As a makeup artist, I do not take too many risks on clients. I do not want to shock them on a special day. Trying something "new" should be on a day that is not so important to you. Like...an average Tuesday. First time I wore red lipstick about 6-7 years ago, my mom said, "Oh my God! Horrible! Please take it off" I refused. I put it on every day for years after that lol. Her eyes got so used to it that she hated it when I didn't wear red. So yes...you do not want to shock guests at an event...it takes a moment to adjust. AND you could just be wearing the wrong hue and you're off to a bad start. So here's a little guide that will help you find YOUR shade of Red!
Step 1: Undertone
A. Cool Undertone: You are considered "Cool" if you have a more pink/beige skin tone. In this case, I am not talking about sun burn/damage or rosacea, were talking about your natural under tone. Generally, your veins are blue. Go down to Step 2 Hue: Blue-Red.
B. Warm Undertone: You are considered "Warm" if you have more yellow/golden skin tone. Again, not to be confused with you tanning for summer. Generally, your veins are green. Go down to Step 2 Hue: Orange-Red
Step 2: Hue
This is the most flattering red for your under tone. You don't necessarily see the blue, but the hue is deeper and not so bright. For a more understated look, do a lighter shade of red like Mac "Ruby Woo" or a deep shade like Nars "Scarlette" for more drama!
This is the most flattering red for your under tone. You definitely see the orange in red and seems brighter than the blue-reds. For a more understated look, do a deeper red-orange like Girlactik "Iconic" or a bright tone such as LimeCrime "Suedeberry" for intensity.
Step 3: Texture
Glossy vs Matte Lips: If you're afraid of red to begin with, skip the gloss! Glossy lips always stand out a bit more dramatic. Matte lips are more subtle and are more wearable.
The Perfect Red for You!
Even though these are the "general" rules to red lips (notice how I used the word "generally" a lot in this post lol), you do not have to follow them! This guide will help you find the right shade for you and finding texture is all a preference. My advise is to wear it for a few days to get used to it before you shut it out! Hope this blog post helps! Xoxo
Hi, I am Lilit...welcome to my colorful world! I have been a professional makeup artist for 13 years and I am based in Los Angeles, Ca. This is where I blog about all my favorite things, from beauty & fashion to travel & lifestyle. As a beauty educator, I run workshops at my own studio, here in LA. 2015 sees the launch of my own formulation, Elcie Cosmetics. Follow me on my journey...