How to Pair Your Lip Color with Your Dress

It took me forever to figure out my signature lipstick look — bold red lip every day, baby! Now, I’m at the completely different level as I’m trying to figure out how to pair my lip color with the dress I’m wearing. It takes time, guys! But it’s so worth it. Because once you find your perfect lipstick and dress combo, both your makeup and outfit will dramatically benefit from it. Scroll down to learn about all the matches I recently found!

Black Dress + Orange Lipstick

Combined with your favorite LBD, orangy red lipstick looks trendy and refreshing. Especially, if the bold lip is the only statement color you use in your ensemble. I used to think that burgundy and black look the best together, but such a duo could look quite aggressive. These days my favorite way to wear black is in combo with orange. It’s classy, it’s refreshing, and it’s so chic!

Black Dresses to Consider: Susana Monaco Mini Dress // Opening Ceremony T-Shirt Dress // Lioness Mini Ruffle Dress // For Love and Lemons Ruffle Dress

Red Lipsticks to Try: Tom Ford Lip Color in 09 True Coral, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 17 Rose Dahlia, Too Faced La Creme in Coral Fire, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Walk of Fame, Lancome Matte Shaker in Magic Orange.

White Dress + Red Lipstick

Let me clarify here: we are not talking about a bride’s dress. But your typical white cocktail dress, mini white dress, or lace white dress — whichever you prefer. I personally love pairing mine with a bold red lipstick like Il Makiage Infinity Matte Geisha or Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in Lady Balls. Such color combo creates a feminine yet fierce look that is so perfect for the warm season. Since the majority of people are wearing white dresses for all sorts of outdoor activities, I prefer wearing a liquid lipstick. It stays on regardless of the temperature and drinks you have, and it will not stain your dress while you are taking it off. Such a win-win, right?

White Dresses to Consider: Sea Lace Midi Dress // For Love & Lemons Lace Dress // The Line-Up Mini Dress // 6 Shore Road Dress // Black Halo Sneath Dress

Red Lipsticks to Try: Il Makiage Infinity Lip Cream in 406 Matte Geisha, Too Faced Melted Matte in Lady Balls, Estee Lauder Pure Color in 300 Hot Streak, YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Straw in 12, Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color in Marigold.

Red Dress + Burgundy Lipstick

Too much of one color in your look is rarely a good idea. Especially, if you are pairing a red dress with a red lipstick. I feel that you have to have a certain look (tanned skin, neutral hair color, and dark eyes) to pull it off. With my complexion, too much red is not a good look. Saying so, I found the lipstick color that seems to work great in a combo with a red dress. It’s a dark burgundy shade that still remains in the red lipsticks category, but brings a much-needed contrast to the look.

Red Dresses to Consider: Capulet Nia Maxi Dress // Michelle Mason Belted Dress Jacket // Kenzo Lacehole Dress // Self Portrait Red Lace Midi Dress // Cinq a Sept Adrie Dress

Burgundy Lipsticks to Try: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry, Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in 53 Oxblood, Revlon Ulta Matte LipColor in 610 HD Addiction, Lipstick Queen in Medieval, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Rubino.

Pink Dress + Pink Lipstick

It takes a lot of research and investigation to find the shade of pink that perfectly matches your pink dress. But once you’ve done it, such combo looks absolutely fabulous. I started wearing pink outfits just a few years ago and I somewhat mastered the art of finding the perfect shade of pink. The trick is to pick a lighter shade of pink that you think you’d need and make it darker with the help of red and orange lipsticks. It’s like mixing your own lipstick for every pink dress that you own!

Pink Dresses to Consider: alice + olivia Coley Dress // Susana Monaco Strapless Dress // Self Portrait Tiered Lace Mini Dress // La Maison Talulah Golda Ruffle Mini Dress // alice + olivia Serina Dress

Pink Lipsticks to Try: Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in 317 Pourquoi Pas, Jane Iredale Lipstick in Natalie, Mac Cosmetics Girl About Town, Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Spring Lilac, Clinique Pop in 26 Palm Mod Pop.

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There you have it: my suggestions on how to pair your dress with the color of your lipstick. Now, when you know my strategy, feel free to check out the list of my all-time favorite red lipsticks, affordable nude lipstick collection, and new lipstick launches I’m obsessed with. I wonder what is your approach for picking the right lipstick shade to match your dress? Let’s discuss in the comments!


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