I am personally waging a constant war with my lips. My fair hue with red tones combined with whatever celebrity look I am trying always turns out looking like a 5 year old who got into mommy’s makeup. The color will appear too bright or too bold. Despite delicate application, it appears heavy and obvious.
The problem isn’t in my lining prowess…it’s my skin tone. That bright red may look great on Gwen Stefani, but my mousy brown hair, blue eyes and red tones don’t fit. So, I have found 3 lipsticks that will deliver a voluptuous red lip for the three basic skin tones.
Dark – Think Angela Bassett – Try a neutral, matte shade that will play well with warm tones then layer a creamy color over it. Try starting with NARS semi-matte lipstick in ‘Red Lizzard’ and follow with MAC lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo.’
Medium – Think Ashley Greene – Go for warm. You lucky devils can pull off orange based shades with ease. Try Lancome’s Rouge in ‘Love No.146.’
Fair – Think Lily Collins – This is my realm. Favor reds with cool, blue undertones. Start with a deep berry gloss or just one coat of a satin finish lipstick. Tom Ford’s ‘Black Orchid’ lip color will do the trick!