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We found that the following lipstick shades look best with a navy blue dress:
- Bright red
- Coral pink
Only a few bold lip colors go nicely with navy blue; most commonly worn are natural shades of pink, red, and brown.
If you are unsure how to pull off one of the more bold color options or are looking to identify which natural color best matches your skin tone and personal style, you can find various tips and tricks on how to pick a lipstick shade below.
Lipstick Colors That Go With Navy Blue
1. Bright Red
A bright red shade of lipstick is one of the bolder lipstick shades that can be successfully paired with a navy blue dress. This look is young, fresh, and a bit daring. Bright red lipsticks are always a show stopper, so make sure to pair them with a more simple dress and minimal or more natural-looking makeup elsewhere on the face.
If you wear a bold lipstick shade like bright red, you should make sure this is the only bold element in your look. The only exception to this is with the exposure of skin; bright red lipstick often looks lovely with an off-the-shoulder dress or one with a long slit. Furthermore, if you are wearing a bright red shade, make sure to go easy on jewelry and accessories.
How Do You Accessorize A Navy Blue Dress?
Accessorizing your navy blue dress is more dependent on your chosen makeup than you may realize. For instance, with a bold lip color, accessories should be kept to a minimum. With a more natural hue of lipstick, you can get more elaborate with your accessories. Heels should be worn if possible, but if not, opt for a strappy pair of sandals or a pointed-toe flat.
The dress itself is also a factor in determining accessories. If the dress is very detailed, wear a dangly pair of earrings and try to skip out on all other accessories. If it is a very simple dress, three accessories at most should be worn. In most cases, only three added accessories should be paired with all types of dresses. Typically people pair earrings, a clutch, and a necklace or bracelet with dresses.
Wine-stained lips are a beautiful choice when wearing a navy blue dressed. A matte merlot or berry looks best and will give the added benefit of making your teeth appear whiter. Stick to a blue-toned merlot lip shade if at all possible. A deeper shade of red looks nice with navy blue, but again, this is a bold lip color so keep accessories and other makeup to a minimum.
Brick reds or browns look fantastic with navy blue. Ensure the hue is not too dark for your skin tone, which can cause a washed-out look. Blue-toned folks can get away with brown lipstick if they can find a shade that has some cooler undertone. However, browns generally look best on warmer skin tones, worn with other warm-toned makeup and accessories.
Should You Wear Silver Or Gold With Navy?
A color that is relatively versatile, navy blue is cool-toned but looks best with gold accessories. Thanks to navy's cool tone, silver can be worn with it fashionably, though gold is more popularly used. Gold is warm and adds a beautiful contrast to a navy blue gown. Yellow or orange is also opposite the color spectrum to blue, so it is no surprise gold compliments it so well.
4. Coral Pink
Though coral pink can be a difficult color to pull off, it looks great with navy blue attire when worn correctly. The trick is to find the right hue for your skin tone. Wearing the wrong coral pink with a navy blue dress could cause you to look washed out, but if you can identify the right tone for your skin color, a good coral pink can look youthful and fun.
Which Hues Go With Which Skin Tone?
With all lipsticks, it is important to first identify your underlying skin tone. If you look at the veins on your wrist, you can see they appear more blue or green. If you can't tell if your veins are more blue or red, you may have a neutral skin tone. People with blue undertones are considered cool-toned, and people with green are considered warm-toned.
As a general rule, each skin tone should stick to a similarly toned lipstick. People with cool-toned skin should stick to lipsticks with blue, purple, or berry undertones. If you have blue undertones to your skin, it may be a bit more challenging to find a coral pink that compliments your skin tone.
On the other hand, people with warm-toned skin should stick to warmer shades like lipsticks with orange, yellow, and brown undertones and can easily wear most coral pinks well. Furthermore, if you have neutral-colored skin, you can get away with just about any shade of lipstick, coral pink included.
Nude shades of lipstick are probably the most commonly chosen shade to pair with navy blue. Navy blue is a bit of a bold statement color all on its own, and pairing it with nude lipstick allows the dress to speak for itself. Pick a shade that compliments your skin tone and is within two shades of your natural lip hue. If you pick a nude shade of lipstick, you can get more creative and bold with your eye makeup.
Should You Match Your Eyeshadow To Your Outfit?
Though some people choose to match their eyeshadow to their outfits, this can come off as outdated unless it is a bright hue. A bright hue of the same color as your outfit can look like an intentional statement, but an eyeshadow with the same hue as your attire can look overly coordinated. If you opt to wear blue eyeshadow, consult our post on what lipstick hues go with blue and pick a shade on both lists.
Stick to colors similar to that of your accessories or other makeup. Gold eyeshadows, in particular, look great with navy blue. A little bit of sparkle is totally fine. If you are more mature, use a small amount at the inner corners of the eye. Browns and other nude eyeshadow shades also look nice with a navy blue dress. Very dark shades can look like a bit much but can be pulled off when paired with nude lipstick.
Much the same to a nude, lips lined with their natural color and a simple clear or lightly pigmented gloss can look nice with a navy blue dress. This look will add a bit of glitz without competing with the dress or your other makeup and will allow the wearer to pull off a bold eye without looking over the top. If you want to use heavy eye makeup, stick with a nude or a gloss.
Final Lipstick Tips to Help You Rock A Navy Blue Dress
As you have read, there are several options when choosing the right lipstick to wear with your navy blue dress, so pick whichever you like and have fun. There is a hue for every skin tone, and accessorizing is easy once you've settled on your overall makeup look.
Remember to keep to one bold makeup element and wear natural eye makeup if you wear bright red or merlot. Feel free to wear accessories and a dramatic eye if you opted for a more natural lip shade. We've covered a lot here, but if you need help finishing the look with a great pair of heels, check out our post on what color shoes go with everything.