BEST RED LIP SHADES FOR YOUR SKIN TONE

photos: wire image + go runway, graphic design by eunice chun, post by amy nadine

We’ve gotten so many requests for picking the right red lipstick that we had to try and help! All you need to do is find which skin tone you are closest to {find your row above}, then decide, in your opinion, which you like better: the orange-based red {warm red} in the left column or the blue/pink-based red {cool red} in the right column. I can’t sit here and tell you which one you should pick or give you a universal law {even though many magazines and beauty counter sales people might constrict you like that}, because honestly everyone can wear both, you just have to decide your mood that day: do you want everything to be in harmony, or do you want to make a statement? Here’s the breakdown:

KEY:

HEART = HARMONY

STAR = STATEMENT

PORCELAIN: This ultra-light skin tone with cool undertones looks best with a cool red with hints of plum, but looks daring with a warm red.

FAIR: This light skin tone with cool undertones also is most harmonious with a cool red, while a warm red is bold.

BISQUE: This pink under-toned skin color looks best with a cool red, but can also pull off the warm red.

BEIGE: This skin color with yellow undertones is most harmonious with a warm red, but can wear a cool red too.

OLIVE: Warm reds look best on this skin color with green undertones, but as you can see, cool reds look pretty too.

TAWNY: Again, warm reds are the way to go for this gorgeous skin tone, but don’t let anyone tell you you can’t wear cool reds too.

CARAMEL: Cool reds are wearable but warm reds are gorgeous on this skin tone.

ALMOND: Warm reds are pretty but cool reds are meant for you.

BOTTOM LINE: I prefer the harmony of matching lip tones with undertones; I feel like when you walk into the room, everyone will think “wow she looks so gorgeous” not being able to pinpoint why, but every now and then it’s fun to draw all the attention to your lips by letting the red make the statement. This is our favorite cool red and this is our favorite warm red. Hope that helped!

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