How To Choose Your Perfect Pink Lipstick


The perfect pink lipstick. Is it out there? How do you find it? Is pink even your color? The answer to all these questions is ‘yes, absolutely!’ However, it’s going to take a tiny bit of work to find it but not too much, I promise. I’m not a fan of work.

So You Want The Perfect Pink Lippy?

First, we must answer a few quick questions to determine your idea of the perfect pink:

  1. Are you looking to make a soft, subtle statement or do you want your lips to enter the room five seconds before you do?
  2. What’s your skin tone?
  3. Do you prefer a creamy or matte finish?
  4. Can you color within the lines or do you need supervision?


Patranila is wearing Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Mesmerizing Magenta #680

Your Perfect Shade of Pink Lipstick

Let’s start with the most important aspect, skin tone. Here’s a quick cheat sheet for finding the perfect pink lippy.

Deep Skin Tones – look for bright, bold pinks in the fuchsia family to make a statement or choose more muted shades with purple tones. Leave the neutral pinks to your lighter-hued sistren. Try: Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick in Rose Manderine

Medium Skin Tones –  look for deep pinks with hints of caramel or brown or go for juicy watermelon shades to brighten your smile. Stay away from shades with blue undertones. You’ll look weird. Try: NARS Lipstick in Funny Face

Fair/Light Skin Tones – peachy pink shades are winners for you. Also go for shades with lilac or rose tints. Try: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in Rebel Rose

YSL-Rouge-Pur-Couture-in-Fuchsia. Gorgeous and girly!

Patranila is wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Fuchsia #19

Matte or Creamy?

There are a couple of things to consider when choosing a finish. Do you want color that lasts a long time and can you color within the lines? There are trade-offs involved. Most matte lip colors are designed to last all day however, they require a bit of skill for a perfect application. Because matte shades tend to stay where you put them, they are less forgiving of application errors and they highlight any dryness or cracks on your lip surface. If mattes are your choice, you’d be wise to invest in a lip scrub or two especially during dry winter months. Also, drink more water.

Creamy, moisture-rich formulas are easier to work with all around. Mistakes are easily wiped away with your finger and a mirror is not a must-have for application. Drawbacks? They don’t last as long as matte finishes but industry strides are being made to combine staying power and moisturizing benefits. So hope springs eternal!

Have you found your perfect pink lipstick? Do tell darling!


How to choose the perfect pink lipstick for your skin tone.


Patranila is an actress, singer-songwriter, and beauty and lifestyle influencer in NYC. She is the creator of The 5-Day Mini Beauty Boot Camp, a fun and inspiring beauty challenge designed to help you refresh and recharge.

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    • Patranila
      15 February 2017 / 3:59 PM

      That IS a pretty one!

  1. 15 February 2017 / 10:03 AM

    Great post! Since I’ve dyed my hair red from blonde I have given up on lipsticks. It’s so hard not to clash! This post inspired me to get back into wearing lipsticks again!

    • Patranila
      15 February 2017 / 4:02 PM

      Wow, red hair is a tough one because there are so many shades of red that you need to complement in addition to complementing your skin tone. Whew!

  2. 15 February 2017 / 12:06 PM

    Thank you for sharing this great tips! I always struggle with finding the right shade of lipstick. I am terrified of looking like a…. lady of the night? 🙂 I will try out the shades you suggested!

    • Patranila
      15 February 2017 / 4:01 PM

      Ha! I know what you mean Wren. Some pinks I (mistakenly) purchased only get worn around the house for that very reason.

  3. 16 February 2017 / 10:57 AM

    I’m all about pink lip shades, they’re what I always gravitate towards. I do go for glosses more than lipsticks so the colours aren’t usually as in-your-face as lipsticks, but I love me a pink lippie! 🙂

    • Patranila
      17 February 2017 / 7:30 PM

      I’m more of a gloss girl too Chantal, but lately I’ve been going with more lipsticks. Not sure why, but they’re working. 😉

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