The Best Spring Lipstick For Your Face

Ask a red-lipstick lover what her greatest beauty fear is and chances are she'll respond, "Pastel lipstick." After all, when you're used to a bold lip, the idea of a lighter option can be quite terrifying. But, instead of sacrificing impact, the latest pack of pastels actually maintains the statement-making quality we've come to love from our crimson favorites.

The secret to making a pale shade pop? The lipstick should be matte with a lot of white in it. The white will make it opaque enough to deliver the ultimate color payoff, and the texture allows for more even application.

To really bring maximum impact, though, be sure to choose a hue that complements your complexion. Fortunately, there's a whole host of spring-ready pastels perfect for every skin tone, from light pink to tangerine to lilac. But, rather than just tell you which one is best for you, we thought we'd show you, using our staffers as models.

Click through to see the shades makeup artist Kim Weber selected for each different, gorgeous face. Then, go forth and find your signature spring lipstick.

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Ruby Yeh, photo intern
"I feel like my skin doesn't look good with pastels, so I gravitate toward darker colors," says Ruby. Weber selected a luminous tangerine lipstick for Ruby, and the pop of color was incredibly flattering. "The matte makes it really stand out," says Weber.

NARS Final Cut Satin Lip Pencil In Torres Del Pain, $25.00 Buy
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Samantha Baker, assistant to the chief revenue officer
For a superlight pink that's as pretty as a petal, this lippie is just the ticket. "It's a yellow-based pink rather than a blue-based one, so it works well with her skin's yellow undertones," says Weber. While Samantha isn't really a lipstick wearer at all, she was shocked to find that she really liked this shade. "I would definitely wear this!" she exclaimed. Mission accomplished.
Topshop Lips in Pillow Talk, $16.00 Buy
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Kelley Carter, lifestyle editor
A warm, pale pink complements deep golden skin tones like Kelley's. "This formula in particular is easy to use because it won't become any more opaque than it looks in the tube," says Weber. "You can't oversaturate it." As for Kelley's reaction? "I usually go with a pinky nude," she says, "so this feels like a very natural next step."

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel in Flirt, $30, available at Sephora.
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Allison Daniels, staff writer
"This is the kind of pastel that will only stand out on the fairest-of-fair skin," says Weber. The slightly pearlescent, blue-based lavender works perfectly with her skin's pink undertones and would look beautiful on someone with neutral undertones as well.

Inglot Cosmetics Lipstick in 151, $13, available at Inglot.
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Lilac Perez, photo assistant
"This pale-paprika color is actually perfect for all skin tones," Weber says. "I would recommend wearing a bronzer with it instead of a blush, since it's such a summer color — a bronze-y feel would work really well." Lilac agreed, noting that the shade would be perfect for a resort vacation.

E.L.F. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Coral Cutie, $3, available at E.L.F.
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Lyne Lucien, photo assistant
This subdued take on radiant orchid is a perfect way to wear a purple lip without fully committing to the color. And, Weber adds, "Lilac works really well with the reddish undertones of her skin."
M·A·C Lipstick in Snapdragon, $16.00 Buy
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Connie Wang, style director
For a cool-toned lavender pastel, check out this icy lilac that has just a hint of a metallic finish. "If you have a skin tone similar to Connie's, you'll need some bronzer to warm up the look," says Weber. This color is really an elevated pastel — perfect for a spring night out.
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Let Them Eat Cake, $45.00 Buy
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Rachel Besser, fashion assistant
"Rachel's clear, neutral-toned skin means she can wear almost any color," says Weber, who applied a true bubblegum pink. Turns out, it was just the hue Rachel's been searching for — and can we talk about how good it looks against her dark hair?

Flower Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color in Tulips 2 Kiss You, $6.98, available at Walmart.
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Everdeen Mason, SEO editor
For nude-lipstick wearers, Weber recommends a neutral, pale pastel. "This shade of pastel pink works well with her skin's yellow undertones and is such a good option for someone just getting into colorful lipsticks," she says.

Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Sheer Lipstick in 514, $34, available at Giorgio Armani.
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Maria Del Russo, beauty writer
To pull off this orchid hue, Weber recommends doing a slight cheek contour and wearing just a touch of mascara. "It's sexy-alien lipstick, so you don't want to overdo the rest of your makeup," she says. While Maria usually goes for hot pink or red lipstick, she loved this color's brightness.

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Lavender, $24, available at Sephora.
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Laura Miller, photo editor
"Laura has a yellow-based skin tone," says Weber, "so a color that's midway between a coral and a pink works really well with those golden undertones." The best part: This is the kind of shade that will still work with Laura's skin even if she gets a little bit of a tan. As for Laura's reaction? "I'm usually a fan of brighter pinks, but this is a great option. And, I like that it's not too Barbie." Far from it — this pastel is spring sophistication at its finest.

Ellis Faas Hot Lips in L408, $35, available at Ellis Faas.
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