Do you think you can pull off red lips like this?
Before you answer, know that there’s a shade of red for every woman on this planet! If by any chance your answer was going to be no..You just havent found your best red yet.
To find your true shade you need to determine what kind of skin tone you possess. There are three types of tones..Warm, Cool and Neutral.
To find out your tone..
1, Flip your arm over so you have a good view of the underside of the forearm. Make sure you’re in good lighting. Daylight is best.
2, Have a look at the color of your skin. If you see undertones of yellow or orange, you’re warm-toned. If you have undertones of pink or blue, you’re cool-toned. (This applies to women of all ethnicities.)
3, Still not sure? Look at the veins running along your arm. Warm-toned gals will have a slight green tint to their veins. Cool-toned gals will have very blue, almost purple, veins.
4,If you still face doubts, stand under the sunlight with a Gold and a Silver necklace. If the gold necklace looks better on you than the silver one, you have a warm skin tone. If the silver necklace looks better on you than the golden one, you have a cool tone. If youre one of the lucky ones who can pull off both of them, congratulations. You have a neutral skin tone.
Now that you know your skin tone, it’s pretty easy to find the right shade of red lipstick.
For Warm-Toned Skin
Look for lipsticks with orange, yellow or golden hues. These shades will look best with your skin.
For Cool-Toned Skin
Pick up lipsticks with a blue base. The cooler shade will accent the coolness in your skin.
When in Doubt…
If you’re not sure if the red lipstick will look right on you, there are two things you can do:
1. Pick a shade of pure red that falls between the cool and warm categories. When you look at the color, you shouldn’t see a hue of orange or blue. Just pure, vibrant red. This shade should look good on most women, in theory. (This shade is also harder to find, but most good cosmetics companies have a true red somewhere in their lipstick line.)
2. Test it out. This works best if you’re at a department store’s cosmetics counter or at Sephora where you can test the lipsticks on site. Even if you’re at a drug store, you can purchase it to try at home and return it if it doesn’t work.When you test it on your lips, look at your skin and your teeth. Your skin should be vibrant and bright. Your teeth should look white (or as close to white as your teeth can get.) The wrong red lipstick will make you look sallow and your teeth yellow. No one wants that!
My personal go-to… Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick, True Red.
Have you sometimes found a lipstick does not look the same now you are wearing it? The secret is in understanding that the undertone colour in lipstick shows its true colours only after you’ve applied it.
So how can you tell what that undertone colour is before you are wearing it on your lips?
To find this out simply run the lipstick onto a piece of white paper. Why? It’s easier to see the undertones on white paper but harder to see on skin tone, until it’s too late.
But how do you know what to look for?
Using your favourite red lipstick, the basic undertones you might see would be:
Red-Pink Undertones make the colour seem warmer, but harder and deeper as well. Be careful as these undertones can also bring out the red tones in your skin.
Yellow-Orange Undertones make the colour warmer and softer which looks great on warm skin tones. However, if you have really pale skin these colours can bring out those green/blue undertones. To be on the safe side, lean towards the yellow side rather than the orange. Too much orange can make your skin look grey and sluggish.
Green-Blue Undertones make a lipstick more dramatic and deeper. Try to stay clear of these if possible as they can make you look like you’re standing under fluorescent lighting.
Silver-Grey Undertones add shimmer, softness and depth. You will find these tones in the shimmer lipsticks that are so popular now. However, make sure there is not too much blue/grey as this can make those under eye circles stand out.
Green Undertones – Watch out for those trendy colours that usually pair green with a yellow tone as well. Yes you’ll look cool and hip but will also feel as if you need more colour on your face.
The Rule of Thumb
Whatever skin colour you have that you don’t like (blue or gray under eye circles, redness, pink, etc) do not copy in your lipstick colour or undertone.