your lip look to stand out. For an everyday nude, opt for pinks with a hint of brown, like a dusky pink, then dial things up for night-time with a fierce fuchsia or poppin’ coral.

Go Glossy: Get your pink lipstick looking flawless with Oh My Gloss! In Ooh La La. This high-shine gloss is a bright, orange-y pink that works with warmer skin tones, featuring a mirror-like finish to make your whole look pop.

Chic in Satin: More drama, please. A fuchsia will lip looks flames on medium skin tones, so reach for Lasting Finish Extreme Lipstick in Buzz’n to get that bold pout on point. This hot hue will work alone as a statement shade, or you can wear it with a sweep of bold coloured eyeliner to switch up your look.

Make it Matte: Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Rose & Shine is a true rosy pink that will light up olive and tanned complexions. Blot with tissue and reapply for additional staying power and to build up a velvety-matte finish.

Pink Lipstick for Dark Skin

Your Shades: Bright, magenta pink lipstick or nude-y shades with a hint of mauve are your perfect lip match, contrasting beautifully with your skin tone. Try a bold, purple-toned pink with a slight berry hue to step up your lip look, or delicate nude-pinks injected with a touch of warmth for a dose of everyday glam.

Go Glossy: Veil lips in a brightening berry hue to lift your look in an instant. Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick in Rad delivers a slick pink-purple shade that will stand out on your feed - and beyond.

Chic in Satin: You’ll love a silky, satin finish in a soft yet highly pigmented shade. Get your pink lipstick game strong with a sweep of Lasting Finish Extreme Lipstick in Blush Touch.

Make it Matte: Your ultimate matte pink lipstick shade is Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Heartbeat. It’s bright and bold with a major matte texture that looks fire paired with a blush-toned smokey eye or winged liner.

Top Pink Lipstick Tips

Take your pink lipstick to the next level with these three pout-perfect tricks…

Make it monochrome. If you’re wearing pink on your lips, you’ll want to apply a pink blusher, too. Try the Kate Blush Palette, which holds three rosy hues so you can customise your colour.

Fight shade fade with a lip liner. Using Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner in a shade that closely matches your pink lipstick, trace the edge of your lip line then fill to create a long-wear base.

Finish with a setting spray. After perfecting your eyeshadow, blusher, pink lipstick – everything – mist your finished makeup look with Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray.

Want to add to your lipstick wardrobe? Read our red lipstick shopping guide to find the ultimate shade for your skin tone.