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Make-Up Artist Michelle Kinsella On The Right Red Lipstick For Your Skin Tone

by Holly O'Neill
08th Nov 2017

Perennial mattes, classic rouges, barely-there nudes and dramatic hues – in the November issue of IMAGE, on shelves nationwide now, we outline the highly pigmented formulas, seasonal shades and limited edition lipsticks that will have you puckering up. 

There’s red for every skin tone, you just need to find the one for you. Make-up artist Michelle Kinsella (michellekinsella.com) shares the shades that flatter every complexion.


MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, €20

“If you are paler, go for the bluey undertoned lipsticks to bring your skin to life. MAC Russian Red is a beautiful option.”

“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” – Gabrielle Chanel.


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in 57, €33

“If you are medium skin toned with a bit of a tan the corally colours work really well. Yves Saint Laurent have a fabulous range of coral red lipsticks across the range.”

“All my life I’ve pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me. It’s exactly as if I’d said, ‘I want rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple’ — they have no idea what I’m talking about. About the best red is to copy the color of a child’s cap in any Renaissance portrait.” – Diana Vreeland


e.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Wine Tour, €5.41

“Darker skin tones can really take their pick. A rich wine colour works as well as a bright cherry red. IsaDora have new range of lip creams and Loving Red is a beautiful vibrant red. E.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Wine Tour is a nice burgundy.”

This article originally appeared in the November issue of IMAGE, on shelves nationwide now.