How To Find Your Perfect Shade Of Red Lipstick

Ever notice how some girls can just own it in red lipstick, and others really don’t?

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Red can be overwhelming, but there are a few tricks to mastering it.

First up, if you don’t normally wear red, ease into it. Sometimes a red gloss can be a good stepping stone to get you used to such a strong color – you don’t need to launch straight into red in its boldest form.

Next, know which undertone is right for your skin.

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If you are fair skinned, try a blue based red.
If you have an olive complexion you will look better in an orange based fire engine red or a brick red.
If you are dark complected a deeper more burgundy based red will look amazing.

A true, movie star red (like Julie Hewett Rouge Noir) looks amazing on pretty much everyone.

The key to owning it in a red lip is to keep everything else simple.
Keep your foundation clean, accent your brows and keep your eye almost bare.

Be a little bit more specific with your application – red needs more definition. A messily applied beige is neither here nor there, but a messily applied red lust looks awful.

Cameron Diaz, jeans, white shirt and red lips

A final note: don’t save red lipstick for when you’re dressing up. It looks killer with jeans or cutoffs and a white shirt.

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