The Best Lipstick Shades for Tanned Skin

The right lipstick shade is the ultimate accessory for your sexy smackers.

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Healthy, tan skin is a great canvas to experiment with different lip colors and consistencies. Once you find the right shades for your skin tone, lipstick can be a fun way to play up your pout, depending on the occasion or your mood. One tip to keep in mind: Tanned skin has warm, natural undertones with hints of yellow and olive. Translation: Lipsticks that have green, yellow or orange undertones are ideal shades for your skin color. After some trial and error, you'll no doubt find a shade that's in harmony with your skin tone and your pillowy, puckered pout.


Coral is a fun shade to funk up your pout and complement a tan. A creme or sheer coral shade is an ideal daytime look, while a matte coral has the staying power to transition into night. Just make sure to buff lips with an exfoliating sponge or wash cloth to remove any dry flakes, which will help to achieve an even application.


Daring, dark-pink pigments, such as fuschia or magenta, really pop against a bronzed bod, evoking fierce femininity. Just remember to keep the rest of your makeup palette neutral so your pretty, pink pout can take center stage.


For a just peachy pout that doesn't look like you smooched an oompa loompa, outline the contours of your lips with a flesh-colored lip pencil. This will ensure your lip color does not run or bleed. Feeling a little friskier? Swipe on a citrusy orange shade. The key to keeping it neat and long-lasting is to first apply a base. Blot a moisturizing concealer a shade or two lighter than your natural lip color to guarantee a look that is more oomph and less Oompa-Loompa.


If you have the guts to rock it, a berry shade with purple or red undertones complements a gorgeous glow for a look that is stylish and sophisticated. Because the pigment is so dark, blunders are more common and harder to fix so preparation is key. To avoid any mishaps, outline lips with a lip pencil the same shade as your lipstick. Then release your inner ten-year old and color inside the lines. When you're finished, you'll no doubt look the part of a confident, chic chick.


The earthy tones in terracotta add subtle texture and dimension to lips without being the focal point of your look. Condition those lovely lips with a moisturizing balm before application to ensure a smooth, flawless finish.


If you like to play safe in the makeup playground, try a nude shade with a hint of shimmer. A popular trend on the runway, the neutral color allows you to experiment with color in other areas. The subtle shimmer adds depth and assures that your kisser doesn't hold court as wallflower while more prominent features shine. An added bonus: Your barely there color is smooch-friendly.

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