Monday, September 9, 2013


Wearing a red lip is a quick way to glam up any look while also looking classy and chic, but picking a red lipstick to compliment your skin tone is more important than you might think. Wearing a lipstick that is too bright for your skin tone can leave you looking like a clown and something that is too blue-based can also leave you looking like you have frost bitten lips.
The following is a break down on which reds go best with different skin tones {In case you are all wondering, I have light to medium skin but more on the light side}. If you are not any of these skin tones, then just find an in between colour of the two closest shades OR, if in doubt, just go for a coral- red since it is a universally flattering colour and it looks good on everyone.

Fair Skin Tones
{Pink and yellow undertones}

- For pink undertones, go with a coral red or a matte red with a hint of orange in it
- For yellow undertones, go for a coral or brick red that is a bit on the warmer side

Medium to Bronzed Skin Tones
{Olive to golden skin}

- Luckily for you, most shades will work with your skin tone, so go crazy!
- Pink based reds, cranberry and true reds look beautiful with your skin tone

Dark Skin Tones
{Deeper complexions with cool undertones}

- Blue-based reds and/or cool shades like fig, dark cherry, plum red look best with your colouring
- Anything brighter than those shades can sometimes look a little too harsh

Though, you can wear whatever shade lipstick you want, these are just tips on what reds look best with each skin tone.

What shade of red are you?
Share it in the comments below!

Have a great day and thanks for reading, xo!!


  1. ive never heard of this before ash! i love the idea of matching your skin tone with a lip shade..guess im coral :) great article!

    XO Meghan

  2. This is so great! I've always known basic red doesn't look good on EVERYONE, but it's helpful to know exactly what kind of shade to reach for.

  3. Great post. It's so useful.


  4. This is a great post! It's so hard to know what color will look best on your skin tone based off what it is in the package... thank goodness for Ulta's return policy! This will be helpful in the future :)

  5. That is funny. I have light skin and like coral and orange tones. Though I am more of a l gloss person.

    Ali of Dressing Ken

  6. I don't usually wear lipstick, mostly because I never know what color to get. Thanks for the tip!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  7. Thank you for this! Never though to try out an orangey-red before :) x

  8. Such a great post! I for most of the times wear coral red, but for fall and winter I might consider using a darker color! :)

  9. I always love makeup guides because I am by no means a makeup expert! I've found that coral and orange-reds look best on me so i think I have some yellow undertones.


  10. I'm definitely pink based/cranberry reds. My fave red shade right now is Ruby Woo by Mac.

    XO Kelley

  11. This post is spot on! I recently discovered cranberry shades for my olive skin and couldn't be happier!

    Thanks for the cheat sheet!

    Simply Sabrina

  12. Great Cheat Sheet!

  13. Wow this is a great post! I recently found that pink-based shades look pretty good on me so I can say this post is spot-on!

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  14. I have the worst time figuring this out...hopefully this will help!

  15. I have such a hard time figuring this out for my fair skin! Red just can be entirely too overpowering!

  16. This actually helped so so so much!!
    Kristin xx

  17. I seriously need to try a red lip. I can't believe I haven't yet. I need to get over these nerves. lol. Hope you're doing well, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo

  18. I have light skin but try to stay away from orange undertones because it matches my red hair! What do you think? thanks for your sweet comment on my blog recently :)

    Xo, Amanda

    1. Try going for a brick red colour! :)

  19. This really helped! :d Cranberry all the way!

    Monica Harmony's Blog

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  21. I use ruby woo by mac and I've seen it on so many different skin tones and it always looks good. I call it the miracle red lipstick.

  22. i always like blue-based reds better on myself :)

  23. cool post!! thanks for the tips!! gonna be really helpful!!

  24. I admit that a red lip totally scares me. Well, most lipstick in general scares me! I'm a lip gloss kinda girl.

    The Tiny Heart

  25. How cool, what a great chart...

    I totally fall into the pink based and cranberry which are what I choose when I get off the nude wagon ;] Lol

    I am going to experiment more with red this fall! Thanks for inspiring me!!

    The Parlor Girl

  26. Oohh I have light/med skin and I've been loving Revlon lip butter in Juicy Papaya which is more coral/orange. haha.. great post!

    xo - Sheila

    1. I also wear Juicy Papaya and it's one of my favorite lip butters to wear :)

  27. I love all kinds of reds! I am fair skinned so I do stick to the more coral orangie colors! Happy Tuesday!


  28. Great resource- because every girl needs a red lipstick in her beauty arsenal. :)


  29. This post is so helpful! Thanks girl!

  30. They say, whenever you are confused, wear red. Its always fashionable. And thank you for this good tips. Sometimes red can be confusing when you have a darker sin.
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  31. This is something every woman should know, I didn't know this untily I read it at a magazine, so after tons or wrong red, I finally found my perfect cherry red lipstick!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

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    This is such an amazing post, im in love! (:
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    Have a really nice day :)

  33. What a great post!! I am always wondering what color to wear and this really helped :)

    Amanda Marie

  34. I love the look of a bright lip...just not sure if I'm brave enough to try the trend.... I would fall into the cranberry reds according to your post, hopefully one day I'll feel brave and try it! Great find!


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