Found: The Best Coral Lipstick For Your Skin Tone

A model with her hair in a high bun wearing a coral lipstick

No disrespect to our tried-and-true statement red lip, but the longer, sun-drenched days of summer have us craving a brighter hue to pucker up in. That’s why we’re crushing hard on coral this season. A true chameleon of a color, coral shades can skew more pink, orange or even red, and figuring out which hue is best for you comes down to your skin tone. To help take the guesswork out of picking the perfect coral lipstick to complement your complexion, we’ve rounded up our favorite coral options to suit every skin tone and undertone. Go ahead and swipe on the must-have shade of summer.


Coral Crush(es)

Fair Skin/Cool Undertones

Opt for a coral shade that skews more pinkish than orange or red, in order to complement your rosy undertones.

Fair Skin/Warm Undertones

Pale skin with warmer undertones can get away with a light coral that’s more orange-based, like this soft peach shade.

Medium Skin/Cool Undertones

A juicy, vivid coral is perfect for medium skin with cooler undertones—it makes a statement without being too overpowering.

Medium Skin/Warm Undertones

To pick up on the golden undertones of medium-warm skin, swipe on a rich pinky-orange shade.

Dark Skin/Cool Undertones

A vibrant red-tinged coral looks especially stunning against darker skin with undertones leaning more pink or blue.

Dark Skin/Warm Undertones

The brighter, the better. A full-on, orange-based hue will be your coral calling card.