How to: Pick the perfect neutral lip for your skin tone

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By Terry Saw

How to: Pick the perfect neutral lip for your skin tone

Not a red-lip kind of girl? No problem! While we encourage you not to rule out the power of a red lip, it’s most definitely not the be all and end all when it comes to lip tricks. The key to mastering a neutral lip is in understanding what works for your skin so the final result is more ‘wow’ than washed-out. Let’s get started.


Your skin tone: Fair with yellow undertones

Neutral lip go-to: Creamy beige

What this’ll do for you: This subtly complements your skin tone and the minimal cover-up makes you look ultra-chic and modern.  

Try: Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Blue Raspberry


Your skin tone: Fair with hints of olive

Neutral lip go-to: Sheer pink-coral

What this’ll do for you: The coral works a treat of offset traces of olive in your skin and instantly ‘wakes up’ your complexion.

Try: Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Curvy Candy


Your skin tone: Olive

Neutral lip go-to: Glossy pink-beige

What this’ll do for you: You can be a little more adventurous and go for the gloss here. A warm pinkish beige shade works best for skin with golden-brown undertones.

Try: Dior Addict Fluid Lipstick in 249 Primrose


Your skin tone: Caramel  

Neutral lip go-to: Shimmering peach

What this’ll do for you: A pale, subtle shade lets your naturally beautiful complexion take center stage. Pick a formula with a little shimmer to add interest.

Try: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in Peach Seduction


Your skin tone: Mocha-coloured

Neutral lip go-to: Sheer intense beiges

What this’ll do for you: What you’re going for here is just a bit of contrast to play up your skin tone. A sheer formula makes the look more natural for day or night.

Try: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Boy


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