The Perfect Red Lipstick for Every Skin ToneMarch 02, 2021
No makeup stash is complete without a red lipstick. In the lip category, there’s no color as classic, and depending on the shade you choose and how you wear it, the color can be vibrant, bold, sophisticated or edgy. In addition to the overall vibe you’re going for, your skin tone should come into play when searching for your perfect red lipstick. While some shades of red are universally flattering, there are others that best complement light, medium or dark complexions. Read on for tips on how to find the best red lippie for you.
For Light Skin Tones
A cool, blue-toned red will complement and brighten your fair skin and natural flush without washing you out. We love the new Maybelline New York Color Sensational Ultimatte Slim Lipstick in More Ruby. The striking red shade has blue undertones and a creamy matte formula that’s comfortable and non-drying.
For Medium Skin Tones
Medium skin tones pretty much have their pick when it comes to red lipstick — both cool- and warm-toned shades will flatter you. A great true red is the L'Oréal Paris Brilliant Signature Lip Stain in Be Brilliant, which is vibrant and has a high-shine, long-lasting finish.
For Dark Skin Tones
Deep skin tones deserve a red as rich as their complexion. Go bright with a pinky-red shade like the
NYX Professional Makeup Shine Loud Pro Pigment Lip Shine in Rebel in Red. Or, choose a lippie with depth on the other end of the spectrum. You can’t go wrong with The Lip Bar Liquid Matte Lipstick in Brickhouse, a brown-toned red.