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What's the Best Lip Color for You?

Find out which shade will perfectly complement your skin tone -- then make it your go-to hue

Lip color is really more of an accessory than a makeup product. It's also a mood evoker -- if you're feeling sultry, you can wear gloss to draw attention to your mouth, or if you're feeling tired after a long day you can grab a bold lip color for a pick-me-up before heading out on the town. But do you know which shade complements your skin tone and should be your go-to lip color? We chatted with makeup artists Laura Geller, mastermind behind her innovative eponymous makeup line, and Anna Marco, part of the team at the newly opened Makeup&GO! studio in Brentwood, Calif. to find out.

The quiz results might not come as a big shocker to you (although we do have some great lip makeup recommendations for you), but on the other hand, you just might discover something new and take a leap of lip-color faith that'll be somewhat of a mini makeover for you. But keep in mind, since there's not a science to picking out lip color per se, you shouldn't feel pigeon holed by the recommendations because if you try on a color that you think looks good, then you should wear it.

Once you find your new go-to hue, here are a few tips to help extend the wear of your lip color:

• Line and fill in lips with a pencil that matches your natural lip color. The liner will act as a base color to hold your lipsticks and glosses in place longer. Plus, you'll avoid that unsightly ring around your mouth as the lip color inevitably fades.

• To prevent the lip color from bleeding and to extend the wear of your lipstick, try a lip stain. It provides a great base prior to applying your lipsticks, and also works well under lip gloss.

• Keep lips moisturized at night with lip balm to prevent dry lips so that your lip color will adhere to lips better.

Your Results

What's the Best Lip Color for You?

Your ideal lip color is: nude or rich berry. Want a more natural look? Nude lips a la Kim Kardashian will look fabulous on you. Marco recommends applying a nude lip pencil like Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil in Light, $16 topped with a light pink, nude gloss like mark Pro Gloss Hook Up Plumping Lip Shine in Sexy, $6.

Want a bold look? Bright, rich hues that have gold or bronze undertones will enhance your olive complexion, says Geller. But avoid pale brown because it'll wash you out. Try Laura Geller Dream Creams Lip Palette in Raspberry, $25, which includes four lip colors from the same family, so you don't have to be married to a single shade. Marco agrees saying cooler purples would also look gorgeous on your tone, and suggests pairing something like MAC Lip Pencil in Burgundy, $13 with Smashbox 'Lip Tech' Lip Color in Sangria, $24.

products mentioned
Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick


As low as $1.49

Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick


As low as $16.98

Smashbox Lip Pencil


As low as $10.95

MAC Lip Pencil


As low as $15.75

Smashbox Lip Tech Lip Color


As low as $12.02

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