Style & Beauty
Find the Red that’s Right for You
12/2/2017 3:03:05 PM
The Right Red

At Christmastime, rich, vibrant red isn’t just for decking the halls. Red lipstick is also the quickest way to look ultra-glamorous, not to mention festive, for any holiday event. But with a million red lipsticks out there to choose from, it can be hard to find the one that best suits your skin tone. Here’s a handy guide for choosing the red that’s right for you. 

Find your undertone

The perfect red lipstick draws attention for all the right reasons: it makes lips pop and skin seem to glow. The best way to get the full benefit of a red lip color is to find a shade that matches skin’s undertones, or the color of skin that lies just beneath the outer layer. 

To find your undertones, just look at your veins. If the veins on the insides of your wrist are blue or purple, then you have cool undertones. If they’re green or olive, then you have warm undertones. If they’re a combination of these colors, then your undertones are neutral. 

If you’re cool, think berries

Many guides to finding the right red lipstick will advise shoppers with cool undertones to seek out "blue reds,” which can be confusing, since those are literally two unrelated colors. Generally speaking, when beauty experts talk about blue reds, they mean colors similar to the stains left behind by fresh berries, like raspberry red or even deeper, wine-tinted hues. 

If you’re warm, think fire

Those with warmer skin tones often look best in reds that have a bit more orange in them to blend with the slightly yellowish undertones in the skin. Orangey-reds are generally closer to the color of a sunset or even what we think of when we say "true” red. 

If you’re neutral, hit the bricks

Since neutral tones contain both pink and red, blue and orange red options could work. However, even those with neutral undertones usually fall toward one end of the spectrum or the other, so to test out red lipsticks, try different reds out on the inside of your wrist and see how they work next to the color of your veins. One option that works great with neutral undertones is a brick red lipstick. Since brick red is more brownish than the others, it can work with either undertone for a look that flatters. 

Of course, when it comes to makeup, there are really no "rules,” only what works best for you. If you’ve got warm undertones but find a berry-colored lipstick that makes you feel great, wear it! There’s no better accessory than confidence.
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