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6 Universally Flattering Lipstick Shades That Look Good On Everyone

July 24, 2015 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

Having myriad makeup options and shades is thrilling, but when you're short on space (or cash) it's probably a good idea to invest in classic, universally flatting colors that will always look good. "Although makeup is a very personalized experience, there are certain shades that look good on pretty much everyone, regardless of skin tone and hair color," says Julie Ricevuto at YouBeauty.com. When shopping for lipstick specifically, the most important thing to keep in mind is the undertone. "Lipsticks with blue undertones generally make teeth appear whiter and brighter, flattering most skin shades," Ricevuto says. "Be wary of orange undertones, since it can bring out the yellow in your teeth and wash out some skin tones, giving off a sickly look. As a general rule, pick a lipstick that’s blue based and provides high contrast against your skin to create a high-impact, universally flattering look."

Need a little more guidance? Click through the slideshow for 6 makeup artist-approved lipsticks that look good on everyone.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle

"This one is the best! It's a pinky/brown color and it is just so pretty. It suits every skin tone and hair color. I can't tell you how many clients I've used this one on," says makeup artist Liz Fuller.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle ($7.49)

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick in Audrey

"This is a rose-colored lipstick and it is fantastic! It goes on brightly, but can be muted to a stain-like finish if gently rubbed in. It's described as a 'neutral red,' but it looks more rose-toned to me. It's gorgeous," Fuller says.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick in Audrey ($27)

palladio

"Another pinky/brown. Even though this is called a 'lip balm,' it delivers a rich, long-lasting color and formula. Very inexpensive but really great. Looks great on everyone, especially redheads."

Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm in Brownie ($7.21)

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Ruby Star

"This is a pinky/red lipstick. It reminds me of Dorothy's ruby slippers. It's a beautiful, bright red color and feel really nice on the lips. It's very playful and girlish."

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Ruby Star ($8.29)

L'Oreal Infallible 8HR Pro Gloss in Sangria

"This is a neutral, deep bronzy/pink. A non-sticky gloss that has serious staying power."

L'Oreal Infallible 8HR Pro Gloss in Sangria ($6.59)

Essence XXXL Shine lipgloss in True Love

"This is a bright, rosy/pink gloss. It is my favorite gloss. You can keep it bright right from the tube or tone it down a bit by patting it onto the lips. It is a perfect summer gloss ... and it goes great with a tan."

Essence XXXL Shine lipgloss in True Love ($2.49)

 

Author:

Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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