What Shades of Red Lipstick Suit You Best?

Red lipstick looks great on every woman in every skin tone! You love red colors so you wear them all! But are all shades created equally?

One mistake that women commonly make is that they wear the wrong shade for their skin tone. For that reason, it's really important to choose colors that flatter your complexion instead of washing you out!



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Red lips have been especially popular for the last few years, in case you haven't noticed! Some red colors can turn on a fire, but wear the wrong color and it will chill the air around you. Its a fact that some red colors just don’t look 'right' on you!

To top that off, the list of red colors goes on and on. There is orange red, blue red, brown red, bright red, matte red, true red, fire-engine red, earthy red, fuchsia red, mauve red, purple red, and so many more! It's exhausting!

So how do you determine which one red looks best on you? We’ve all borrowed our girlfriends red lipstick that looks great on her. But when you try it on... It just doesn't look right. But why?

How Body Chemistry Affects Your Choices

Some reds don't look good because everyone has their own body chemistry, pigment, and skin undertones. Think about mood rings for example. They act differently on everyone because we all have our own chemical composition. We all have different body temperatures too. Those things make a big difference! And all of these things determine what red shade will compliment you best!

Its truly part beauty, part science!

Red Lipstick and Your Skin Tone

Wearing the right shade for your skin tone is critical when choosing your color!

The best rule of thumb is that blue-based reds are most flattering with cool skin tones. Try berry shades or true reds.

For warm skin tones, try using an orange based red lipstick such as fiery coral shade like Persimmon.

For rosy skin - Use red colors that have violet or fuchsia in it.

For olive or darker skin - Orange, golden, or brown reds work best, although on very dark skin, a cool blue fuchsia-red can look beautiful too.

For more information about skin tones, see this page.

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Red Lipstick Tips




  • Most brown-based reds blend well with most complexions but try them first before wearing them out in public!

  • For the lucky ladies who can wear them, blue-based lipsticks makes teeth appear whiter and skin more luminous.

  • For bleeding lipsticks - Apply a small amount of loose powder over a layer of Chap Stick. Your lipstick stays on top of the wax coating and won’t run as easily.

  • If you get nervous when you apply red lip colors, do this - Apply lipstick with your fingertip by patting it on in the center of the lip and working outward. This creates stained lips and looks unpretentious and natural!

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    Red Lip Colors to Try

    Fair Skin tones - Cover Girl Continuous Colour Lipstick in Really Red, or Chanel Lover Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color.

    Medium Skin tones - Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Red Red Red, or Estee Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick in Red Attitude.

    Olive or Darker Skin tones - Lancôme Rouge Absolut Crème in Merlot, or Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Crushed Cranberry.

    So, which red lipstick do you choose? The best advice is to find colors that blend well with your skin tone and help off-set your beautiful smile!






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