Choosing Your Perfect Shade of Red Lipstick

NYFW 2011 was full of fabulous winter fashions but red lipstick was the most prominent of makeup trends. From Gucci to Diane Von Furstenburg , Vivianne Westwood to Milly reds ruled the runway.

Daring, classic, romantic yet bold there is a perfect red lipstick on the market that suits all skin tones. Resisting reds? I will guide you through the makeup counter maze to help you find the perfect red.

When shopping for the right red, ask yourself 2 important questions. What is your preferred lipstick texture; Matte, glossy or creamy. What color pay-off do you desire; Bright and bold, soft stain or an opaque wash of color?

If you’re a fair skin sista opt for a true red with a cherry pink to red undertone. Olive skin, try a blue based red that will stand out against your radiant complexion. Medium brown skin tones should try a lipstick with an orange value to it’s undertone, this shade will pop against beautiful brown skin. Deep chocolate skin tones should try a red with a deep pink saturation to its base tone.

My top picks for a red lip:

Revlon Color Burst Lipstick


Giorgio Armani


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  1. I love a gorgeous matte lip. MAC has quite a few fabulous shades that look good on brown skin.

  2. I have missed a post. Thank you again for these tips 🙂

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