To many, pink is a color that’s intimidating or too bold—but products such as the viral nude pink Pillow Talk lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury shows that isn't always true! Just like any other shade in the color wheel, pink has a diverse range of undertones and hues that work well for different skin tones, styles, and events. It’s an underrated and versatile shade that can be used as a base lip, a point lip color, and on the cheeks for that natural flush. So really, what’s not to love?
The reason pink can be so daunting for some may be because finding that perfect shade can take a while—but that’s easily solved once you are familiar with what hues go well with your unique skin tone!
How to find the perfect pink lipstick for your skin tone
Pink has different undertones; there are cool, warm, and even neutral pinks, depending on which other hues are mixed to create a specific shade. So in order to quicken your search, it’s best to go with colors that suit your personal tone!
Warm-toned individuals tend to have a yellow or peach complexion. For these people, going for yellow, peach, and coral-based pinks are ideal. Warm pinks, coral pinks, and cherry pinks are your best bet to illuminate your skin!
Cool tones have pink, red, or bluish undertones in their skin, so blue and purple-based pinks are your best friend. Match your tone by going for mauves, fuchsias, and berry pinks in order to add some life to your complexion!
For those who still aren’t sure about their own skin undertone, we recommend going for neutral pinks! Neutrals don’t clash with any undertone, so it’s perfect even for those who identify as either warm or cool. Nude and bubblegum pink are two neutral-toned pink shades that can be universally flattering!
Now that you have an idea on how to pick your perfect pink, let’s move on to the fun part—the lippies themselves! We’ve already given you a sneak peak above of what shades there are, so here are product recommendations for each of the eight essential shades of pink that belong in everyone's makeup kit!
8 Types of Pink Lipsticks You Need in Your Collection
1. Nude Pink
One of the keys to the perfect no-makeup look is a good MLBB (my lips but better), and a nude pink would work wonders for exactly that. It can also be used as a base color to add a hint of rosiness to your other lippies, and can also work for naturally overlining your lips for an extra pouty look!
2. Warm Pink
A misconception about pink is that it’s only a cool-toned hue, but there are tons of warm pinks like salmon and rose pink that are perfect for that healthy flush of color! This shade is perfect for achieving a sweet, romantic vibe—a date night or "no-makeup" makeup staple.
3. Coral Pink
For those looking for a pink shade that packs a subtle punch, coral pink is your best bet. It’s a hue that’s in between natural and bold, so it’s great for days when you just need a little pick-me-up or a touch of fun to your look.
Mauve is a deep cool pink that’s versatile enough to create a mature vibe for a business meeting or an edgy look to pair with your leather jacket and boots. It’s a shade that’s perfect for days when you want to show the world who’s the boss!
Now, fuchsia may look like an intimidating hue, but there’s no better pink for bringing out that fun, youthful energy on nights out! If you’re hesitant to wear such a bold shade, you can try dabbing it in the inner portion of your lips to create a gradient lip first and build it from there.
6. Cherry Pink
For those who just can’t seem to let go of their trusty red lipsticks, cherry pink is the perfect entry shade for trying out pink lippies! Since it has a red undertone, it brings a similar effect to a true red, especially when worn as a full lip.
Dior Addict Reffilable Shine Lipstick in 536 Lucky, price unavailable, DIOR, Greenbelt 5; Crushed Lip Color in Cherry, P1700, BOBBI BROWN, Rustan's
7. Berry Pink
Think of berry pink as the burgundy shade of the pink color family. A deep shade with hints of purple and red, it’s perfect creating a sultry look when worn in full opacity, but great as an everyday pop of color when worn sheer.
Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipstick in Berry Pop, P1200, CLINIQUE, Rustan's; Ink Mood Matte Tint in Ballet Pink, P569, PERIPERA, Lazada
8. Bubblegum Pink
Bubblegum pink is a bright shade that works for both warm and cool tones because it sits on the neutral portion of the color spectrum. This is probably the first shade that comes to mind when one thinks of pink—an iconic shade that can be your next trademark lippie!
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