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Make It Up Monday – Finding the Perfect Red Lipstick for Your Unique Complexion

Lipstick for Fair Skin Tones Make It Up Monday

Last week, we celebrated the 4th of July with some fun and inspiring makeup looks including the iconic red lip. But how do we find the right red color for our unique complexions? This post will help you get that perfect shade of red you have been looking for.

We will be looking at cool, warm and neutral undertones to help you pick the right shade of red for your lips. Let’s get into it!

What Skin Undertone Do I Have?

The skin’s undertone is the warm, cool, or neutral hue that shows through the surface color of your skin. It is important to identify your skin’s undertone so that you can pick the most compatible colors for your makeup palette.

Here are some of the skin undertones you might have:

  • Cool- Pink, red or bluish undertones
  • Warm- Yellow, peachy, golden undertones
  • Neutral – a mix of warm and cool undertones

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What Color of Red Lipstick Matches My Skin Tone?

If you are fair skin toned with red hair, rejoice, because a coral red can be your show stopper! Something with an orange undertone can pack your pucker with a punch! Think Nicole Kidman.

If you have a fair skin tone with cool undertones, try a raspberry color lipstick to compliment that cool pink tone. Think Amanda Seyfried.

If you have a medium to light complexion, a pinkish red will suit you just fine. Think Jessica Biel.

Someone with a golden complexion can rock a deep berry color lipstick that will bring warmth and help the radiance come through. Think Giselle.

If you have a medium skin tone with yellow undertones(tangerine-hued) lip will seal the deal for your kissable lips! Think Kim K.

Medium with gold undertones warrants a ‘true red’ to accentuate the lips. Think Rihanna.

Medium with neutral tones can make a blue-red lipstick the star. True reds that don’t have blue or orange undertones are winners here. Think Jennifer Aniston.

Medium to caramel tones love a brown based red lip. Think Haley Berry.

Tan with warm undertones will make any orange based lipstick fleek out! Think Jessica Alba.

Tan or olive with neutral undertones can get away with a bright cherry lip! Think Beyonce.

Tan with cool undertones does just right with a deep merlot color. Think JLo.

Dark or caramel skin with warm undertones gives life to really blue-based reds. Think Demi Lavato.

Dark with cool undertones loves a ruby red with a touch of shimmer or a wine-hued color. Hello, I’ll have what she’s having! Think Lupita Nyong.

Now, which celebrity skin tone do you match?!! Have fun painting the town RED with your perfectly stained lips. Have you tried mixing or matching different reds on your lips? Let us know in the comments section below which ones worked for you!


Image Credit

Photo by Adriana Rossetto @rossetto.adriana. Thank you to Shane Killoran for showing us her perfect shade of red. Shane is wearing false lashes by GladGirl in case you want to complete the red hot look. Check out her Instagram @sparksbk for more makeup inspiration!


Heather Coopersmith

With almost two decades as a professional makeup artist working on film projects, tv shows, photo shoots and weddings, LA based Heather Coopersmith brings some serious skills and knowledge to the Glad Lash Blog with her guest posts. Heather sees her art (and her hair!) as a creative outlet, and says "My world is a visual experience and I want to make you a part of it!" We're super excited to have Heather brightening up our world. You can reach out to Heather on Instagram @makeupthebride

Disclaimer! Opinions expressed on the Glad Lash Blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Glad Lash Inc. Content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. You should always seek professional advice before making decisions that could affect your business or clients.

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