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How to Find The Best Red Lip Color for Your Skin Tone

How to Find The Best Red Lip Color for Your Skin Tone

What is more classic and chic than a bold red lip? Whether you are competing in a pageant or want to try something new, there is a perfect red for every woman!

To start, make sure your lips are moisturized to ensure the smoothest application. Next, apply a lip primer like Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Primer to get a long-lasting effect.

Best Red Lip Color for Skin Tone

Don’t forget to choose a shade of lip liner to compliment your lipstick and to keep the lip line looking sharp. It’s also a good idea to keep your favorite concealer and concealer brush on hand to clean up the edges and prevent product from traveling outside the lip line.

Fair Skin

Red stands out very easily on fair skin. To find your best shade choose a lipstick with an undertone that matches your skin’s undertone.

For a softer look try Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in the shade “Cherry Pink”. It has pink undertones and a sheer finish for a more natural looking red lip. Pair with a subtle, neutral smokey eye.

To achieve a more bold look, NARS “Red Lizard” also has a pink undertone and the perfect amount of pigment without being overwhelming on a fair complexion. This looks great with cool toned shadows and blush.

Light Skin

Light and medium skin tones seem to have the widest range of shades to choose from when it comes to red lipstick.

If you have a more golden undertone, try “Lady Ruba” from Bobbi Brown. It’s a bright red shade with a hint of coral and a satin finish. A warm toned blush complements this shade nicely.

For a serious punch of color, try Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade “Bing”. This has a bit of a yellow undertone which makes for a seemingly neon red and has a beautiful matte finish.

Medium Skin

For medium skin tones, you can’t go wrong with the ever-popular “Ruby Woo” from MAC. A gorgeous, true red with their retro matte finish makes for a classic, pin-up red lip. Pair with a sharp black winged liner for some extra flare. The retro matte lipsticks from MAC tend to feel a bit dry, so be sure to prep your lips accordingly!

For a deeper red, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Majella” is a rich, blue-based red that will edge up any makeup look. Pairs well with a flirty and full false lash.


Deep Skin

If you have a deep skin tone you can pull off deeper reds in addition to classic, bright red lips.

For a more natural red, try the Bobbi Brown Art Stick in the color “Cassis”. It is a gorgeous deep red with a brown undertone. These sticks can actually double as a cheek color and come with a free jumbo sharpener, too!

For a truly long wearing red lip, check out Face Stockholm Lipstick in “Cognac”. It is a bold wine-colored red with a natural finish that will last all day! They also make a shade called “Desire”, a deep wine color that is great if you’re going for a more vampy look.

Keep in mind that these are all just suggestions. If you have fair skin but want to rock a dark, brown-red lip, do it! Just like if you have a deep skin tone and a neon red makes you feel fabulous, own it! At the end of the day, it is important to wear a shade that you feel your best in!


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