The Best Lip Shades for Every Hair Color

Just one stroll through any makeup aisle can leave you totally stumped on what lip color to choose. There are so many options, so how on Earth are you supposed to sleuth out the perfect shade?

Finding the right lip shade is all about playing off your hair color, so we've picked the prettiest pairs so that you can snag a lipstick that's sure to flatter. Keep reading below to see which shade complements your mane most:

Dark Brown Hair + Fuchsia Lips

If you're looking for an utterly striking combination, dark brown-haired babes need to invest in a strong fuchsia lip. There's something so striking about this color combo and it's a surefire way to always turn heads. Laura Mercier's It Girl is a favorite.

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Chestnut Brown Hair and Coral Lip

For the prettiest peachy pop, reach for a soft coral lip. Chestnut brown hair has a gorgeous warm undertone, which is enhanced so beautifully with coral shades. We suggest NYX's Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp.

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Light Brown Hair + Light Pink Lips

For that light brown-meets-dark-blonde mane, reach for a pretty pink pout. These cooler tones play so nicely together and are perfect for achieving that girl next door look you're known for. A good go-to is Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fussy.

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Black Hair + Mauve Lips

If you've got raven-colored hair, mauve lipstick is your secret weapon. It's perfect for adding a light, romantic feel to your beauty look and is really soft and flattering. Bobbi Brown makes a gorgeous lipstick in pale mauve.

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Platinum Blonde Hair + Red Lips

Just like salt and pepper and ketchup and mustard, there's no better pair than platinum hair and a red lip. A favorite of icons including Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera, this winning combo is a no-fail look. But be mindful of your skin tone when choosing your red shade. Blue and red undertones look best with reds in the same family, and warm undertones are most flattered by reds with more orange and warmth. Is there any better red than Nars Audacious Lipstick in Shirley?

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Golden Blonde Hair + Blushy Nude Lips

Jury is still out on whether blondes really do have more fun, but they have ruled that golden blonde gals definitely look best with blushy nude lips. Blonde is such a look-at-me color that a subtle lip is all you really need. Charlotte Tilbury makes one of the most sought-after blushy nudes called Pillow Talk.

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Copper Hair + Berry Pink Lips

Copper-haired girls tend to be on the fair side, with gorgeous warm ginger hair tones. Believe it or not, this hair color and skin combo can pull off a wide variety of lip shades, but berry pinks tend to be the most flattering. Since you have a lot going on with your hair color, it's nice to complement it with a soft berry pink. Try Morphe's Liquid Lip in Jealousy.

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Strawberry Blonde Hair + Brick Red Lips

Strawberry blondes can't go wrong with a monochromatic look. There's something so strikingly beautiful about a strawberry blonde with a brick red lip. The key here is to match the tones, so make sure to choose a red on the warmer side. This NYX Suede Matte lippie is a stunner.

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Still having trouble figuring out your perfect shade? Then you need to check out Lipp Beauty, a cruelty-free brand that specializes in matching lipsticks to their customers' hair color and skin tone. Take their test and see what suits you best!


Speaking of hair color, click HERE to read what Katy Perry's colorist told us about achieving her vibrant hues!