Beauty Basics: Choosing the Perfect Red Lipstick

Posted in Beauty
on March 9, 2015



You’re feeling more confident that normal, so you want to add a little glam to your makeup look. A red lipstick is always a great go-to item if you want to try something different. But, you’re left looking for the right shade and you’re wondering how to tell if one shade looks better than another. Or, if you can even pull off red lipstick at all.

First, you CAN pull of red lipstick. Don’t have any doubts about that. However, there are a few simple tips to find the right shade of red lipstick for you. With these three steps, you’ll add the bliss back to your life and look confident with shining red lips.

Define your undertone:

Skin tones have a wide range, but it’s easy to identify based on two different tones: warm and cool. Not sure what your skin tone is? No worries. One way to test your skin tone is by looking at your veins on your wrist. If your veins appear to look green, you have a warmer skin tone. If your veins appear blue, you have a cool skin tone. If you’re still unsure about the test, asking an employee at the makeup counter is always an option.

Choose shades that complement your undertone:

If you have a warm skin tone, you’re going to want to choose red lipstick that comes with warm undertones like orange-red, etc. If you have a cool skin tone, you will want to find shades with cool undertones like blue-red.

Try different brands:

Don’t just try one brand of lipstick. Instead, try a few inexpensive brands and expensive brands because they have different formulas. You’ll test what brand works best for you! Some of my favorite brands are Estēe Lauder and Revlon for lipsticks. They both have a wide variety and have excellent quality.

I hope this post helped you learn a little more about choosing the right shade of red lipstick! Do you have a favorite red lipstick? Make sure to share it in the comments below or tweet me @BlissBrunette.

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  • great post :)) good job

  • I love Red Revival by Maybelline! It’s my go-to for anything. I didn’t test my colors or anything, but I kind of just bought different kinds until I found one that I love. I doubt I’ll ever change!


    • I love the colors from Maybelline! Revlon has a few colors similar to Red Revival, but I love the formula of Maybelline because it’s light but gives great color. Thanks for the comment!

  • I have a gazillion red lipsticks because a red lip is my jam! I always make sure to get a variety of shades ranging from light to dark and from lipglosses to regular lipstick. If I’m checking out a new shade of lipstick (just in general) I try to get a similar color in a gloss first or something super sheer and work my way up! My favorite is a color a friend gave me from Mac its got Cruella DeVille on it!

    • Red lipstick can definitely transform your look! It’s great that you’re open to a wide variety of brands, shades, etc. Thank you for the comment!

  • I know Taylor Swift loves having red lips! 🙂

  • I love wearing red lipstick, but I’ve only used one brand, which is NYX I wear Chaos, and I love it. I’d love to branch out and try more though.

    • I have never tried NYX before, so I’ll definitely need to look into that! It’s great that you found one lipstick that you love so much. Thank you for the comment.

  • I am NOT a lipstick wearer, but I did branch out and try a shade of red for some photos back in January and I LOVED it!

    • Congrats for going out of your comfort zone with makeup. Sometimes, it can be difficult to do that, but when you try something different, it makes you feel good. Thank you for your comment!

  • What a neat trick to determine what shade your skin tone is! Thanks!

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