You’ve always wanted to rock red lipstick, and not just for a glitzy holiday party. The trouble is, you’re not sure what red will go best with your skin tone, and you don’t want to end up looking like a clown.
If you go down the Google rabbit hole, you’ll find a hundred sites that tell you that one certain shade of red is best for you. Then you’ll find another hundred sites that totally contradict that. And now you’re back to having no idea how to pick out that perfect hue.
Instead of giving you our official guide on what shade goes with what skin tone, hair color, or eye color, we decided to show you four great shades on four different gals. After all, there are too many factors at play when settling on “The” red for you. Take a look at each of these beauties wearing the same four lip-shades, then decide for yourself what works best for you.
When it comes to beauty, there are no rules as we see it — only room to get creative and play it up for any occasion. Now, time to pucker up!
1. MAC Ruby Woo A83 ($16): As a stylist, this is my go-to for pretty much everyone. It has a good balance of cool and warm tones, and hits the hue right in the middle. It is 100 percent matte, won’t rub off, and tends to look different on everyone.
As you can see in the photos, the shades look different on every gal. Coral undertones come out against tan skin, magenta against blond hair, a deep crimson for the brunette, and a pretty pure pop of red for our resident ginger.
2. Dior Addict Extreme 789 Bellissima ($43): This next option is luminous, shiny, and super long wearing. I like the vibrant candy-like tone of it. And the undertones in this one are red, violet, and rose.
This one just looks ridiculously glamorous on every gal. The glossy finish is red-carpet-ready, and it adds a touch of sparkle to each lady’s look.
3. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Satin Brownish Red 44 ($20): This long lasting option is much earthier, with brown undertones. The extreme pigmentation allows for one-stroke coverage, meaning you can apply and be ready to go in a matter of seconds.
You can instantly see that this one has a little rust hue going on, and creates an earthier look.
4. NARS Semi Matte Jungle Red 1011 ($26): Finally, we’ve got a heavy hitter from NARS. This lipstick is semi matte, highly pigmented and non-drying so you won’t have to deal with crackly post-lipstick lips. The undertone here is blue.
Finally, it’s pretty amazing just how different this looks on each woman. Going clockwise from the top left, it goes from a little coral to pretty in pink to deep crimson to a glossy magenta-inspired hue.
And now, outtakes! :)
Thanks to Anj, Lisa, Cecelia and Roxy for modeling their pretty pouts.
Do you wear red lipstick? What’s your favorite shade? Any of the ones above? Talk to us in the comments below.