A good red lipstick can be completely transformative. It can instantly turn a humble workday makeup look into one worthy of a night out, or it can be just what you need to spice up your day.
So how do you find the red that’s right for your skin tone? We’ve taken the guesswork out of getting your perfect shade for you. All you need to do is be bold.
If you have very pale or fair skin
While those with alabaster and pale complexions may fear the bold hue, the right one will work wonders in creating a standout makeup look.
A fair, peach-toned skin should wear a true red,” says Anne Salem, National Makeup Artist for Laura Mercier.
Translation: fire-engine red, which instantly brightens pale complexions.
If you have medium skin
Those with medium skin tend to have warmer undertones, and will find a different kind of red suits them better.
“Warm and orange tones look best,” says Melanie Burnicle, Revlon Makeup Director.
Think a coral or tomato-based red, which really pop against a slightly golden skin tone.
If you have olive skin
While those with a Mediterranean complexion will find most reds complement their skin tone, cool and berry tones are the go-to, and it's a good idea to embrace those orange-reds as they can really pop with your natural skin tone.
If you have dark skin
Get ready to go bold, because rich hues will look like heaven with your complexion.
“Deep wine colours are amazing on a dark skin,” says Salem, who recommends topping off your lipstick with a gloss to make your lips really stand out.
Main image photography: Edward Urrutia
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