Skin Tones That Look Good With Mauve Lipstick

Kate Bosworth makes a mauve statement at the UK premier of "Superman Returns."

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No respectable fashionista would dare step out of the house without a perfectly painted pout, but picking the right color isn’t so easy. To simplify your struggle, pick up a tube or two of mauve lipstick. Mauve is an ideal pairing for any skin tone, so make it your go-to hue and wow the world with this vibrant, feminine color.

Mauve Madness

Mauve lipstick is a little more complicated than your standard fire-engine red. This versatile moniker actually encompasses a wide range of shades from light nude to deep raspberry. Most mauves include hints of brown, tan and a little bit of purple for a unique shade that looks a little different on every diva. Mauve can be a little difficult to identify, but the slight hint of lavender in most shades is a dead giveaway.

Light Skin

Fair-skinned fashionistas should stick with paler mauve shades to prevent an unwanted gothic vibe. Voted the Best Gloss 2011 by “InStyle” magazine, Giggle by Chanel’s Glossimer line is a faintly purple gloss that smooths and shines even the palest of puckers. Vincent Longo’s Nolita lipstick is another smashing choice for fair skin, adding just enough color to accentuate your lips without making you look even paler than normal.

Medium Skin

Ladies with more melanin can rock darker mauves without looking washed out. For a fabulously feminine look, pair a darker mauve lipstick to infuse your style with rich pigments to highlight your kissable lips. Creamy Nude by Essence is a deep pink natural that picks up on the golden hues of tanned skin, leaving your lips sexy and shiny. If you’re unsure if a shade is too light or too dark, swipe it over the skin on top of your hand; if the color looks good on your hand, it will look smashing on your lips.

Dark Skin

Those on the darker end of the skin spectrum look spectacular in deep mauve shades. Lipsticks with deep brown hues or rich purple tones compliment even the deepest complexions. Twilight Nude Long Lasting Lipstick from Clinique is the perfect pairing for dark divas, giving the lips a deep mauve hue with slight hints of silvery sparkle. For extra staying power, gently pencil in the lips with a matching liner before covering with a layer of lipstick.

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