Here’s How to Choose the Perfect Red Lipstick according to your Skin Tone


Let us begin by telling you that you have been wearing the wrong shade of your favorite lipstick all along. Oops! How does that feel? Bad, right? We know that a red lipstick is quick to upgrade your look, but honey, you need to know if it looks good on your complexion or not. However, just like choosing foundation and concealer according to your skin tone, one must choose the correct shade of red. Sorry, but that ‘Ruby Woo’ or ‘Russian Red’ lying in your drawer might not be the right shade for you!

Okay, so let us break this to you. It’s never about the color. In fact, it’s all about how bright and intense that red shade is. It is indeed frustrating right now, and even more, when you’re at your favorite makeup store, trying to pick out that perfect shade of red! Remember, it should complement your complexion.

Anyway, there are a few rules to stick to if you want to choose the perfect red lip color that would ACTUALLY look amazing on you, according to your skin tone. So, let’s begin!


1. Find out your undertone

Everyone out there has an undertone. There is a layer underneath the top skin which defines your undertone. An individual would either have a cool (pink), neutral or warm (yellow) undertone. And right now, if you’re panicking about not knowing your undertone, relax!

There are many ways of finding your undertone color. The most common way of finding out your undertone is the Vein Test. Don’t freak out! 😀

Here’s what you have to do:

Go out in the daylight and look at the veins in your wrist. If they’re blue, you have a cool undertone. If they’re green, then you have a warm undertone. If you can’t really tell, then you have a neutral undertone! Easy? We knew it!

2. Choosing the Lipstick

Once you’re done finding out your undertone, choosing a red lipstick will be much easier for you! Here’s how:

Orange-Red Lipstick:


So, for all those who have a warm undertone should lean more towards orange and yellow toned reds. A highly-pigmented orange-red lipstick with contrast to your warm undertone would suit you way better than the blue-red!

Lipstick in the picture: Lady Danger by Mac

Blue-Red Lipstick:

For cool undertones, choosing a red lipstick with a blue tone would be the ideal shade for you and will bring your skin to life!

Lipstick in the picture: Ruby Woo by Mac

Oh, and for those with a neutral skin tone, you ladies can pretty much pull off either of the two!

Note: Before purchasing your red lipstick, don’t forget to test it out. If you’re confused about the shades, they’re pretty much prominent. Brighter reds would fall into orange-reds, whereas, deeper/darker shades would fall into blue-reds!

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