When it comes to lipsticks, we think it’s safe to say that they never remain the same for years on end. Lipstick styles, textures, colors, and trends are always changing with the emergence of every new generation and their method of expressing themselves. However, red lipsticks are the one constant in our lives that we can all count on blindly. Red lipstick is like that friend who comes to pick you up when you’re stranded somewhere alone, the one who always has your back and never leaves your side. We all deserve a friend like that in our lives.
Tragically, even in such modern times when makeup has evolved from a necessity to a form of expression and art, some people still have ridiculous ideas such as that red lipsticks do not suit certain skin colors. That is quite a warped view of the world and one we are here to prove false. Red lipstick looks fantastic on everyone, no matter their skin color, face shape, sense of style etc. The person who can truly wear red lipstick well is one that wears it with confidence. As long as you think you look great, nothing else matters.
Red for All
We are quite lucky to live in a time such as today because we have a wide array of options laid out for us to choose from when it comes to lipsticks. The makeup industry has revolutionized and became a diverse playground for people from all walks of life to play in. Makeup gives people the freedom to express themselves in whatever way they choose to do so and in an era where people are obsessed with pretending to be someone other than themselves, it is a refreshing change.
There are various cosmetic brands and companies worldwide that have introduced red lipsticks in numerous shades, textures, and kinds. Lipsticks are not a matte bullet shape anymore but we have numerous types to choose from such as liquid lipsticks, lip glosses, lip stains etc. The multitude of shades and textures allow everyone to rock a red lip color on their own terms and preferences. If you are indeed on the look-out for your perfect red shade then the only thing you should keep in mind is your skin. Your lipstick should compliment your skin color as well as the undertones in it.
Fair-skinned people might think that they can wear any shade or color of red lipstick and it would look great. If you think you can pull it off that’s great but sometimes it does not end up looking too good. Fair complexions tend to have cool undertones and a natural flush to their skins. To compliment that, you should look for reds that have blue or purple undertones. It would make your skin pallor look healthy and teeth whiter. Some of the best red lipsticks for fair skin are:
• Colourpop Matte Lux Lipstick in Hi Striker
This drugstore matte red lipstick is a fire engine red shade that is pigmented enough to coat your lips nicely with just one swipe. It is blue-toned which would make your fair skin look brighter.
• Flesh Beauty Proud Flesh Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Brazen:
You may not like liquid lipsticks due to their dry texture but this one is great because it does not dry out your lips. It can last for the whole day, requiring only minimal upkeep and the slightly warm undertones will make you look healthy.
• TPSY Absoliptly Lipstick in Cherry On Top:
Not everyone is an avid fan of a vibrant red shade and that is okay because there are so many other shades to play with. This lipstick is a deeper red like berries and has a smooth satin finish. One great thing about it is that it can become shinier the more layers you apply.
Medium or olive skin toned people may have the best chance of pulling off any red shade. They have the advantage because medium complexions can pull off many shades of red. However, medium skin tone has warmer undertones and wearing a red lip color with orange or peach undertones can really bring out the glow in your face. Bright and warm shades of red with hints of orange in it can make highlight the bronze glow in your skin. The best lipsticks for medium skin colors are:
• RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick in RMS Red:
This bright red has warm undertones that if you were to pair it with a bit of bronzer and gold highlighter, then you would look like a reincarnation of a Greek goddess. This lip color looks even more stunning during warmer weather and will bring out the summer-loving side in you.
• Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura:
Medium complexions have one thing working against them, their skin can come off looking sallow because of the slight green undertones. To combat this issue, you can wear this tangerine red lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury that will make you look warm and flushed with a healthy glow.
• M.A.C. Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger:
M.A.C. is a favorite of many beauty and makeup lovers for their range of red lipsticks. This particular shade may come off looking more like a bright cherry shade but once you layer it on your lips, it will bring out warm orange shades in it.
One of the biggest makeup lies ever told was that people with deep or dark complexions cannot pull off red lipstick. Deep complexions work amazingly with reds than any other shades. The rich and dark skin complexion favors bright red lipsticks the most and paired with a bit of bronzer, eye makeup, and highlighter, you can pull off a great evening look. If you are looking for your perfect red lipstick then look for bright candy apple shades or deeper berry shades of red in a matte finish. Some of the best red lipsticks for deep complexions are:
• Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl:
This lip color is one of the pure red shades that everyone needs in their makeup collection. This is the kind of red that everyone, no matter their skin color, can pull off. It has no intense warm or cool undertones and the matte satin finish makes it the perfect red lipstick you should own.
• Nyx Pin-Up Pout Lipstick in Revolution:
If you are not in the mood to wear a bold and bright red, then you can pair this dark berry color with a smokey eye for the perfect subtle but red makeup look. The burgundy and brown shades of the lipstick would look heavenly on dark complexions.
• The Lip Bar Matte Liquid Lipstick in Red:
This bright but deep red shade has a smooth satin matte finish that does not make your lips dry and will last throughout the day with little to none maintenance required. This can be worn for evening looks with dark eye makeup or during the day with a hint of highlighter, bronzer, and some mascara. Who wouldn’t love such a versatile lipstick?