Found! The Perfect Coral Lipstick For YOUR Skin Tone

Dear coral lipstick: we would like to nominate you as the most essential makeup product for summer. Even if you're simply stepping off the beach to head to the bar for happy hour, a swipe of this one super-bright product — and a tiny dab of it on your cheeks, just because — can light up your entire face and make you feel especially summer-ready (bring on the rum punch, are we right?).
The problem? Not all coral lipsticks are created equal, and since this shade is especially vibrant, it can veer on the side of garish if it's not the exact right hue for your skin tone. To help you get that perfect shade of look-at-me orange, we teamed up with Romero Jennings, director of makeup artistry at MAC, to categorize the best coral lippies out there by skin shade and undertone. Grab the one that's right for you and rock it all summer long, you bright young thing, you!
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Light Skin With Warm Undertones

Your best shade of coral is a lighter peach. Says Jennings: "It is important to make sure that the lipstick is not too pink, but has more orange tones than blue."

L'Oréal Colour Riche Colour Caresse in Sunset Angora, $9.99, available at Ulta.
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Light Skin With Cool Undertones

For light skin with cool undertones, "a light, cool-based coral works best," says Jennings.

DuWop Private Lipstick in Coral, $22, available at
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Medium Skin With Warm Undertones

For medium-warm skin, you'll want to make sure that your lippie has a coordinating warmth, as well. "A warm yellow-coral works well with this skin tone," advises Jennings.

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Palm Beach, $26, available at Sephora.
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Medium Skin With Cool Undertones

Medium-cool skin tones can pull off a seriously vibrant coral, says Jennings. "A cool pink-orange would flatter this skin. MAC Vegas Volt, a full-powered coral lipstick, adds a pop of color that will get you noticed, but is still wearable on a day-to-day basis."

MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt, $15, available at Nordstrom.
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Dark Skin With Warm Undertones

Darker skin tones can handle more orange-y shades than fair complexions can. "This skin tone should use a true orange-based coral that will vibrate against the skin, adding dimension to any makeup," says Jennings.

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer in Stoked, $22, available at SpaceNK.
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Dark Skin With Cool Undertones

For deep, cool-toned ladies, "a bright red-orange works perfectly," says Jennings. We love this lippie for its crazy-bright and glossy finish.

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, $19, available at
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