You *Can* Wear Red Lipstick and Blush Together — Here’s How to Do It

March 20, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal
I love a good blush moment. Next to a liquid highlighter, it’s my favorite way to achieve a fresh-faced, dewy makeup look year round. After making a New Year's resolution to wear more red lipstick, though, I find that when paired with my usual flushed cheeks, I end up looking like a five year old who found her mother’s makeup stash and went wild. I decided to tap beauty expert, Billie Gene for some tips on how to best wear red lipstick and blush together,  plus some combinations to try for different skin tones. 

To strike a perfect balance between your blush and red lipstick, “always apply a red lip that complements your complexion,” says Gene. He also adds that you should choose a blush that matches your skin’s undertone. “This will allow the lipstick to be the star player on the face.”

The Best Blush and Lipstick Combos for Fair to Light Skin:
If you have a fair to light skin tone, Gene says that you can get away with wearing any shade of red lipstick. He recommends lipsticks with cooler, blue undertones as they tend to make light complexions look brighter. When it comes to your blush, he suggests opting for a soft dusty pink. Try the Flesh Proud Flesh Matte Liquid Lip in Brazen and the Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush in Nude.

The Best Blush and Lipstick Combos for Medium to Olive Skin:
If you have a medium to olive skin tone, you can’t go wrong with orange-based red lipsticks. Think: Maybelline New York Superstay Ink Crayon in Laugh Louder. For blush, Gene recommends sticking to a soft dusty rose blush if you have a light to medium complexion, while those with olive skin or a deeper medium tone look great in rich shades like berry. Gene adds that you can also pick a blush that leans orange to enhance the lip color or a bronzy blush to shape and add a natural flush of color. Try the NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Creamy Powder Blush in Totally Chill, which is a rich terracotta rose shade. 

The Best Blush and Lipstick Combos for Dark Skin:
If you have a darker complexion, Gene says deep, brick-tone reds and bright reds with blue undertones look great against your melanin. If you don’t want to go too bright, we love the IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Lipstick in Moment for its deep red wine tones and sultry vibes. As for blush, consider trying blushes that lean peachy or orange. If you ask us, you can’t go wrong with the Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Tinted Lip + Cheek Balm in Golden Hour.
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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