Trend Alert: Champagne Lips for Every Skin Tone

Brilliant brights and dramatic darks aren’t the only ways to light up your lips. Champagne hues (think nudes and taupes with a serious kick) are popping up left and right. The best part about this lip color trend? You can make the gilded shade work on every skin tone. Cheers to that!

For starters…

Since lighter lip colors highlight the skin underneath, it’s important to prep your lips by smoothing away dry flakes or patches with an exfoliator. New York makeup artist Patrice Evangeline suggests coating lips with petroleum jelly, gently scrubbing with a soft toothbrush, and wiping clean with a washcloth.

If your skin tone is LIGHT…

A nude or champagne lip hue has the potential to wash out a fair complexion, says Evangeline. Instead of lipstick, first fill in the entire lip with a nude lip liner. Then top with a shimmery, golden gloss. The combo gives lips a plump, three-dimensional look.

Try: Pixi Beauty Lip & Line in Nectar Nude, followed by Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Lipgloss in Hush or MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl

If your skin tone is MEDIUM…

Blend a dab of your foundation or concealer over your lips to get a clean, blank canvas. Fill in lips with a nude lip liner, and then top it all off with a beige or pinky-beige lipstick. “You can always mix a tiny bit of one of your favorite lighter pink lipsticks into the beige to give it a bit of life,” says Evangeline.

Try: rms beauty™ “un” cover-up concealer, followed by Lipstick Queen Invisible Liner and Naked Princess Lip Shine in Barely Buff or Pixi Beauty Lip Blush in Purity

If your skin tone is OLIVE…

Find a color that complements your yellow undertones—something in the same shade range or a bit lighter, like a peachy-gold. “But don’t go too light, or you risk creating a chalky lip look,” says Evangeline. In a pinch? Dust your lips with a soft gold highlighter for a pretty effect, says New York City makeup artist Lauren Cosenza.

Try: Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Sunkissed or theBalm® cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer

If your skin tone is DARK…

Look for a shade that has bronze or gold in it, which will help warm up the skin, says Evangeline, and steer clear of anything with too much pink, which can look ashy on darker-skinned women. Complete the look with a champagne gloss.

Try: Guerlain Shine Automatique in Altoum, followed by Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Wind or stila lip glaze in kitten

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