There’s something about red lipstick that says both sexy and sophisticated all in one. Finding the right red, however is another story altogether. Should you go for a muted red? Cherry red? Something brighter like fire truck or deeper along the lines of berry tones? Then of course, you have to decide if you want a sheer finish, something matte or something satin.
Who knew that much could go into finding a lipstick that suits you. Here are my top 5 ways to finding your perfect shade.
Go for “true red “
Most makeup companies and artists that are worth their salt will know what you’re talking about if you ask them for a true red: it’s usually the perfect balance between an orange, pink and blue undertone and suits almost everyone. However, it’s usually a very bold, striking shade which, while it may suit everyone, is not something everyone is most comfortable with. Which brings me to my next few points.
Find your celebrity match
I’m not talking doppelgänger, but someone who has similar features to you in terms of skin, hair colour and eye colour. For instance, my match would be Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez and maybe Sonam Kapoor. I don’t look anything like these celebrities, but we do have the three basics mentioned above in common.
Google them with red lipstick
You’ll find the shade that suits them most, whether it’s something brighter and orangey or something deeper and more pink toned. If you’re lucky, you may even find a site with the exact shade they use and you can go out and try it out for yourself.
Start off sheer
If you’re not used to red lipstick, start off with something sheer like a stain or even dotting on lipstick with your finger to a lighter shade. This builds your confidence and helps you pick out a shade you’re most comfortable with. There’s nothing worse than wearing a bright lipstick but being self conscious about it.
Look at your existing lipstick shades
What do you find most flattering on your skin tone? Pink shades or brown tones? If you’re more likely to wear pinks, go for something with a pink undertone that’s a little more on the lighter red spectrum. If you prefer browns, go for Berry shades or orange undertones. Don’t be afraid to take your favourite lipstick along to the makeup store and ask them to find you a red that’s along the same shade line.
PS, I’m wearing Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in 714 (a cult fave!)