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The Best Lip Shades For Your Hair Color

Searching for the perfect gloss or lipstick shade? In my Carmindy app for the iPhone and iPad, I make it easy for women to choose the best universal lip shades for their hair color. Don’t have an i-product of your own? Here’s my quick list of gloss and lipstick shades that will always work with your unique hue.

Brown Hair

Lip color for brown hair

Kat Dennings
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Brunettes look super sexy (but natural!) when they swipe on Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Radiant ($18, sephora.com). For a special occasion, try a red like CoverGirl  Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot 305 ($6, target.com).

Blonde Hair

Lip color for blonde hair

Emma Stone
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For blondes, always go for shades of pink on the lips. The best universal lip gloss for flaxen-haired maidens is Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Moisture Gloss in Playful Pink ($9.95, drugstore.com). It looks incredible against light hair, no matter how fair or deep your skin tone is. A bright and super bold lipstick for all blondes is Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Schiap ($24, narscosmetics.com). This gorgeous statement color is not for the faint of heart — so rock it at night just to be safe.

Red Hair

Lip color for red hair

Christina Hendricks
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If you’re a redhead, the best gloss hue for you is Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss in Stylish ($6.99, drugstore.com). For a fun evening out, sweep on a deeper color like Clinique High Impact Lip Color in Go Fig ($15, sephora.com), which looks luxurious on auburn-haired ladies.

Black Hair

Lip color for black hair

Rihanna
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Raven-haired lovelies can apply a gloss like Nars Lip Gloss in Super Orgasm ($24, narscosmetics.com), a peachy pink. Or try a more opaque lipstick like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolor in Unending Kiss ($9.99, lorealparisusa.com).

Gray Hair

Lip color for gray hair

Helen Mirren
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Gray haired women always look amazing in rose and mauve tones, so try sweeping on Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Moisture Gloss in Blossom ($9.95 at drugstore.com) or a lipstick like L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Saucy Mauve ($8.95 at lorealparisusa.com).

What are your go-to lip color shades?