Nothing is sexier than a classic red lip, but sometimes finding the right shade and applying it correctly can be a challenge. There are so many different tones and textures, there is definitely the right red for everyone. Here are a few tips for selecting the red lipstick that is right for you.
Red lipsticks can basically be divided into two categories – red-based and orange-based. To determine which one will suit you, look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they look more blue, then you are cooler tones and should stick with blue based reds. If they look more green, you are probably warm toned and can pull off orange based reds. The darker your skin tone, the easier it is to wear a bold color because it doesn’t stand out as much as it does against paler skin. A true red is universally flattering.
If lipstick just seems too intimidating, try a red gloss instead. With a gloss you still get a gorgeous red but it is softer and easier to apply. Lime Crime’s Carousel Gloss in Cherry On Top is a beautiful red with lots of pigmentation and shimmer. This gloss tends to be on the cooler side, but is more forgiving than lipstick so any skin tone could pull it off.
There are some red lipsticks that are neutral enough that just about any skin tone can wear them. Mac Viva Glam 1 is a beautiful red, that tends towards the cool side. This lipstick retails for $16. Cover Girl Lip Perfection in Euphoria is a soft blue-based red, and at $7 it is easy on the pocketbook. Blue-based reds will make teeth appear whiter as well.
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in British Red is a warm based red that is stunning on olive complexion. It retails for $9. Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick In Fierce Bright Red is a stunning coral-based red that retails for $34.
No matter your skin tone, or what shade you choose, if your lips are dry and cracked, or if you lipstick is feathering all over your face, it won’t look good. Make sure your lips are in lipstick-ready shape by taking a little sugar and olive oil and rubbing it on your lips to exfoliate them. Always use a liner with red lipstick to avoid running or feathering. If you have trouble drawing a straight line, try lining after you apply the lipstick.
There is a red lipstick for everyone, so don’t be afraid to experiment and fine which one is right for you.