Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Makeup Inspirations - What red lip to wear?

I posted this picture on our Facebook Page under our "Makeup and Hair Inspirations via Pinterest" photo album yesterday, I thought a bright red lip would be a great pick me up from the Monday blues! We had a few of you ask for tips on how to choose the right red lipstick. Let's face it red can be intimidating; its bold, bright and it gets you noticed but if its the wrong red for your skin tone, it can leave all of us feeling less that spectacular. 

The good news is that everyone can wear red lips it's just a matter of choosing the right undertone. Here are some selection tips based on your coloring:

Reds are divided into two categories, warm and cool. Cool are blue-based shades (think cranberries or red wine) and tend to flatter women with pinker, rosier skin tones. 
Warm are orange-based shades (think brick red). These reds look better on women whose skin has golden, peach or tan tones.

Here are some other considerations based on skin tone:
For dark beige and bronze skin: Choose a deep cool red lipstick with a burgundy tone like Nars Viridiana.
For ivory and light beige: Choose a cool, true red. However, if you have a very fair complexion, look for a red with a pink tint to it like Smashbox Legendary.
For pale skin & red hair: Avoid blue reds and choose colors with warm undertones like terracotta reds or deep brick reds which complement skin and hair like Nars Shanghai Express. 
Medium skin, mid-brown hair: Avoid tomato reds and choose cool reds such as berry reds or deep raspberry like Too Faced Drop Dead Red.
Fair skin, blonde to brown hair: Avoid terracotta reds if you have mostly pink undertones choose true blue-red lipsticks like Givenchy's Rouge Interdit, limited edition at Sephora. 

Hope this answers the age old question of which red to wear. We are always here to answer any and all of your beauty questions so feel free to post on Facebook or email us at info@themakeupdolls.com.


The Makeup Dolls can be booked for bridal, engagement, boudoir, maternity and occasion makeup and hair. Please call 650.394.4942 or email us at info@themakeupdolls.com to contact Indiana and Violet.

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