Today we have a guest post from Rebecca Jones who blogs about beauty and how to pull off celebrity beauty looks (who doesn’t want to do that?) Here she gives us the low down on how to rock red lipstick, even if you think it’s too glam for you. The trick says Rebecca is finding the right color for your skin tone.
With a red lipstick you can glam up your look in a jiffy. This rich color and bold texture exudes confidence and makes you look hip and confident. But you should pick out the right shade, one that matches your skin tone and color. There is a whole line up of tints in red and crimson out there, so how do you find the perfect one for you? Here are a few tricks and tips for selecting the right lip color for your skin tone.
If you have fair skin tone then go for red lipsticks with blue undertones. They should be deep and rich with no hints of brown, pink, and orange. Coral red looks amazing and rosy blushes work well. If you have a pinkish skin tone then go for a matte red. Peachy reds are also a great idea for those who have a very pale white complexion. You can also pick pinkish reds. A velvety smooth and wet red color looks absolutely smashing. And nothing beats the deep classic red if you have a cool toned fair skin.
- Revlon Colorburst in Coral for $9.
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice, $8.
- Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in Are You Red-dy, $7.50.
- E.L.F. Red Carpet Lip Stain $3 (can’t beat the price and isn’t glossy – Target has E.L.F.)
Gals with a neutral skin tone or medium complexion should opt for either blue based red tints or one with subtle hint of orange. A yellow mixed in your red shade also looks really fine. Brick red looks great on those who have a yellow skin undertone. Pink and cranberry are also a smart choice if your complexion falls in between. Also, reds with a brown base will suit the olive or yellow toned medium complexion. Wearing bronzer with red lipsticks is a great idea.
- Chantecaille Lipstick in Cayenne for $30.
- Rouge Dior Lipstick in Red Premiere, $28.
- CoverGirl TruShine Lipcolor in Valentine Shine, $7.50. (more sheer than the others)
- Chanel Rouge Allure in Audace, $30. (a Marilyn Monroe glam shade)
Purple based red shades look great on those who have a dark complexion or warm skin tone. Reach out for darker and deep hues of red which have some black or plum mixed. Burgundy and berry tints of red work well on this skin tone. Warm shades of red like the sultry tomato red, maroon tinges, or brown reds are perfect. Terracotta or a muddy red is also a good choice. The red should be really intense and stand out. Additionally, a golden base on your red lip color looks awesome.
- Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Smoky Rouge, $29
- L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Red Rhapsody, $9. (great for drier lips)
- Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Ruby Pearl, $20.
- NYX black Label Lipstick in Black Cherry from $4
If you still aren’t sure which red hue to pick then do a test. Your skin and teeth should look bright and vibrant when you put on the red lipstick. If they look pale and sallow (or have a yellowish cast) then you have opted for the wrong shade of red for your skin tone.