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What’s the best red lipstick for my skin tone?


by Holly O'Neill
22nd Feb 2019
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Over on our Instagram Stories, we asked you to ask us any beauty question and we’d get an expert to answer it. On Twitter, @_melaniemay asked, “I have loads of red lipsticks that I never wear as they look really ‘off’ on my face. I’m so pale and I just can’t get the look right!”

The secret is, there’s a red for every skin tone. You just need to find the one for you. We asked make-up artist Michelle Kinsella to share the shades that flatter every complexion.

PALE SKIN TONES

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.

MEDIUM SKIN TONES

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

DARKER SKIN TONES

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.”

Backstage photography by Jason Lloyd Evans. 

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