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Beauty Basics: Finding The Perfect Red Lipstick

We all know it: red lipsticks are the worst. You can literally spend the entire day terrified it’s all over your teeth. Plus, it can be quite a statement not all of us are ready for. But it’s really all about making that first step: wear it once and you’re never going back.

Choosing the perfect red lipstick, however, can be tricky. We bet you never thought there were so many different shades of red out there until you started browsing in the lipstick aisle. Well, you’re lucky we’re here.

We worked out a little guide on how to pick the perfect shade of red for you. We promise it’s going to be easier than you think!

Know your complexion

Although we’ve already discussed undertones in another blog post, here let us remind you why they matter: finding the perfect shade of red lipstick depends on how well you know your skin colours.

Start by identifying the colour base of your lipstick of choice: is it a yellow-based red, or a blue-based red?

After you found the answer, move on to choose the one that better compliments your complexion. If your undertone veers towards pink, you should go for a blue-based red. On the contrary, if you have a warmer undertone, a yellow-based red is what you’re after. Olive skin will look best with an orange-based red, while dark skin can rock intense colours, like a berry or wine red. Finally, a cherry red is perfect for caramel complexions.

Statement lip or soft shade?

Next, it’s all about the overall look. Are you a smoky eye person, who prefers drawing all the attention to their eyes? Or do you like a bit of a lip statement and want all eyes on your beautiful smile?

Depending on your choice, you may want to opt for a more neutral shade of red. Keeping in mind your undertone, choose your look: a plain outfit can be revived by a bright shade of red, while a bold, colourful eye makeup can be toned down by a brown red.

Glossy vs. Matte

Do you have lips that can rock a berry, deep red? Or would you prefer creating a plumper look, maybe with a vibrant, orangey red? It’s all up to you. Remember that the deepest matte lipstick will make your lips look smaller, while a glossy look will create the effect of a fuller lip.

Experiment and have fun

As we always like to remind our readers, at the end of the day makeup is supposed to be fun. Experimenting is really the only rule you need to remember, and the real secret is to enjoy the world of beauty.

So, browse the web for some inspirations, imagine what kind of statement you want to make with your lipstick and try all the colours. When you find your perfect shade of red, you’ll know.


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