The most flattering lipstick colours for fair skin


Pale girls have it rough when it comes to finding a lipstick for fair skin. I know enough women with alabaster, fair and lily-white complexions to know how hard it can be to find lipstick shades. The sun is your absolute worst enemy, a foundation is only is as good as its ability to conceal your freckles (PS: please don’t feel like you need to cover those. They’re cute and they’re you, so let ‘em shine), and there are some colours of clothing and makeup that will just never, ever, EVER look good on you.

And that whole colour thing sometimes means that you shy away from pigmented lipsticks because they are just way too scary and bold. But you don’t have to, you just need to find the best lipstick colours that’ll flatter your complexion and work with your features.

We’ve rounded up the most flattering lipstick for fair skin, so you can wear colour without a care in the world! Here are nine lipstick shades that look amazing on pale girls.

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If you want a lipstick that you can wear to work, to lunch, or even to the shops without feeling like you’re making too much of a statement, try something light, natural, and subtle – just make sure your lipstick isn’t an exact match of your skin tone.

Light browns and nudes can work well if you’ve got a bit of a darker eye look going on, while a neutral that’s a hint darker could work well with any makeup look. When in doubt, you can always look for a lip colour that’s about one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour.

bh loves: Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Beige, Avon True 24K Gold Lipstick in 24K French Rose, Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color in Born With It


If you want to add a bit more colour into your makeup look but don’t want to look too OTT, pinks, corals and peaches are a great option.

A matte, light pink lipstick will give your pout a hint of colour while still complementing your skin tone. If you’re on vacation and get a hint of tan, a Barbie-pink lipstick works well against a slightly bronzed complexion. If you want to go for lipstick that’s more coral, why not? Pair it with a slight coral flush on your cheeks and you’re golden.

bh loves: Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipsticks in Bad Bad Girl, Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Ringa Ringa Roses, Innoxa Couleurs D’ete Summer Matte Collection in Baby Doll


Fair-skinned ladies don’t have to avoid bright and bold lipsticks like the plague. In fact, they should embrace them, because they can look absolutely glorious against lighter skin.

For a popping finish, try a true red and pair it with lashings of mascara. You could also try a wine or burgundy shade if you’re up for going really bold, and finish it off with a sheer, gold eyeshadow.

And if a statement-making pink is what you’re after, try a bright fuchsia-meets-pink lip colour and add some pink to the apples of your cheeks to finish the look.

bh loves: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Door Red, Revlon ColorBurst™ Lacquer Balm in Whimsical, ulta3 Moisturising Lipstick in Winter Plum

Do you have fair skin? Which lipstick shades are your favourite?

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