Who doesn’t like a red lip? It is a classic color and goes well with everything and you can wear it for any occassion.
Just like my article for the berry group, not all reds are created equal. You should consider your skintone and undertone to find the perfect red.
If your skintone is within the range of medium to tan:
- and has a warm undertones like Kelly Rowland, choose a red lipstick with a tangerine or orange tint to them. The warmth of the color will bring out the golden tones in you. Aromi’s Liquid Matte Lipstick in Preppy Red ($17.00) is between a dark red and a bright orange.
- and has a cool undertone similar to Jennifer Hudson, blue-based deep merlot reds will make a stand out when you are out! Honeybee Garden’s lipstick in Vintage Merlot ($12.99) is described as a deep berry red.
Now onto the dark to deep skin tones (like myself!):
- If your skintone is similar to Lupita Nyong’o’s with warm undertones, blue-based reds are the best. Best part using blue-based reds–your teeth look whiter! Red Apple’s Lipstick in Red 101 ($23.50) is perfect for any occasion.
- If your skintone is closer to Uzo Aduba’s and has a cooler undertone, ruby reds such as Jeffree Star’s Matte Liquid Lipstick in Redrum ($18.00) or even berry reds will stand out against your beautiful skin.
Remember: lip liner is your friend!
Red lips can be worn either with a bold smokey eye or a bare lid with a cat eye; it’s totally up to you!