Skin Care & Make-Up

RED TO THE RESCUE – Choosing the Perfect Red Lipstick

How to pick your perfect shade of red lipstick:

Helen Mirren during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Save yourself from the blahs with the right red lipstick.  A clean classic red lip can brighten your face no matter your coloring.

There is a perfect red for everyone from Helen Mirren to Viola Davis. The endless array of choices can be narrowed down based upon your skin tone.

Check your inner wrist to determine if you have warm or cool complexion. Pinky undertones are cool and yellow tones are warm.



My Favorites in Each Category are Below:


Coco #440Warm red for fair skin –  Chanel’s re-launched Rouge Coco #440 Arthur named after one of Coco’s lovers is a rich coral red. Available starting 2/13/2015.




Dior #844Cool Red for fair skin – Dior #844 Rouge Dior Trafalgar is a clean orange red with high voltage





Dior Rouge allure

Warm red for medium skin – Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Passion makes your lips is a rich tomato red.





Cool red for medium skin –  YSL #67 Rouge Pur in Heroine is a classic true red that screams sophistication.





Warm red for deep tones – Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge is bold, beautiful and a dynamic red





Cool red for deep tones – Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wearing Lip Colour #99 Pirate is deeply pigmented, which makes the red really pop




Keeping red lipstick in place is the key to a successful look. The best way to start is to apply ChapStick Total Hydration in the new formal to your lips and then blot with a tissue. Carefully line your lips with a lip liner a few shades deeper than your lipstick.

The Best Red Lip liners

Filing in your entire lip with the lip liner insures that as the lipstick wears you don’t have a ring around your lip because the liner wears longer than the lipstick.

Warm not rosy red lip liner Chanel Rouge Lip Liner is waxy and very creamy. The only downside is you have to sharpen it.  The up side is that it comes with a brush on the other end and a sharper in the box. You can pair this lip liner with any red that isn’t a deep red.

Deep and blue toned reds need the richness of Guerlain Lasting Colour High Precision Lip liner #25 Iris Noir. This retractable lip liner is soft, bendable and easy to apply.

Red is a classic choice to give an edge to a white shirt, a black dress or even your little red dress. Always keep your coloring in mind and have fun with a beautiful, teeth-whitening red lipstick.


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