If there’s one thing King Kylie has conquered, it’s the art of the Snapchat selfie. Oh, and she seems to know a thing or two about lipstick, too. We’ve been following the youngest Jenner’s impressive ascent in the beauty sphere since the launch of her cosmetics company, which now sells 15 shades of lippies (and counting), ranging from a warm red to a glittery, matte espresso and a baby-pink gloss.
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Our only qualm about the Kits is their relative inaccessibility — they’re near impossible to snag (although we’ve mapped out some dupes, here) and only available online. That makes it pretty hard to test out the colors Sephora-style before committing.
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But don’t fret — we’ve got your back. We enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artists Elisa Flowers and Molly Stern to break down the best shades for a variety of skin tones. Scroll through to discover which hue best suits you. Then, when your color is back in stock, you’ll be ready to pounce like a momager on a press opportunity.
Pale To Fair
This ballet pink is the lightest of the collection’s three glosses. “Pale-pink lip gloss gives a modern edge to fair skin tones,” Flowers tells us. “It enhances light skin without draining its color.” This version also has a grayish base, making it soft, not cheesy.
Kylie Cosmetics Lip Gloss in So Cute, $15, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
Named after Kylie’s maternal grandma, this shade is “a timeless, matte, blue-based red that flatters all cool skin tones,” says Flowers. Pale and fair-skinned gals often have cool undertones, making this a slam dunk.
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To tell whether you’re cool- or warm-toned, look at the veins on your wrist. If they’re green, you’re warm-toned. If they’re blue, you’re cool-toned.
Kylie Cosmetics Lipstick in Mary Jo K, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
“This matte, mauve nude lipstick is a perfect pastel for fair skin,” says Flowers. Mauve has a touch of blue, too, which means it really sings against cool complexions.
Kylie Cosmetics Lipstick in Koko K, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
This peachy, rose-gold metallic is the lightest of Kylie’s new Metal Matte line. Flowers says it’s perfect for paler ladies because it enhances fairer tones subtly, while adding a "luminous, blushing shimmer.” Because straight-up gold can look yellowy on pale skin, the warmth in this is balancing.
Kylie Cosmetics Metallic Lipstick in Heir, $18, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
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Fair To Medium
This shade’s rosy finish leans purple, which lends a subtle pop of color against both fair and medium skin, Flowers tells us. It highlights your cheeks’ natural flush, without washing you out. On paler complexions, it will look bolder; for medium complexions, it has a more neutral finish.
Kylie Cosmetics Lipstick in Posie K, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
This warm red is a “matte, vibrant orange that flatters most skin tones,” says Flowers. It’s especially great for those with fair or slightly tanned skin who have warm undertones. Oh, and it looks great with a golden tan.
Kylie Cosmetics Lipstick in 22, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
This is the second darkest shade in Kylie’s gloss range, and it lends tons of depth. “It’s a wonderful neutral for fair to medium skin tones,” Flowers says. “The glossy formula is a balance of cool pink and warm beige that doesn’t overwhelm.” It has a touch of brown, too, but not enough to remind you of Rachel Green in the ‘90s.
Kylie Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Literally, $15, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
“This gold, metallic lipstick is a wonderful, summery neutral that complements fair to medium skin tones,” says Flowers. It’s also great with a tan and a margarita (or so we hear).
Kylie Cosmetics Metallic Lipstick in King K, $18, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
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Medium To Dark
Kylie named this luxe plum after her half-sister Kourtney. Flowers notes that people with darker skin can pull off the rich, matte finish beautifully.
Kylie Cosmetics Lipstick in Kourt K, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
Acclaimed as Kylie’s favorite shade, this product is a “soft, brownish-pink liquid lipstick, and a flattering nude for medium to dark, golden skin tones,” Flowers tells us. It’s ideal for medium and dark skin tones because of its near-perfect balance of pink and brown.
Kylie Cosmetics Lipstick in Candy K, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
The ‘90s are back in the very best way with this rich espresso shade. “Medium to dark skin tones look amazing in gold-based browns,” Flowers says. (It’s that hint of yellow that keeps the brown from feeling muddy.) Warm undertones sync up beautifully with the warm hues.
Kylie Cosmetics Lipstick in True Brown K, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
This shade is great for deep skin because of its one-two punch of mauve and brown. The mauve pops, while the intense brown pairs perfectly with dark tones.
Kylie Cosmetics Lipstick in Dolce K, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
The darkest of the glosses, this gorgeous cocoa is “a wonderful natural color for deeper skin tones,” Flowers says. “It flatters without looking chalky.”
Kylie Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Like, $15, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
This coppery, metallic lippie — the darkest of the Metal Matte collection — has notes of rose and wine, both of which are “stunning, yet subtle on dark skin tones,” says Flowers. What hot pink does on pale complexions, this terra-cotta shimmer can do against deeper ones.
Kylie Cosmetics Metallic Lipstick in Reign, $18, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
By: Michaela Rollings