Have you ever entered a beauty, drug, or department store and felt completely overwhelmed by the selection of lipsticks that stand before you? To only complicate things further, they all have different fun names despite the shades being so similar to one another that the discerning and critical eye often cannot even tell the difference!
Here is a bit of good news for you: you don’t need to try on every red lipstick shade in the place to decide just which one will look best on you. Below are some of the best rules that you must go by when deciding on a red shade of lipstick.
Choose a Red Lipstick Based on Skin Tone
When choosing the best red lipstick, it truly is dependent on one’s skin tone. There are two red lipstick base tones: blue undertones, and orange undertones
BLUE UNDERTONES: Red lipsticks with a blue undertone work best with those who have a cooler complexion. A cooler complexion includes anyone with a pinkish undertone, or a blue undertone to their skin.
ORANGE UNDERTONES: Shades of red lipstick with this undertone work best with those who have a warmer complexion. Tan, brown, or golden skin tones will benefit most from orangey-red lipstick shades.
If you were to apply an orange-based red lipstick to a person with a cooler complexion, the lipstick would have an unappealing orange hue. Similarly, if you were to apply a blue-based lipstick to a person with a warmer complexion, the lipstick would appear pinkish rather than red.
How can I Determine my Skin Tone?
As you now know, choosing the best red lipstick is very dependent on your skin tone. But how can you determine just what your skin undertone is?
Before you apply your make up, grab a clean white sheet of paper and hold it up to your face. Stand in front of a mirror. From there you should be able to see if a blue tone or a golden tone becomes apparent.
It is also possible for both a blue and golden tone to come through. This means that you have the fortunate ability to choose to wear a lipstick of either a blue undertone, or an orange undertone.
What should I Look for in a Red Lipstick?
Whether you want long lasting lipstick that will stay on all day, or a more moisturizing quick lipstick to throw on at night, there are some things that you should look for when it comes to the formulation of your lipstick. First, make sure that the lipstick has a moisturizing agent in it. Some of the most popular moisturizing agents include:
- Aloe vera
- Vitamin E
- Olive oil
Next, be sure that you choose a lipstick that has sunscreen or UV protection included so that your lips stay looking young as long as possible. Sunscreen helps keep those lip lines and wrinkles at bay.
Lastly, make an effort to buy cruelty-free products. While a lot of companies have made the shift towards producing products in a way that doesn’t subject animals to pain and punishment, there are still several which use archaic, impractical and inhuman methods of testing their products.