The red lip is such an iconic beauty look and has been for absolute centuries! Women have been wearing red lipstick since make-up first began, so why is it so hard to find that perfect red?
It’s all comes down to finding the perfect red lipstick for you, because not everyone can wear that vampy blood red or a bright orange red… but never fear, I’m here to help you find your perfect shade of rouge.
Firstly, you need to figure out what skin undertone you have. Never heard of it? Basically – our skin as two layers, this is the layer underneath the top skin. We all have either a cool, neutral or warm undertone. Luckily, there are many ways in which you can test which you are. Here are a few below:
The Veins Test – I always find this one the easiest to go by. If your veins on the inside of your wrist look blue then you have a cool undertone. Whereas if you have more green veins then you would be a warm undertone. If you literally cannot tell then you’re in the neutral group!
The Jewellery Test – This test is all about your silvers and golds. If you prefer the way silver jewellery looks against your skin, you’re more likely a cool undertone. However, if you suit gold jewellery better, you could be a warm tone. If both tend to suit you then you might have a neutral undertone.
The Clothes Test – This is all about which colours and shades you can wear best. If you suit more blues, greens and bluey-reds then you are more likely a cool undertone and if you are better in yellow or orangey-reds then you have a warm undertone.
The Tan Test – This one is a little hit and miss as it can depend on your skin type. But generally, if you tend to tan well in the sun and not burn, then you may be a warm undertone. Whereas if you’re more likely to burn rather than tan, then you have a cool undertone. Those who swing both ways, could be neutral.
Don’t swear by every test though, it is just a guide and sometimes your answers might clash a little. I discovered mine mainly through trial and error and asking for help from various beauty counters. I can actually get away with cool and neutral tones, I’m pretty sure this is down to the fact that I have a tad of my mum’s olive skin gene in me!
So which red lip suits who?
People with a warm undertone usually suit more of an orangey red lip shade. Any reds with an coral or orange base work, especially with a shiny texture. A shiny rather than matte texture helps the lipstick to stand out on darker skin and enhances the colour.
Orange and yellow toned reds sit better on warmer skin tones than reds that contain blue. MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger is a perfect bright orange red that would really suit this undertone.
People who have a cool undertone usually suit more bluey red lipstick shades. This is because the blue tones in the red lipstick contrast well with the pinky tones in fair skin which helps to make your lip colour pop! Cooler tones of red compliment fair skin without washing it out and making you look clowny, they not only make fair skin look brighter but they also make teeth look whiter! A matte finish red lip suit this undertone a lot more too! I fit more into this category, and two of my favourite blue/red lippies are by MAC Cosmetics!
Ruby Woo is a bright cherry color with a cooling hint of blue and actually looks amazing on every skin tone – those with neutral tones will love this lippy.
Also, MAC’s Russian Red is an ultimate fave, it is a tad darker, more vampy crimson with neutral-to-cool undertones.
One red shade lipstick I absolutely love and would also suit those with a neutral undertone is Chanel’s Rouge Allure Lipstick in shade 104 Passion. It’s a richly pigmented, medium bright red that leans only slightly blue, but otherwise reads fairly neutral on the lips.
I hope this little guide has helped you to find your perfect red shade – just in time for Christmas too! 💋💄
See you in the next post,
Love Charlie x