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Red Lipstick - A Guide to Finding Your Perfect Shade

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A bold red lip is such a classic and timeless look. Some cult favourites include "Ruby Woo" by M.A.C, "L'Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge" by Lancome, "999" by Dior and "Pirate" by Chanel. Most women tend to be intimated by this colour though as there is not a single red lipstick that flatters every skin tone. The wrong shade of red is just as unflattering as wearing stripes with polka dots. We're here to help you get over your fear of wearing a red lip. First, you'll need to find your undertone.

How to find your undertone:

The jewellery test - Try on some silver and gold jewellery. If you look better in gold, you have a warm undertone. If both silver and gold suit you, your undertone is neutral! 

The veins test - Look at your inner forearms. If your veins are a blue or purple shade, you have a cool undertone and if they are green, you have a warm undertone. If you can't really tell what colour they are, you have a neutral undertone.

The white shirt test - If a pure white colour flatters your complexion the most, you have a cool undertone. If off-white colours suit you best, you have a warm undertone. If you can't decide which shade of white looks best on you, you are netural!

Now that you've determined your undertone, you can use the chart below to find the perfect red shade for you:

red lip chart

 

 

fair - cool
If you have fair skin with a cool undertone,
a raspberry red or blue based red lipstick is ideal.
The blue tones will flatter your complexion and give
the illusion of whiter teeth.

 

 

 

 

Try These

 

Ruby Woo                                                  Raspberry

                                                        

 

 

 

 

fair - warm
If you have fair skin but a warm undertone;
muted orange-red colours will compliment
your undertones. Look for shades with just
a hint of orange, don't go overboard.

 

 

 

Try These

 

Chili                                                  Kylie Cosmetics 22

                                                     

 

 

 

medium - cool
If you have a medium complexion with
a cool undertone, choose wine reds with
earthy or blue shades. These shades are
far from a true red, but will look amazing
on your skin tone.

 

 

 

Try These

 


Cassava                                                   Rustic

                                                        

 

 

 

 

medium - warm
A medium complexion with warm
undertones would look amazing with
warmer deeper reds such as a brick red.

 

 

 

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Matte Romance                                                    Burnt Red
                                                         

 

 

 

 

dark - cool
Vampy, brown-ish red dark lipsticks
will flatter a dark complexion with
a cool undertone.

 

 

 

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Adoring                                         Pearl Next Door
                                              

 

 

 

 

dark - warm
Bright orange-red or scarlet coloured
lipsticks pair perfectly with a warm
toned, dark complextion.

 

 

 

Try These


Rouge Flamboyant                                                   Striking