A bold red lip may be a classic look, but not everyone can pull it off with finesse like Gwen Stefani or Taylor Swift. Any woman can relate to this struggle of finding that perfect shade of crimson to flatter her skin. Pick the wrong shade and you may wind up looking awkward or worse — washed out.  For Asian women especially, finding the right hue that will accentuate our dark hair and eyes, as well as illuminate our complexion, can feel like a tedious process of trial and error.

This problem isn’t just confined to red lipstick alone. Choosing the right type of pink, purple or brown, can be an equally daunting process. And sometimes, to save ourselves the hassle, it’s just easier to stick to the same old tubes that we’ve already tried and tested.

Fortunately, some of our favourite beauty brands have come up with specific lipstick recommendations to take the guesswork out of getting the right colour for Asian skin. From a deep red hue that’ll complement most Asian skin tones, to softer pinks and peaches for those who favour subtler colours, we’ve put together a list of 5 lipstick shades you should try. These new shades not only work well with warm undertones, but also make the lips truly pop for those with naturally fair complexions.

1
Purple Haze

Purple haze: Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Bright Berry Joy

Ideal for those with cool skin tones, purple is a stylish and versatile shade that can be worn all year round. See how your lips stand out when you try this lustrous purple lippie, and pair it with blue, pink, or purple outfits.

www.lauramercier.com

(Photo: Laura Mercier)

2
Orange Accents

Orange accents: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine’s soft smokey coral in Corail Intuitive 

A must-have for Asian women with fair skin, this peachy shade is great for all occasions — whether you’re heading to the office, going on a night out with the ladies, or hanging out with friends over a leisurely weekend brunch.

www.yslbeauty.co.uk

(Photo: Yves Saint Laurent)

3
Red Hot

Red hot: Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant sheer lipstick in Pink Cranberry

Deep red is easily one of the best shades for Asian women with fair skin. Match this sexy crimson shade with a smokey eye look for a sultry vibe, or scale back on the eye makeup and let your lips do the talking.

www.clarins.com.my

(Photo: Clarins)

4
Pale Pink

Pretty in pink: Stila Glitterati Lip Top Coat in transparent pink

Feeling like wearing minimal make-up? Try this pale pink shade, which is so appropriate for the summer, and helps you nail that “no-makeup makeup” look. You can also layer it over your usual go-to nude hue.

www.stilacosmetics.com

(Photo: stila Cosmetics)

5
Poppy Pink

Coral island: Too Faced La Matte Color Drenched Matte Lipstick in Bachelorette

Perhaps the most feminine shade to wear this season, a pop of coral-pink best suits light to medium skin tones. Try this lovely matte lippie from Too Faced, which is long-lasting with an opaque colour payoff.

www.toofaced.com

(Photo: Too Faced)