How to Choose the Ideal Lipstick Shade for Your Skintone
Like reaching for your go-to sneakers and shades, falling into a makeup routine is pretty standard fare. Whether you opt for the same inky, long-wearing mascara every day or swipe on your favorite tried-and-true blush seven days a week, once we find a product we love, it’s easy to forget there’s more out there — and it can be a bit overwhelming to step outside of your cosmetics comfort zone. Lipstick is extra tricky, though. From countless colors to a ton of different formulas, it can be hard to find your ideal match. That’s where celebrity makeup artists Tracy Murphy and Tarryn Feldman come in.
Murphy and Feldman dished on how easy it can be to land on your perfect lipstick hue based on your skintone and hair color. Spoiler alert: Since you know your hair color and are obviously familiar with your own complexion, you totally got this.
Seven Brit + Co employees — each with varying skin and hair colors — rocked multiple shades from the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Vault ($375), so you can identify which colors look best with your personal vibe and discover new ones you never thought you could pull off. “I like breaking rules in makeup, and lip color is a great way to do that,” Murphy said. “Never before has makeup been so free, so I encourage people to try colors they normally wouldn’t. Blue lipstick is liberating.” Read on to see which shades our pro makeup artists recommend, but don’t be scared to mix things up and try something new.
deep SKIN WITH DARK HAIR
A range of nude colors, including a light sand color and rich brown, looks gorgeous on darker skin with pink undertones, as seen on Natasha, our community manager. But don’t be afraid to rock a super vampy color, either, as the contrast is straight-up stunning.
MEDIUM SKIN WITH LIGHT HAIR
Play with pinks, mauves, and plums if you identify with Lexy, our online class producer. These punchy hues brighten up your complexion and look gorg with fair skin and light hair.
BROWN SKIN WITH DARK HAIR
If you have a warm complexion like our executive creative officer, Anj, your skin pairs well with dusty roses and medium-to-deep browns. Don’t be afraid to play, though — lighter pinks will also look fab on you. “The contrast of a warm pink tone works perfectly if you have brown hair, brown eyes, and fabulous dark brows,” Feldman notes.
FAIR SKIN WITH DARK HAIR
Bring on the reds! If you’re fair-skinned with dark hair and cool undertones like me, rock a range of scarlet shades on your lips. Subtle reds, deep reds, and reds with pink undertones work best on you. From brick red to merlot, you can’t go wrong with a fresh spin on a classic color.
LIGHT SKIN WITH RED HAIR
Have gorgeous red hair and fair skin with pink undertones like our VP of marketing, Cecelia? Play up the scarlet tint in your hair and skin by reaching for a trendy taupe, rich red, or a fun coral shade — you can pull ’em all off. “Red on red is such a gorgeous color combination with Cecelia’s coloring,” Feldman explains. So go for it, ladies.
TAN SKIN WITH DARK HAIR
Salmon, raspberry, and sand hues are your jam and look great on you — and Lolly, our email marketing associate — 24/7. That said, don’t be weary of a deeper shade that adds a bit of unexpected sophistication to your look. “I love darker colors on my clients with warmer complexions,” Feldman told us. “I love a good maroon tone with Lolly’s coloring.”
OLIVE SKIN WITH MEDIUM-DARK HAIR
If you have similar skin to Marianne, our DIY kit designer, swipe on ruby, peach, and honey lipstick shades for guaranteed on-point selfies. Remember that you can always sport a natural style that’s just a couple of shades darker than your real lip color — no need to think twice about that choice.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)