The Secret To Finding The Perfect Red Lipstick

Written by: Yeung Yeu-Gynn

“Do your squats, eat your vegetables, wear red lipstick, and don’t let boys be mean to you.” – Kendall Jenner

There’s no better confidence-booster than painting your pout in a vivid shade of crimson. Every woman’s best friend is her favourite red lipstick. However, you’ll soon realize that some red lipsticks are different from others. Some work for you and others simply don’t spark joy. It can be a bit of a difficult task if you’re not sure of which shade of red complements your skin tone perfectly. No two red lipsticks are made the same. We’ll show you how to find the ideal red lipstick that works for you. Don’t worry – everyone looks absolutely stunning in this iconic Hollywood staple!

Determine your undertones

Get this – it’s not really about your skin tone. Your undertones play tremendous role in your quest for the perfect red lipstick. Your undertones are determined by the layer beneath your skin. You’ll either have cool (pink), warm (yellow/ golden) or neutral undertones. This is pretty important as your undertones affect how red lipstick shades look on you. If the veins in your wrist look blue, you’re probably cool-toned. If they look green, you’re probably warm-toned. However, if you seem to have both or can’t tell, you probably have neutral undertones. As for jewellery, cool-toned babes look better in silver, and warm-toned beauties look better in gold. Neutral girls have it best as they look good in both gold and silver jewellery.

Meanwhile, if you tan easily, you probably have warm undertones. However, if you tend to burn under the sun instead, you probably have cool undertones. If you fall in the middle of both, you may have neutral undertones.

The best red lip shade for cool undertones

True-blue red lipsticks work best on cool undertones, and tend to contrast boldly with one’s light and cool skin tone. The blue undertones in red lipstick will make your teeth appear whiter too. If you’re searching for a lipstick worthy of your pout, Sephora’s cream lip stain in Always Red is the ideal true-blue red. For a touch of otherworldly glam, you may choose wine or burgundy red lipsticks for the occasion, like Maybelline’s Creamy Matte lipstick in Divine Wine. Sometimes, a girl just wants to wear dark lipstick, even if it’s for a quick run to the grocery store.

The best red lip colour for warm undertones

If your undertones are warm, orange-reds and brown-reds probably work best for you. These red tones will flatter your warm skin better than cool reds. True-blue reds may cause your lips to appear washed out but orange-reds and brown-reds will surely pop against your skin tone. For a terracotta red worthy of the golden hour, don’t hesitate to swipe on our local brand’s Velvet Vanity’s liquid lipstick in Baewatch. Meanwhile, coral reds are all the rage right now, so paint your pout in a lovely Pantone-approved shade of Colourpop Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in Creeper.

The best red lip shade for neutral undertones

Babes with neutral undertones, thank the goddess of beauty because all shades of red could probably work for you. You’ll rock most red lipsticks – except the ones you don’t like due to personal preference, of course. If you’re playing it safe, go for a classic red lipstick with subtle hints of blue undertones like M.A.C’s cult favourite Ruby Woo. It’s also Taylor Swift’s favourite red lipstick, so you know you won’t go wrong with this! For a bold statement, try a night out with an unapologetically bright, cherry red lipstick like Urban Decay’s Vice lipstick in 69.

When in doubt, wear red lipstick. You’ll soon find that your mood is lifted almost instantly! What is your ideal red lipstick? Tell us all about your favorite red lipsticks(s) in the comments below!