Getting the right red is all about determining your skin tone, whether warm, cool or neutral
Bold red lips are an iconic look, and are perfect for holiday-party season.
Makeup artist Haley Hansen, based in St. Louis, says getting the right red is all about determining your skin tone, whether warm, cool or neutral.
If gold jewelry looks better on you, and the veins on your wrist look more green than blue, you have warm undertones and you should look for a red with an orange or yellow tone.
If silver jewelry looks better on you, and the veins on your wrist look more blue than green, your skin has cooler undertones. A berry or pinkish red, or one with blue undertones, will look best.
Neutral skin tones can carry both cool and warm reds.
Here are some picks for red lipsticks based on which skin tones they suit.
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine ($7.50 at drugstores). For darker skin with cooler tones, this is a flattering matte shade.
Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in Velvet Cherry ($54 at Sephora). This creamy formula glides on for a smooth application. The blue-toned, cherry red will make your teeth appear whiter.
Chanel Ultra Wear Lip Color in Daring Red ($37 at Nordstrom). This lip stain can be worn more sheer than lipstick. Stains work well on people with a more defined lip.
Yves Saint Laurent Couture Lip Stain in Rouge Tatouage ($36 at yslbeautyus.com). This vibrant pink-red lip stain feels weightless. And you can get free engraving on the bottle top, making it a great gift idea.
Dior Addict Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine Lipstick in My Love ($35 at Nordstrom). This sheer formula is great for those who shy away from full-coverage reds. The texture blends naturally with your lip.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice ($8.50 at drugstores). A bold but versatile color that goes well with many skin tones. It doesn’t work as well on people with red or pink undertones or ruddiness.
MAC Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger ($17.50 at Macy’s). With its intense hue, you have to be daring to wear to wear this vivid, coral red.
Nars Lipstick in Red Lizard ($28 at Sephora). Great for darker skin tones, this rich color is not completely matte so it has soft satin finish without being shiny.
Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in 300 Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in 300 ($38 at Nordstrom). This orange-toned red is long-wearing and resists fading and feathering.
Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999 Matte ($35 at Sephora). This is a classic, signature red shade with a matte finish.