A Guide On How To Choose Lipstick Undertone

A Guide On How To Choose Lipstick Undertone

The number of lipstick shades and finishes present in the lip makeup philosophy is enough to overwhelm a beginner and enthral a beauty aficionado. While the latter surely knows and understands the difference between the shades of pinks and nudes, variants of reds, browns, purple, etc, the former can find the process of finding the perfect lipstick shade a daunting task. The best way to pick your perfect lipstick is by gauging lipstick undertones. If you are unaware of the lipstick undertones and want to learn more about this concept? You’ve come to the right place, keep on reading to find out the right lipstick undertone and help others too. 

A sneak peek into lipstick undertones

Lipstick undertones are similar to body undertones. If a lipstick has an undertone of orange, peach, golden or red they fall under the category of warm toned lipsticks. The colour leans towards the warmer section of the colour wheel. 


A cool toned lipstick leans towards the other side of the colour wheel and has tones of blue, light green, purple and pink. If you are a makeup novice, it can be tricky to tell if a shade is warm toned or cool toned lipstick. 

Identify Your Lipstick Undertone

#Trick 1: A great way to determine this is by swatching it at the back of your hand. Once you swatch a lipstick on your hand, if it is a very poppy shade it is more likely to have yellow or warm undertones. Cool-toned lipsticks are formulated using blue pigment, which is usually muted. 


#Trick 2: Another trick is to place your lipstick swatch next to a bright blue object. If the lipstick colour complements the blue colour, it has a cooler tone. Whereas warm undertone lipstick shades will seem too stark when compared to a blue object. This is because these colours are on the opposite sides of the colour wheel and create a contrast. 


Now that we have determined how you can determine lipstick undertones, it is time to move on and understand which undertone of lipstick will suit your skin the best. 

Lipsticks with warm undertones

As we have established, warm undertone lipsticks have yellow, peach or red undertones to them. If you have green looking veins and tan easily, your skin has a warm undertone too. People with warmer skin should opt for warm undertone lipstick shades, as they complement their skin tone. This helps balance out your appearance as cool toned lipsticks tend to wash out people with warmer skin.  

Lipstick shades for warm undertones

Here’s the list of lipstick shades for warm undertones: 


• Orangey-red,  

• Brick-red, 

• Terra-cotta, 

• Brighter reds, 

• Pink, 

• Coral, 

• Nude and dark lip shades with warm tones 

Our recommendations for warm toned lipsticks:

• From the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Range - Rich Ruby, Bold Crimson, Dried Rose

• From the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon Range - Treat Yourself, Laugh Louder, Own Your Empire

• From the Maybelline Superstay Matte Liquid Lipstick Range - Dauntless, Ruler, Self Starter 

Lipsticks with cool undertones

Looking for cool undertone lipstick? Here’s your best bet. Blue undertone lipsticks are the best shades for you as they brighten your appearance (remember, those with blue-ish veins or sunburn before you tan, you have cool-toned skin). Cool undertone lipsticks also have hints of purple and pink in them, making them flattering for people with cool- toned skin. A red lipstick with blue undertones should be a staple for your vanity as it flatters your skin while making your teeth look whiter. 

Lipstick shades for cool undertones

Here’s a list of various lipsticks for cool undertones:


• Blue-ish and purple shades 

• Bright cherry red  

• Berry shades like cranberry; or a deep plum 

Our recommendations for cool toned lipsticks are:

• From the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Range - Indipink Night, Moody Crimson, Rosy Peach

• From the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon Range - Lead the way, Stay Exceptional, Settle For More

• From the Maybelline Superstay Matte Liquid Lipstick Range- Ringleader, Pioneer, Seductress


Once you identify your skin tone and the lipstick undertone, you can easily find out your best match and complete your face makeup products like primer, foundation, concealer, highlighter, blush, and eye makeup staple products like kajal, eyeliner, mascara and set the base with a setting spray.  


If you are not sure if these lipstick with cool undertone or warm undertone and other face and eye, makeup products would suit you, take the help of Maybelline Virtual Try On tool, you can try different face, eye, and lip makeup products virtually. You can create different looks and choose products that you love. Additionally, the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool helps you shade match yourself from the comfort of your home. Isn’t it amazing!  


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