Barbie and Bright Pink Lips for Skin of Color

Reader Arielle wrote in asking, “I’m in love with the ‘Barbie’ look, and you did an awesome post on finding your perfect nude lip. Can I get some pointers on finding the right pink for my complexion (think: Kelly Rowland/Gabrielle Union)???? Pretty please?

Hey Arielle! The Barbie pink look is definitely hot and I love it because there’s a pink out there for everybody. I’ll even throw in darker, brighter pinks for good measure, too.

The key to finding makeup that suits your skin is to understand your undertones. If you look at how many makeup brands categorize undertones, you’ll go crazy trying to figure things out. The simplest way to finding your perfect shade is to think of undertones in terms of warm, cool, and neutral.

Warm undertones have yellow or golden look to them. You can tell if you have warm undertones if your skin looks more yellow or golden (of any shade), you look better in gold than silver, your veins have a green tint to them, or your eyes are golden brown, hazel, or green with gold flecks.

Cool undertones have a pink/red or blue look to them. You can tell if you have cool undertones if your skin looks more red or blue (sounds weird, but skin like Alek Wek’s has a blue undertone to it), you look better in silver than gold, your veins have a blue tint to them, or your eyes are dark brown, grey, or blue.

Then of course if your skin doesn’t have obvious warm nor cool undertones and you can rock gold or silver, your undertones are neutral.

This helps to break down picking out makeup shades because if for example you know your undertones are warm, you’ll zoom right in for the warm colored makeup.

The next part of the trick after getting the right undertone is to finding the right shade. Generally the darker your skin, the brighter and deeper you want to go with your color.

Here are a few shade suggestions. Note these are just suggestions to help you find your perfect pink. You can find similar colors in other brands so use these shades as your guide when you’re out shopping. MAC Lipsticks are highlighted since they’re available in most countries and are most likely to have swatches available online (google images or makeupalley.com) so you know what to look for whether you shop the web or a store.

For reference:
Light: Rihanna
Medium: Beyonce
Caramel: Queen Latifah
Dark: Gabrielle Union
Deep: Alek Wek

Choose the shade category that closely matches your skin. Then I have it broken down by undertone.

Warm Barbie Pinks: MAC Angel (good for light to medium toned skin), MAC Hue (good for light to medium toned skin), MAC Please Me (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Faux (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Bombshell (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Creme de la Femme (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Chatterbox (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Hot Gossip (works great on virtually all skin tones)

Cool Barbie Pinks: MAC Bubblegum (works great on virtually all skin tones) , MAC Saint Germain (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Pervette (good for light to medium toned skin), MAC Creme Cup (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Snob (good for light, medium, and caramel skin tones), MAC Speed Dial (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Up the Amp (good for caramel, dark, and deep toned skin), MAC Viva Glam Gaga (works great for virtually all skin tones, but darker skins may want to use a dark lip pencil to make it more wearable)

Warm Bright Pinks: MAC Pink Nouveau (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Pink Poodle (works great on virtually all skin tones)

Cool Bright Pinks: MAC Speak Louder (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Just Add Colour Lipglass (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Impassioned (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Lickable (works great on virtually all skin tones), MAC Girl About Town (works great on virtually all skin tones)

Still need help? Contact me for individual tips :)

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