Red Lipstick- How To Find Your Perfect Shade Of This Timeless Beauty Staple

February 28, 2023

When it comes to beauty staples there is one thing that every woman’s makeup bag should have in it- red lipstick. This one simple item can transform your look in seconds giving you an air of timeless class and beauty. Red lipstick has really stood the test of time. In fact, it dates back all the way to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Yes, that’s right!  Women have been turning to red lipstick to look and feel more beautiful for over 5,000 years! And in spite of its long history of being beloved by women around the world, women today seem to be intimidated by bold red lips. This is often because we don’t know how to choose the right shade for our skin tone and so we lack the confidence to try. Well, get ready because we are about to tell you what you need to know to find your perfect shade of red.

Choosing a flattering shade of red is an art, not a science. The most important thing is that it makes you feel beautiful when you wear it. If you feel like the color is too bright or bold or it makes you not love what you see when you look in the mirror, just keep searching for that perfect shade. Here are some things to consider to help you find it.

Fair Skin

If your skin is fair it will have a pinkish undertone, often with a hint of blue. Those with fair complexions look great in blue or pink-toned reds that mimic their own skin tone. Look for berry red shades like raspberry to brighten your smile and compliment your complexion. Orange-based reds will clash with your skin, so stay away from those.

Light Skin

Light skin tones are usually neutral and sometimes have a few warm undertones. Light skin pairs perfectly with colors like coral where there is a touch of orange mixed in with the red. Coral red lipstick will bring out the warmth in your skin and give your complexion a much brighter glow.

Medium Skin

Those with a medium skin tone typically tan very easily, but that tan fades away just as easily. As your skin tone changes with the weather you may find that you need to also change up your lipstick. In the warmer months when your skin is darker reds with a hint of orange may compliment your complexion best. However, in the cooler months as your tan fades away, you may find those reds with blue undertones better suit your complexion.

Olive Skin

Olive skin seems to always be somewhat naturally tan. The yellowish-green undertones pair well with earthy shades of red like brick or rust. These colors give your complexion a beautiful bronze glow that will make you the envy of everyone.

Dark Skin

Those with dark complexions can easily wear bolder colors that would overpower the complexions of those with fair skin. Look for dark maroon, shades of deep Berry and wine, and bold crimson red. Don’t be afraid to be daring!

All Skin Tones

If you’re looking for a one-size-fits-all red lipstick, then look no further than true red. This color is bright and bold and has the perfect balance of red and blue undertones so that it complements both warm and cool skin tones and brings out the best of each one. Even if you find your perfect shade of red it may be a good idea to keep at least one true red lipstick in your makeup kit. It’s always good to have options when you feel like you need a change.

Nail The Application

No matter how much time and effort you put into finding the perfect color if it’s not applied properly it will look like a mess. The first step to a flawless application is to exfoliate your lips and then apply a coat of lip primer. This is going to help give you a smooth finish as well as staying power. Then you’ll want to grab a no-bleed lip liner that matches your lipstick. Follow your lipline exactly with the eyeliner to get a crisp clean edge and then fill your lips in with the liner. This will give you a nice base color to keep the color of your lipstick true. Now it’s time for the lipstick. Be careful to stay inside the edges of the liner so that the color doesn’t bleed. Congratulations you just nailed the application and will have perfect red lips that will last the entire night, or day. There are no limits!

If you need help choosing your perfect red or if you need a professional makeup application for a special event, the talented stylists at Anna’s Salon Elite are here for you with expert advice and skills.  You can find us at 2616 Brodhead Road in Aliquippa, give us a call at 724.375.8511, or for your convenience, visit our website to book an appointment online. And don’t forget to swing by our online store to shop for all of your beauty product needs.

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