• Cara Clements

Find Your Perfect Red Lipstick Shade

Updated: Apr 1

You know that one outfit that’s your go-to when you want to feel like Beyoncé? Or that one piece of jewelry that just seems to make every outfit complete? No matter how many things you’ve tried on, if you don’t have that one outfit that hits all the right curves, or that one piece of jewelry that you love, you just feel incomplete — this is how I feel about lipstick.



Lipstick gives me the confidence of Beyoncé while making me feel like I just stepped out of a magazine. There seriously is nothing more gratifying to me than going into Sephora and buying that perfect shade of lipstick, especially red lipstick. So with that being said, it's time to find that perfect shade of red lipstick that will not only compliment your skin tone, but will also give you the confidence to really impress your next date.


Gwen Stefani isn’t the only one that can rock a red lip, so follow these tips and go pick out your perfect shade!



Fair Complexions:



Fair complexions usually have a pink-based undertone. To really compliment your skin tone, use blue-based reds or pink-based reds — think raspberry. These red lipsticks will pick up the pink tones in your complexion and really make your smile pop.


Try These:


For Bold, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella

For Sheer, MAKE UP FOREVER Rouge Artist Natural in N45

For Matte, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery





Light Complexions:



Light complexions usually have a yellow-based undertone. To really compliment your skintone, use a slight orange based red. These lipsticks will pick up the golden undertones and really brighten your complexion.


Try These:


For Bold, Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Lipstick Collection Color 56 Orange Indie

For Sheer, Sephora Collection Rouge Shine lipstick Color No. 32 Serial Dater

For Matte, Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Rogue Red






Medium Complexions:



Medium complexions can lose and gain a suntan easily, so change your red lip based on the season. In the summertime when you are soaking up rays, wear an orange-based red. This will compliment your bronze skin and lend a brightening look to your complexion.


Try These:


For Bold, NARS lipstick in Fire Down Below

For Sheer, Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy-Glossy Balm Crystal Color in Sweet Fig 07 

For Matte, Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Made It





Olive Complexions:



Olive skin tones have a yellow-green undertone that tans very easily. To really compliment your bronze skin tone, use a brick or rust colored red. These earthy tones will warm up your complexion while blending with your skin effortlessly.


Try These:


For Bold, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana

For Sheer, Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème in Raven

For Matte, Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Countess 





Caramel Complexions:



Caramel complexions have a yellow-based undertone. To really compliment your skin tone, use a true cherry red. These red lipsticks will pick up the warmth in your skin tone and really brighten your smile.


Try These:


For Bold, Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Legendary

For Sheer, Lancome Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Lipstick in Color 140 Corail Lover

For Matte, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso





Golden Dark Complexions:



Golden dark skin tones have a yellow undertone.  This type of skintone can really play with pigment when it comes to choosing a red lipstick. For a bolder look, try a true red. This will pick up the warmth in your skin and create a brighter complexion.


Try These:


For Bold, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in Color 42 Satin Vermolion Red 

For Sheer, Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Icon

For Matte, Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Classified Crimson






Golden Dark Complexions:



Deep complexions can really play with pigment when it comes to red lipsticks. If you want a bolder look, use an orange-based red to really make your pout pop.


Try These:


For Bold, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick

For Sheer, Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Slowburn

For Matte, Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Wildfire




Based on this guide, what red lipstick shade are you going to try next??



xoxo-









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