Picking Out The Right Red For Your Skin Tone

Now that fall is here it’s time for red lipstick, here is an easy guide to help you select a red lipstick for your skin tone.

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A bold red lip is such a classic look,  I love it with just mascara and winged liner…it makes me feel very French.  Finding the right red is often a struggle.  I am constantly buying new reds and never wearing them.  Either the red is too pink, or too orange.  Here is a guide that will help you find the right color.

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FAIR WITH COOL UNDERTONES
If you are fair with cool undertones find a red with Blue-based it will complement and warm up the cool pink undertones found in very fair skin.  Also, it will make your teeth look whiter.

 

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FAIR WITH RED HAIR
Red heads can wear red lipstick.  Look for a red with orange undertones or coral-reds on redheads with fair skin because it adds a flash of color to your face.

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MEDIUM-LIGHT
A pinkish red is beautiful for medium-light complexions.  Pro-tip: dab it on with your finger to give it a soft look.

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GOLDEN
A deep vivid red that is fully pigmented will warm up and give radiance to golden skin tones.  Sheer colors will wash you out.

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MEDIUM WITH YELLOW UNDERTONES
Complexions with yellow undertones turn a glowing tan with a little help from a tangerine-tinged reds or deep vivid berry.  Stay away from brown-reds which will make skin look sallow.

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MEDIUM WITH GOLD UNDERTONES
A medium complexion with light golden tones  look for a a true red. If you detect any undertones in the lipstick, they should be orange, not blue.

 

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MEDIUM WITH NEUTRAL UNDERTONES
With a medium complexion with a neutral undertones look for a true red.  Stay away from orange reds.

 

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MEDIUM WITH CARAMEL TONES
A brown-based red and reds with hints of plum look beautiful on caramel tones. It’s enough contrast to make your lips pop.

 

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TAN WITH WARM UNDERTONES
Pick a true red with a blue undertone.  It will make your complexion glow and your teeth look whiter.

 

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TAN WITH NEUTRAL UNDERTONES
Though tan or olive skin with neutral tones  look pretty with bright cherry red, glossy reds also look great on this type of complexion.

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TAN WITH COOL UNDERTONES
With a deep merlot red looks stunning on complexions like this.  Look for a blue-based wine color.

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DARK WITH WARM UNDERTONES
An opaque blue based red is gorgeous on people with a with dark caramel complexion.  Find a matte red to make the color really stand out.  Make sure your lips are properly exfoliated when applying matte lipstick.

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DARK WITH COOL UNDERTONES
Deep reds that are wine color make lips stand out on dark complexions.  Even a metallic red would be gorgeous.

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DARK WITH COOL UNDERTONES

A deep berry or bright red look beautiful on dark complexions with cool tones.  Add a gloss on top to make it really stand out.

Loreen

4 Comments

  1. S. T.
    December 11, 2015 / 1:28 am

    Cool!

  2. lori
    December 19, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    can you recommend brands and colors for the reds?

  3. Dina
    December 24, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Such a great article. Love your site.

  4. Hazel Berdar
    March 16, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Nice website, I love the posts.

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