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How To Find The Best Red Lipstick That Will Flatter Your Skin Tone

With thousands upon thousands of red lipsticks in the market, have you ever found one that looks really, really good on you, but when you tried it on, the effect wasn’t quite right for you? We feel you!

A bold red lip is such an iconic beauty staple, but many struggle on finding the perfect shade of crimson that isn’t too bright, too dark, or too orangey for their skin. And for anyone who has tried to seek out for it, they should know that no two reds are alike. Even more important, most of the shades out there don’t work for every skin tone. To help you get it right, we rounded up our top picks in the most gorgeous shades of red. Now all you have to do is pick your favorite!

Porcelain skin


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Ladies with lighter-toned skins can pretty much rock any bold red lips. Bright shades with blue undertones work especially good on them. Just make sure to warm up your cheeks to avoid looking washed out.


M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo. At Power Plant Mall




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Got an ivory skin with neutral undertones? A beautiful deep red color with a hint of pink should be your thing—they’ll brighten up your whole face. But take note, prime your lips first with a hydrating balm and the excess off with blotting paper.


Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in On Fire Red. At SM Beauty




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For those with an olive skin tone, look for orange-infused reds, and avoid anything with blue undertones, which read as fuchsia on warmer complexions.


L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection Lipstick in Eva’s Red. At Watson’s




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Our lip pick for this golden skin? Rich raspberry stains! Keep the rest of your face neutral but use a shimmery bronzer on cheeks and groom your brows to balance out the look.


Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick. At




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Our color of choice for women with this type of skin are plum-based wines that add intensity without being overwhelming. To get the shade to read the same as it does in the tube, even out your lips with a touch of foundation first.


Lancome Color Design Lip Color in Bow and Arrow. At Rustan's


Lead photos Brandon Maxwell