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The Red That's Right for You: Choosing the Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

The Red that’s Right for You

Red lipstick has been available, in different variations, for thousands of years.

In ancient Egypt and Roman times, it was even worn as a symbol of social status!

Nowadays, red lips are a timeless tradition used to dress up a look or boost confidence.

However, red lipstick is not one size fits all, which is why choosing the right shade is key.

Whether you prefer a deep, matte red or a glossy, fiery crimson, finding the perfect shade has never been easier.

Read on to learn about finding the right shade for your skin tone as well as our favorite tips and tricks for figuring out the right undertone!

How to Find Your Undertone

The trick to finding the perfect red lipstick is finding a shade that has the same undertones as your skin.

Undertones can be tricky, but these tips can help you find yours!

There are three “undertones” you should consider when looking for the right makeup shade.

To find your undertone, begin by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist.

  • Warm Undertones: If your veins appear green, you more than likely have a warm skin tone. Warm skin tones tend to be yellow, peach or gold in color.
  • Cool Undertones: If your veins appear blue or purple, you likely have a cool undertone. Cool skin tones tend to appear pink, rosy or blue in color.
  • Neutral Undertones: If your veins are a mixture of green, blue or purple, your skin tone is likely neutral. Neutral skin tones feature a mixture of warm and cool undertones, like olive.

Once you’ve determined your undertone, it’s time to find your shade!

  • Warm lipstick shades usually have an orange, brown or gold undertone—think fire and ruby reds.
  • Cool lipstick shades tend to feature blue or pink undertones—think cherry or sangria reds.
  • Neutral lipstick shades contain a mixture of warm and cool undertones.

Now that you know which shades best suit your skin tone, you can choose a texture.

Matte Lipstick or Lip Gloss?

The texture of your lip color can play a major role in how sheer or opaque it appears.

For those who prefer a super pigmented look, matte lipstick is the way to go.

Matte lipstick is also a great option for those who love the shape and plumpness of their lips as the intense color accentuates these features.

Pro tip: When using a matte shade, pair it with a matching lip liner to avoid a flat look!

For those interested in giving their lips a little extra volume, a glossy or satin finish does the trick.

Glossy lip colors do a great job at highlighting and accentuating the dips and curves of your lips while giving the lips some dimension, though the color can sometimes appear more sheer than a matte lipstick.

Whatever finish or shade you decide, remember that lipstick applies best to healthy lips!

To hydrate and protect your pucker, try Eminence Organics Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15.

The luxurious formula protects lips with mineral sunscreen while natural and organic oils intensely hydrate.

Eminence Organics Rosehip and Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15. Chapped Lips. Best lip balm for dry lips.

If You Have… a Cool Undertone

Glo Skin Beauty Suede Matte Crayon – Crimson

Designed to provide high color payoff with a velvety, matte finish, this long-wear formula allows you to precisely apply lipstick without overdrying the lips.

The blue-purple undertone perfectly complements those with cool skin tones and provides a gorgeous, antioxidant-rich finish.

Glo Skin Beauty Suede Matte Crayon in Crimson. Lipstick. Matte Lipstick.

jane iredale Lip Fixation Lip Stain – Rapture

Featuring both a lip stain and a lip gloss, this botanically enriched formula enhances lip volume while providing soft, glossy color.

The pink undertone is a great option for those with cool skin tones and can be combined with the accompanying gloss for a look unique to you.

jane iredale Lip Fixation Lip Stain in Rapture. Lipstick. Lip gloss.

If You Have… a Warm Undertone

Glo Skin Beauty Lipstick – Bullseye

Creamy and long-wear, this proprietary formula offers lightweight hydration as well as UV and antioxidant protection with green tea, an array of vitamins and titanium dioxide.

The gorgeous red features an orange undertone, making it the perfect complement to warmer skin tones.

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jane iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss – Cherries Jubilee

High shine and sheer color make this gloss the perfect staple for any routine.

Formulated to nourish lips with moringa butter and avocado oil, the hydrating formula provides a glossy finish without the tackiness associated with many lip glosses.

The soft brown undertone of this luxurious gloss beautifully enhances lips for a voluminous look.

jane iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Cherries Jubilee. Lipgloss. Mineral Makeup.

If You Have… a Neutral Undertone

If you can’t seem to determine if your skin has a warm or cool undertone, chances are that your skin is more neutral.

If this is the case, you’re one of the lucky ones! The great thing about having a neutral undertone is a variety of shades will flatter your skin tone.

Mix and match your favorite red lipstick to match your outfit, makeup or mood.

Which method worked best to find out your undertone? Leave a comment below or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using @LovelySkin or #LovelySkin!

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Ashley is a content writer at LovelySkin and a self-declared beauty junkie. She enjoys reading and watching Harry Potter, spoiling her chihuahua (who is a proud Gryffindor), and trying out new products.

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