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When it comes to lipstick, there is no color more iconic than red. Whether it’s a lip stain, stick, liquid lip, or gloss, red lips have been a staple for generations. Red exudes power and confidence, so it’s no wonder it’s been a favorite for so long. But what we love the most about red lips are the many different shade options. But with so many shades of red, what is the best lipstick for your skin tone? Well, with our experience in makeup, we are here to tell you which shade of lipstick might just be perfect for you!
1. Best Lipstick for Fair Skin
Some people with fair skin might think that they cannot pull off a red lip. We’re here to tell you this is not the case. If you’re someone with lighter skin, you should opt for berry reds or any cool-toned red lip. These shades will really pop against your light skin and give you a vibrant glow. As for finishes, cream, liquid gloss, or matte shade will do!
Here are some of our favorite red lip products for light skin:
2. Best Lipstick for Medium Skin
Medium skin works really well with a large range of colors and finishes. For medium skin tones, we generally recommend very bright vibrant reds (either cool or warm-toned). So try a fiery red or terra cotta, or if you’re feeling playful, you could even opt for a fuchsia! While it may not be a true red, fuchsia is a color that not many can pull off. So if you have it, flaunt it, right?
Here are some of our favorite red lip products for medium skin:
- Mac Matte Lipstick in Chili
- NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam
- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl
3. Best Lipstick for Dark Skin
For darker skin, you want something that is going to stand out while still complementing your deeper tones. Depending on what you’re wearing and the other makeup you have on, we recommend Wine Reds, Berry Reds, and Brick Reds (any finish, whether glossy or matte, should look great)! We have found that any of these do a fine job complimenting deeper tones and giving your skin that perfect glow.
Here are some of our favorite red lip products for dark skin:
- NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Star Woman
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lip in Sarafine
- Colour Pop Lippie Stix in Trust Me
Sporting red lips is for everyone. However, we do have a few more tips to share that will work for any skin tone! First and foremost: take care of your lips! Make sure to exfoliate them with a sugar scrub, and if you’re going in with a matte lipstick, be sure that you have moisturized your lips before applying!
For glossy lips, be sure to use a lip liner. Lip liner is going to help prevent your glossy lips from feathering at the edges and will keep your lips looking sharp. In addition, make sure to bring your glossy lip with you wherever you are going! We all know that the gloss wears off after a while, so if you want it to stay looking fresh, you may need to reapply a few times throughout the day or night.
Finally, don’t forget the finger trick! We have all gotten red lipstick on our teeth at some point. Well, we’re here to tell you there is a great trick to prevent that! Right after applying your lipstick, put your index finger in your mouth, close your lips around it in the shape of an “O”, and then pull your finger out. This is going to remove all the lipstick that had the chance of getting on your teeth. Just remember: if it’s a matte lipstick, you may need to act fast!