Here’s A Very Unexpected Way To Find The Best Lipstick For Your Skin Tone


Finding the best lipstick color for your skin tone is definitely easier said than done, and unfortunately, it’s something plenty of beauty lovers have struggled with. But now it’s time to try an entirely different method of choosing the best shade for you.

Are you ready to throw out everything you thought you knew about lipstick and give this unorthodox method a try? According to the TV show “The Doctors,” the best way to find a nude lipstick for your skin tone is by considering the color of your nipple. Yes, you read that correctly!

“We have a great way to pick your best shade for your face. What you want to do [is] you want to match your nipple color. Oh so simple. Nature knows best,” host and board-certified emergency medicine physician Dr. Travis Lane Stork said on the show.

So, if you’ve struggled to find a lip color, this may be a great option for you!

Makeup artist Elisa Flowers told Refinery29 that even this method isn’t fool-proof, however. She says that while this may work for many skin tones, you have to consider the fact that your areola color might change for certain reasons and therefore may not necessarily be the best indicator for this kind of thing.

“The color or your lips and nipples will change with heat, cold and blood flow, not to mention hormone levels. In my opinion, this is more of a loose guide rather than a rule to follow,” she told Refinery29.

Of course, there are other ways to find your perfect shade. Some may work for you, some may not, so it pays to try a few different methods.

What’s Your Undertone?

One approach is to look at the undertone of your skin. Makeup pros say you can determine your undertone by looking at the veins in your wrist. Blue or purple veins indicate a cool undertone while veins that appear green indicate a warm undertone. If you have difficulty pegging your veins as blue or green, it’s like you have a neutral undertone and could choose colors that complement either side of the spectrum.

Makeup experts advise that those with cool undertone choose lipsticks with blue or purple tones to them while those with warm undertones choose lip color with yellow undertones. If you’re choosing a nude color, choose a shade one shade darker or lighter than your actual skin tone.

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Where To Test Lipstick

When testing lipstick shades at the store, chances are you’ve swiped a lip shade onto the back of your hand or the inside of your wrist. Celebrity makeup artist told Harper’s Bazaar that our fingertips are actually an even better spot to test. She says the blue-red undertone of our fingertips is closer to the shade of our lips and therefore a better test pad.

Closeup of woman's mouth

While this nipple method may be more of a guideline rather than something set in stone, it certainly couldn’t hurt to give this a try. I mean, whatever it takes to find the best shade for our lips, right?

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