Lipstick tips: picking the right shade


Lips are one of the last areas where you apply make-up because it is the last feature that can make or break your overall look – especially if you’re going for a soft, natural effect. Stylist Jennifer Carlson gives us some lipstick tips and takes us through the do’s and don’ts.


Pink, peach, nude and soft browns suit soft/neutral looks. However, you need to be wary of your skin tone, especially when it comes to red lipstick.

Here is a list of some colours that suit… 

Pale skin tones – peachy nude-coloured glosses. Red lipstick is your bold colour for a night out. Also be wary of dark chocolate and burgundy tones.

Light skin tones – flesh tones and bronze. Try to avoid purple.

Olive skin tones – peach, but also be wary of purple.

Dark skin tones – coral is an excellent bold colour. As for other colours, choose one that suits your mood.

Lip liner 

Your lip liner doesn’t have to match the lipstick and you don’t need to have that line to begin with.

“What you do is get a cotton bud and you smudge the lip liner. It just needs to match your lip colour,” Jennifer says.

Rule for eyes and lips

The general rule is to have a contrast. Stronger eye make-up requires a softer-coloured lip, but for darker lips go for soft eye make-up.

Balance Team

This article was written by the brains trust of Balance . We are a talented team of writers and contributors with real life experience and a passion for finding balance.


  1. Sue

    November 7, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Hi, Can you help please. I have been trying to find a video with Deborah discussing the best coloured red lipstick. It was in the last 3 months or so but I can’t find it. Thanks.
    Cheers, Sue.

  2. Sue

    November 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you Megan,
    Yes that was the one. I can happily now go and buy my Jungle Red lipstick.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *