Expert Tips for Choosing Your Perfect Shade Of Red Lipstick

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Expert Tips for Choosing Your Perfect Shade Of Red Lipstick

Red lipstick is the little black dress of the makeup world. It’s something that every well-stocked makeup bag should have because it’s always right for any occasion from grocery shopping to a ballroom. Red lips are a classy vintage look that has stood the test of time to remain a beauty staple of women all around the world. But despite this, many women tend to shy away from this bold lip color because they lack the confidence to wear it. Often this is because the shade that they have tried simply isn’t the right one for them. Once you find your perfect shade and see how gorgeous it looks on you, you’ll be ready to wear this classic lip color everywhere you go. Here are a few simple expert tips to help you choose your perfect red and feel like you just stepped out of a magazine every time you put it on.

Finding your perfect red isn’t an exact science. If you feel beautiful when you put it on, that’s really all that matters. But if you feel awkward and uncomfortable or if the color feels too bold for you then you should keep searching. Here are a few tips to use as a starting point to help you find the perfect shade of red that works well with your complexion and makes you feel like you’re ready to take on the world.

Fair Complexions
Those with fair complexions tend to have a pink undertone to their skin. If this is you, you should look for reds that are blue or pink-based like raspberry. Berry reds will pick up the pink tones in your skin and brighten that gorgeous smile. You’ll want to stay away from orangey reds as they will clash with your complexion.

Light Complexions
Light complexions usually lean more towards neutral or warm undertones. To compliment light skin look for something with a tinge of orange like coral red. The golden tones of an orange-red shade will bring out the warmth and brighten your complexion without overpowering your light complexion.

Medium Complexions
People with medium complexions are the ones to tan easily, but the tan also fades easily. Your perfect red may change from season to season, depending on how much sun you get. Orange-based reds will be more flattering in the warmer months when you’re soaking up the sun, but in winter when your tan starts to fade blue-based reds may better compliment your lighter skin and brighten your smile.

Olive Complexions
If you have a yellowish-green undertone to your skin and tan very easily, you have an olive complexion. Warm, earthy shades like brick red or rust really compliment your bronze skin very well creating the look of effortless beauty.

Dark Complexions
Red lips against dark skin are strikingly beautiful, and dark complexions can handle bolder colors than their fair-skinned friends. Think intense colors like merlot or oxblood. Deep maroons, wines, and berry shades are the perfect choices for deep skin tones. And of course, you can never go wrong with a true red.

True Red- One Shade Fits All
There is one shade of red that looks good on everyone no matter their skin tone and that is a true red. This red has the perfect balance of blue and orange undertones meaning that it blends well with any complexion. Everyone should have a tube of true red lipstick on their vanity because you just never know when you might need it.

Perfect Application
Now that you’ve found your perfect red, it’s time to master the perfect application. The first step is to prep your lips by exfoliating and then applying lip primer. Next, apply a no-bleed lip liner. First, draw the outline and then fill in your lips with the liner to give you a good solid base color. Blot with a tissue and then apply your lipstick on top, being careful not to extend past the edge of the liner. And there you have it, the perfect red lips that will last for hours.

If you’d like some help choosing your perfect colors and learning to apply them correctly or if you have a special event coming up that you need a professional application for, the talented makeup artists at Charles Ifergan are here to make sure that your makeup is always flawless for any occasion. Schedule an appointment online today or download our free mobile app from iTunes or Google Play to schedule appointments easily from your phone. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our three convenient locations in downtown Chicago Oak Street, Deerfield, or Oakbrook.