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Beauty boss: Hue do you think you are? Switch up the shade to suit any occasion

© Shutterstock / Roman SamborskyiLipstick shades to suit every event
Lipstick shades to suit every event

You never really know how good a lipstick is until you try it. Not only are there so many colours, finishes and formulas to choose from, but it can be tricky to find a lipstick that perfectly complements your skin tone.

However, there are some universally flattering shades that look good on everyone. Makeup artist Saffron Hughes from outlines the universally flattering lipstick shades – from everyday neutral colours to bolder and brighter looks.


Plum is easily buildable for a bolder makeup look. It’s associated with a gothic look, but it can be used for everyday wear too if it is more of a sheer shade. Deeper versions of plum also look great on all skin types.


Fuchsia is a power shade, perfect for bold makeup looks but much easier to wear than hot pink. For fair skin, choose the brightest shade you can find with blue or pink undertones- this will also make your teeth look super white! For olive and dark skin, any shade will look good.


Coral, by its very nature, is more forgiving than other shades and a must have in everyone’s makeup bag. It can be worn as a neutral or a bold, vibrant shade.

Saffron Hughes


Brown can be an attractive lipstick colour, perfect for everyday wear. In fact, brown lipstick was the ruling trend in the ’90s making a comeback as a universally flattering, earth toned shade.

For fair skin choose a taupe-like tone, olive skin tones will best suit brown reds like terracotta but can also experiment with the vampy dark browns too. Dark skin tones best suit coffee browns or caramels for everyday wear.


Mauve lipstick provides a subtle pop of colour and work brilliantly when paired with a smoky eye and lots of eyeliner. “Consider your skins undertone when looking for the perfect mauve shade as cooler undertones should opt for bluish mauves, whereas warmer undertones will suit taupe or purple mauves.


If you dare to be different, a beautiful black lipstick can complement any complexion with ease. Like black clothing, black lipstick is universally flattering and can look stunningly striking on everyone.”


Last but certainly not least, a true classic red. The more you wear red lipstick, the more you will notice the tiny shade differences making each colour truly unique. Red is renown to be universally flattering on all skin tones. You can really elevate a red lip by wearing a clear gloss over it, or you can mattify it by dusting a little translucent powder over a tissue that covers your lips, before removing the tissue.