Red lipstick is to beauty as the little black dress is to fashion. It is a classic that every woman should own. It is also a basic that comes in many versions, making it an exciting adventure to find the perfect fit for your unique needs. To help you on your quest, here are two simple steps to finding your ideal match:
Step 1: Find the Right Color for Your Skin Tone
Women with light skin tend to have blue undertones, which look best with shades of red that have an orange and coral cast. “They warm up the already cool tones of the skin,” says makeup artist Sara Glick. Try: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Volcanic 410.
If you have medium skin with yellow undertones, reach for red lipsticks that have a pink or cranberry hue. Try: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Anti-Aging Serum in Cranberry.
If you have medium skin with olive undertones, true reds, such as Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color SPF 15 in Le Rogue, look splendid.
If your skin is dark, brown-based reds work their magic. Try: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 44 – Satin Brownish Red.
Step 2: Achieve Maximum Impact
Picking a red lipstick shade is only part of the fun. You also have many different finishes from which to choose and with which to experiment. Stains, balms or glosses result in a more sheer application and wear for less time, whereas an emollient cream will last much longer and satin and matte reds will endure like iron.
For daytime red lips, choose a sheer lip gloss that is not too heavy or sticky. Try: Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in Molten.
For nighttime opt for satin and matte red lipsticks, as they tend to create a more dramatic effect. Try: Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Lipstick in 400.