From Marilyn Monroe to Cleopatra, nothing says classic beauty like a stunning red lip. But with millions of shades out there, how do you find your perfect red lip? Bless Blog will show you how!
First step for choosing a Red Lip: Know your undertones!
Everyone has either cool (pink), neutral, or warm (yellow) undertones. There are a couple methods to finding out which undertone you have! Just like skin, lipstick also has undertones. Warm lipsticks are usually an orangey-red, while cool red lipsticks are more of a blue-red.
For a lip that really pops, choose a red lipstick with undertones that are opposite of your skin’s undertones. For a red lip that blends seamlessly with your complexion, stick to a red lipstick with the same undertones as your skin.
The Jewelry Test
If you favor the way silver or white gold jewelry looks against your skin, you’re more likely a cool undertone. If you look better in yellow gold, you’re probably a warm tone. If both metal tones suit you equally, you could be neutral!
Which colors suit you best? If you look stunning in blues, greens, and bluey-reds then you’re more likely a cool undertone. If you shine in yellows, corals, and orangey-reds you probably have a warm undertone.
Take a look at your wrist. If your veins look more blue or purple, you likely have a cool undertone. If your veins appear more green, you would be a warm undertone. If you can’t tell, you’re in the neutral group.
If you tan like a bronze goddess under the sun, you’re likely a warm undertone. If you just don’t tan (and are prone to sunburns!) you probably have a cool undertone.
Bless Blog’s Red Lip Picks
Red Lip For Very Fair Skin
Look for: Blue-based and coral-toned reds to complement fair skin without washing it out.
Red Lip For Fair Skin
Look for: Blue/red shades to contrast the pink tones in fair skin.
Our picks: Christian Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in 999, $37.00 and Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate, $37.00. M.A.C. Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $18.50.
Red Lip For Olive Skin
Look for: Reds with a coral or orange base and a shiny finish. Orangey-reds compliment skin with greenish undertones, and the shiny finish enhances color payoff.
Red Lip For Medium Skin
Look for: Orange-toned or deep plum-based reds, to contrast with gold and yellow-toned skin.
Our Picks: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary $21.00, NYX Slim Pencil in Plush Red, $4.00, Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color by Fenty Beauty, $24.00.
Red Lip For Dark Skin
Look for: Full bodied deep reds with blue undertones.
Red Lip For Deep Skin
Look for: True bright reds. Deep skin looks gorgeous in a variety of shades, but vibrant, strong colors especially pop.
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