How to find the Perfect Red Lipstick for your Skin Tone!

A red lip will always be in style. It makes for a great accessory to minimize neutral makeup that is typically worn during the fall (in my case, I wear it all year round). It’s a simple way to make your look go from “Drab” to “Fab.”  To guarantee your wearing your red lipstick to its fullest potential, I have compiled tips, tricks and products to help you find your red lipstick match.

UndertonesKeeping your skin tone in mind is always key when choosing colors for any makeup and it’s no different when choosing a red lip. If you don’t know what your skin tone is, just remember that fair complexions have cool skin tones with pink undertones. Warm skin tones have olive or blue undertones. The quickest way to determine if you’re warm or cool is to take a look at the veins in your arms in a natural light. If they look green then you are warm, if they look blue you’re cool. 

Here are your perfect reds, based on your skin tone:

Warm Skin Tones: orange reds, warm reds, tomato reds, brown-based reds, golden reds and tawny reds.

Rihanna red lipstick

An example of a striking warmed toned orange red lipstick as seen on Rihanna.

 Cool Skin Tones: pink tones of red, berry reds, blackberry reds, brick reds, blue tones of red and plum tones.

scarlett johansson red lipstick

 An example of a gorgeous red berry lipstick as seen on Scarlet Johansson.

All skin tones – true red (blue undertone suitable for all skin tones)

anne hathaway red lipstick

An example of a beautiful true red lipstick as seen on Anne Hathaway.

 What’s the Occasion: Many of you know I am infamous for rocking a bold red lip pretty much anywhere and everywhere. However, certain occasions call for certain types of red lips. For instance, a red lip is a great way to assert your bold femininity at the office, for everyday wear or if your daring enough, even on a first date. For the office you may want to opt for matte red lipstick something bold, but nothing to over powering. For a first date, you may want something a bit more subtle. Try a pinkish red lipstick; this gives attention to your lips but not too much to where that’s all that meets the eye. 

Tips and Tricks those Perfect Red Lips:

  • Don’t play up your eyes. Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup.  A little mascara and neutral eye shadow will do.
  • Avoid deep reds if you have thin lips. They tend to make lips look smaller.
  • Prevent “bleeding.” Apply a little concealer around the border of your mouth and always use a lip liner.
  • Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color.

Here are a few lipstick shades you can purchase for Fair, Medium, and Dark skin tones, whether you are penny pinching or if you even want to splurge.

Fair Complexion


Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Paris $35 / L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in British Red $9


CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Tempt” $6/ Tom Ford Lip and Cheek Stain in Tainted Love $49

Medium Complexion

red lipstick medium skintone orange-red-lipstick

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in True Red $9/ Dolce & Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Italian Monica $34

RED LIPSTICK medium skintoneclarins-and-ysl-blackberry-lipstick

Clarins Rouge Prodige True-Hold Colour & Shine Lipstick in Blackberry $27 / Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick SPF 15 in Wild Blackberry $32

Dark Complexion

red lipstick dark skintine givenchy-and-revlon-tangerine-lipstick

Givenchy Le Rouge in Mandarine Boléro $36/ Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Orange Flip $9

red lipstick dark skintone dark-maroon-lipsticks

Black Radiance Perfect Tone Lip Color in Eldorado Red $2/ Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick in 308 $40


I hope you found this information on “How to find the Perfect Red Lipstick for your Skin Tone” informative. I would love to hear some of your current favorite red lipsticks! 



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