January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am , by Mandy Hendrix
Think that bold red lipstick is too daring? Today’s guest blog is from Karla Sugar who solves the mystery of the right red by showing how different intensities and textures affect color by swatching a few lipsticks on herself. Check out more fun makeup swatching that she’s done at karlasugar.net.
Venturing into the world of red lipstick can be daunting. There are so many options. How do you find the shade that’s right for you?
Don’t feel overwhelmed. You can find a lipstick you love by answering a few easy questions.
First: do you look better in gold necklaces or silver? If you look better in gold, try a warm red lipstick. Warm reds have peach, orange, or coral tones, and are complimentary to certain skintones.
If you look best in silver jewelry, try a cool red. Cool red lipsticks have blue tones.
If you’re making your first red lipstick purchase, if you’re very fair, or if you’re mostly the “natural makeup” type, you may want to start with a sheer red. Sheer lipsticks build on your natural lip color, so they may look mild in a swatch, but they’re quite flirty on the lip. Sheer lipsticks are less dramatic and more forgiving than full coverage formulas.
The deeper your skintone (and the more pigmented your lips), the easier it is for you to pull off deeper shades of red and full coverage formulas.
The most important thing to remember when you’re looking for that perfect red: It’s just makeup. If you don’t love the first shade you try on, you can always wipe it off and try again.
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