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The Ultimate Guide To Picking The Best Red Lipstick

Introduction

There’s just something about wearing red lipstick that elevates your entire makeup look. You immediately look much more classy and chic, compared to when you choose a lipstick of any other color. What’s more, red lipstick transitions from morning to night seamlessly. So, if you put on red lipstick during the day, you don’t have to worry about switching lipstick colors if you have dinner plans. While there are no hard and fast rules on picking red lipstick shades, there are some great tips to know to determine which red lipstick complements your skin the best. In this article, we compiled some of the best tips from makeup artists on how to find the perfect red lipstick for your skin tone. So, the next time you’re shopping for makeup, you’ll know exactly what to look out for. Now, sit back, relax, maybe grab a cup of tea, and let’s get started with this article!

How to Find The Right Shade Of Red

First things first, let’s cover some general basics that everyone can adopt when out shopping for a new red lipstick.

The first is to actually try on the lipstick. With the convenience of online shopping, many of us have turned to purchase things through the Internet, this includes makeup products. However, the thing about makeup products is you can’t always determine the shade or tone of the product through pictures along. Lighting always plays a very important role when determining whether a product fits your skin color. So judging the shade of lipstick using photos only may not be the best way to determine whether the lipstick will suit your skin tone. So, if you really want to see whether a shade of red suits you, we recommend heading to the store where you’ll be able to swatch the product. Though you may not get to try the products on your lips, swatching it on the back of your hair or forearm will give you a much better idea of how the shade actually looks, compared to judging it based on photos alone.

If you happen to have red lipsticks that you think are too bright or dark, don’t throw them away just yet! You can always blend two shades of lipstick to get the color that you desire.

Another important tip to note is that the finish of a lipstick (shimmery, matte, or gloss) affects the way your shade of lipstick looks. The color of matte lipsticks tends to look duller once the lipstick has set while glossy or shimmery lipsticks tend to look much shinier under bright lighting.

The Best Red Shades for Deep Skin

Now that we’ve covered some basic tips, let’s dive deeper into the shades of red that suit each skin tone. First on our list is shades that compliment darker skin tones. If you have dark skin, that deeper shade of red will look gorgeous on you. Shades of red that have cool undertones like berry and wine will make your skin tone look even richer and warmer. Some products that you should consider include Milani Cosmetics’ Color Statement Lipstick in the shade ‘Velvet Merlot’.

Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick

Make a statement with this dark, but vibrant red lipstick that will definitely make you stand out; plus, it is infused with Vitamins A and C to nourish your lips at the same time.

$9.00



The Best Red Shades For Olive Skin

If you have olive skin, that try out red shades that have a yellow or orange undertone. Coral in particular will look great on olive skin. Try to avoid using red lipsticks that have a blue undertone as these shades will make you look washed out. Our personal favorite lipstick for olive skin is Charlotte Tilbury’s Hots Lips 2 in the color ‘Red Hot Susan’. For those of you who prefer to spend your money on things other than makeup, don’t worry! We have a drugstore alternative for you — BH Cosmetics’ Cashmere Cream in the shade ‘Slay’.

BH Cosmetics Cashmere Cream

In the shade ‘Slay’, this lipstick has a lightweight formula that is long-lasting and lightweight; certainly something comfortable you wouldn’t mind wearing all day long.

$9.00



The Best Red Shades For Medium Skin

For you ladies or gentlemen, with medium skin, you’re a bit luckier because most shades of red look great on your skin tone. Both warm and cool shades of red pair fantastically with medium skin. But, if we were to be nitpicky, you may want to steer away from coral because it tends to make medium skin look dull and tired. Our red lipstick picks for medium skin are Wet n Wild’s Mega Last Lip Color in the shade ‘Stoplight Red’. If you don’t mind shelling out more money, then you should definitely check out Becca Cosmetics’ Ultimate Lipstick Love in the shade ‘Scarlet’.

Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lip Color

In the shade ‘Stoplight Red’, this long-lasting, semi-matte lipstick is enriched with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamins A & E for comfortable wear.

$2.99



The Best Red Shades For Light Skin

For those of you with light skin, you can pull off both cool and warm-toned red lipstick. But, we personally feel that cooler toned reds like wine or cranberry look fantastic on light skin. We recommend trying out Etude House’s Better Lips-Talk in the shade ‘Beet Power’.

Etude House Better Lips-Talk

With high pigmentation and a smooth texture, this lipstick will give you long-lasting shine as its vivid color particles smoothly glide onto your lips without any patchiness.

$13.20



The Best Red Shade For Fair Skin

IF you have fair skin, then you’ll want to pick a shade of red that compliments the pinkish undertones of your skin. Cooler toned shades that have hints of purple look exceptionally great with your skin tone. If you’re having trouble finding a shade like this, fear not, we have a recommendation for you as well! Try the shade ‘Werk, Werk, Werk’ from MAC’s Powder Kiss lipstick line.


The Best Red Shades For All Skin Tones

Is there really such a thing as a universally flattering shade of lipstick? Some people believe there is, while others are adamant that no shade can truly be universally flattering given the wide variety of skin tones. But, if we had to pick, we’d say that 3CE’s Glow Lip Color in the shade ‘Smoky Red’ comes close. This cult-favorite red lipstick truly looks amazing on everyone that we’ve seen wear it. So, if you’re looking to expand your collection of red lipsticks = (which you should do) then we definitely recommend getting this lipstick.

3CE Glow Lip Color

A popular Korean makeup brand, pick the shade ‘Smoky Red’ for a vivid and clear lip color; it’ll leave your lips looking refreshed and glossy throughout the day.

$21.00

Conclusion

With this, we’ve come to the end of this article. We hope that you’ve gained some insight into picking the right red lipstick that will go perfectly with your skin tone. And, now that you have some ideas on which products to check out, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your wallet and go shopping!

Recommended Products

No. ProductPriceBuy
1Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick

Make a statement with this dark, but vibrant red lipstick that will definitely make you stand out; plus, it is infused with Vitamins.
$9Shop
2BH Cosmetics Cashmere Cream

In the shade ‘Slay’, this lipstick has a lightweight formula that is long-lasting and lightweight; certainly something comfortable!
$9Shop
3Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lip Color

In the shade ‘Stoplight Red’, this long-lasting, semi-matte lipstick is enriched with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamins A & E.
$2.99Shop
4Etude House Better Lips-Talk

With high pigmentation and a smooth texture, this lipstick will give you long-lasting shine with its vivid color particles.
$13.20Shop
53CE Glow Lip Color

A popular Korean makeup brand, pick the shade ‘Smoky Red’ for a vivid and clear lip color; it’ll leave your lips looking refreshed.
$21Shop

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