Valentine's Day Makeup Guide: What is the Best Lipstick for Your Skin Tone?

Ever found yourself stuck in the lipstick aisle thinking to yourself over and over again, "Which lipstick should I wear for my skin tone?" With a sea of lip tints and lipsticks out in the open, it's hard to make a decision given that there are so many fresh new shades, with different undertones, consistencies, and finishes that will make you scratch your head more. But no worries, here's a run-down of how to choose the best lipsticks based on your skin tone - from fair, olive to dark - so you can wear the pout-fect lips to effortlessly impress your Valentines!


Fair Skin Tone

BLACKPINK Jisoo makeup look rosy lipstick

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Fair skin tone tends to have a brighter complexion with a natural flush to it. You can go for a warm-toned red lipsticks with hints of blue and purple as well as a shiny, high gloss finish to complement your light-bouncing complexion. These kinds of colors not only make your fair skin look brighter but they also make your teeth look whiter.

- Stylevana Hot Pick #1 -

Romand - Glasting Water Tint (Rose Stream)

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Romand - Glasting Water Tint (Rose Stream)

Romand's Glasting Water Tint (Rose Stream) has a dreamy, glossy appeal that is as regal and eye-catching as can be. Complement your fair skin tone with this Romand coral-pink shade that is equipped with a high-shine, rich-hue sparkly finish, giving you a kissable, sumptuous uplift for your entire Valentine's Day makeup look. Not to mention the classy veneer that will make your fair skin tone more radiant and illuminating. Match this glossy lip candy with a coral-toned blush and eyeshadow to achieve a the perfect Valentine's Day makeup look.

- Stylevana Hot Pick #2 -

3CE - Velvet Lip Tint (Daffodil)

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3CE - Velvet Lip Tint (Daffodil)

3CE's Velvet Lip Tint (Daffodil) is one of the best Korean lip tints we have been recommending since forever. This highly coveted lip tint shade is designed by 3CE as an oil-packed lip product, featuring a sherbet-like texture that gently melts on the lips for a natural, smudge-proof tinge with a matte finish. Super chic and easy to blend with excellent color playoff and swoon-worthy pigments that will make your lips extra kissable for the smooching season.

- Stylevana Hot Pick #3 -

peripera - Ink Airy Velvet Tint (Genius Rosy Pink)

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peripera - Ink Airy Velvet Tint (Genius Rosy Pink)

There's no doubt that peripera's Ink Airy Velvet Tint (Genius Rosy Pink) is a favorite among our Beauty Team because of its unique blend of purple-ish rose pink shade, which is what makes it look so appealing and alluring on fair skin toned beauties like you. The velvety-smooth lip tint, all enriched with mango oil and green tea seed oil to nourish and contour your lips, has a super-hydrating, mask-proof finish so you don't have to worry about the awkward stain on your mask when you're on a romantic night out with your Valentine.


Olive Skin Tone

Zendaya makeup look nude lipstick

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Olive skin tone beauties like Zendaya are blessed with the opportunities to try a versatile range of lipsticks colors, but we're partial to say that a natural nude lip will look best on this beautiful skin tone for its chic allure. Think nude lipstick with a coral-warm undertone to complement your honey-brown to olive complexion.

- Stylevana Hot Pick #4 -

Romand - Zero Matte Lipstick (Shell Nude)

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Romand - Zero Matte Lipstick (Shell Nude)

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to flaunt your sweet olive skin tone and make it extra illuminating with Romand's Zero Matte Lipstick (Shell Nude). This nude matte lipstick lends a subtle hint of coral that makes your Valentine's Day makeup look more natural. If you're going for a more sophisticated look and want to play up the pink-y tone, wear this Romand lipstick with a touch of bronzer to warm up your olive complexion and you're good to go!

- Stylevana Hot Pick #5 -

MEMEBOX - PONY EFFECT Stayfit Matte Lip Color (Stop Staring)

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MEMEBOX - PONY EFFECT Stayfit Matte Lip Color (Stop Staring)

There's always a friend who is uber-cool and makes all the power moves - and MEMEBOX's PONY EFFECT Stayfit Matte Lip Color is that friend in the bunch. This shade Stop Staring is such an arresting hue that will, ironically, beg people to stare. It offers a muted yet alluring cool-tone to uplift your olive skin tone, which explains why it is also one of the most popular matte lippies of all time, thanks to its subtle warmth that will look the most flattering on olive skin tone.

- Stylevana Hot Pick #6 -

moonshot - Stick Extreme (Take Off)

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moonshot - Stick Extreme (Take Off)

Going for an effortless soft glam look to impress your beau? moonshot's Stick Extreme (Take Off) has a hint of orange-ish undertone to make your olive skin tone look extra bright and healthy. Just softly blush your lips with its watercolor-like pigmentation rendered in a matte blur finish to create a softened, delicate allure. Thanks to the embossing powder-infused formula, this moonshot lipstick helps cover fine lines and wrinkles on your lips so naturally. It also features murumuru seed butter which helps protect and nourish your kissable lips with rich moisture to make it more full and plump throughout your romantic date on Valentine's Day.


Dark Skin Tone

Lupita Nyong'o makeup look red lipstick

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For darker complexions, it's important to choose colors that pop against dark skin instead of making it look gray and ashy. Seek out shades that are highly pigmented, which will stand out against dark skin, and avoid anything chalky or overly pastel. Think bold, rich, and vibrant lipsticks colors that make your lips shine.

- Stylevana Hot Pick #7 -

MACQUEEN - Air Deep Kiss Lipstick (Pink Red)

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MACQUEEN - Air Deep Kiss Lipstick (Pink Red)

MACQUEEN's Air Deep Kiss Lipstick (Pink Red) scores major points in the lip-popping department, which means it's the perfect shade to wear if you want your lips to stand out against your dark complexion. The powerful red is as audacious and fiery as you can expect in a MACQUEEN lipstick, which is known for its high-impact pigment and smooth matte finish with a dreamy blurred effect.

- Stylevana Hot Pick #8 -

Etude House - Dear Darling Water Gel Tint (Real Red)

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Etude House - Dear Darling Water Gel Tint (Real Red)

Think intense pigmentation and great color payoff, you'll get Etude House's Dear Darling Water Gel Tint. The shade Real Red fully expresses sweet lips with deep, rich colors which gives dark-skinned beauties like you a vivid uplift. Not to mention the highly moisturizing pomegranate + grapefruit extract that will keep your lips hydrated throughout the day.

- Stylevana Hot Pick #9 -

MISSHA - Dare Lip Tint Moist Velvet (Salsa)

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MISSHA - Dare Lip Tint Moist Velvet (Salsa)

We've never seen this lipstick look bad on anyone, but it's especially stunning on melanated complexion. MISSHA's Dare Lip Tint Moist Velvet (Salsa) is a liquid-to-velvet, moist-matte, longer-lasting lip tint that features UHD colors with smooth velvety finish. Mask or no, you're going to want to take this lippie out for a romantic spin with a vintage glamour makeup look to impress your Valentine.


Lipsticks with major staying power? We love it. But lipsticks that complement our skin tone and make it pop? Even better. Explore more gorgeous shades from our wide range of lip tints and lipsticks from our most-favorite K-Beauty brands to look your best and brightest on Valentine's Day!