Finding the Right Red Lip Color for Your Skin Tone and Guide to Wearing It

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Bold red lips is a the ultimate classic look but not all women have the guts to sport it. It is probably because it feels hard to find the right shade of red lipstick that would suit your skin tone.

Out there, Pinterest most especially, there are thousands of guides, cheat sheets and infographics on how to find the perfect red lipstick for your skin tone.--and they do help! But, for me, choosing the right red shade takes time and patience. Also, it is about how bold you want to go.

Finding the Perfect Red Lip Color for Your Skin Tone 

Needless to say, many of the guides I have read share the same general rules that go like this:
  • Dark skin tones go well with the ones that have berry undertones or those that have a deep shade of red. 
  • Warmer skin tones go well with bright red shades or bright like the orange-red lipsticks.
  • Light skin tones should suitably go with cooler shades of red.
Well, to be honest, I totally forgot all those things when I was at the mall shopping for makeup. It suddenly occurred to me that I want to be able to sport bold red lips every once in a while, say at least once a week. With that in mind, I needed to find a shade that was okay to wear even during daytime.

So, I patiently took the time to swipe different shades and brands of red lipstick on my morena skin--on the back of hands, first. When my choices were down to three, I tried it on my lips. I had to because my face was lighter than the rest of my body.

That is because of the whitening moisturizer that I apply day and night--never skipped a day. As for my the rest of my body, erm, sometimes I use whitening lotion, sometimes just regular lotion. But that is besides the point.

Before I tell you what shade and what brand I bought, here is a little illustration of how red lip color should ideally enhance your face. I chose the pictures from Pexels based on my own understanding of the many different guides I have read online.


Oh, screw the rules of make up! It is so confusing. In my understanding, the idea is to get the red lip color to pop without being too overwhelming on your face.

I ended up choosing the shade I was comfortable with. And I so far made the right choice--I think. I have been using this color since then.

The brand I bought was Maybelline Rich Ruby Creamy Matte Lipstick. I am not endorsing this product, this is not a paid review. I simply wrote this as a regular consumer who has found a lipstick in the shade of red that she can wear daily.

Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

As I have earlier said, I have morena skin so this is how Rich Ruby looks like on my hand.
Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
And here I am wearing the red lipstick from Maybelline... 
Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Just the lipstick and eyebrow makeup...oh...the clear skin filter of my cellphone's front camera. :)

Now that I have the courage to wear red lipstick. There are a few rules that I follow. Read on below:

Guide to Wearing Bold Lip Color 

  1. Balance your make up. To minimize the intensity of your makeup, especially during daytime, I believe that if you are sporting bold lips, the rest of your face should have subtle makeup. I choose to wear only mascara and eyeliner on my eyes and keep my eyebrows neat whenever I wear my new red lipstick. (There are, of course, occasions where you are allowed to have bold eyes and bold lips.)
  2. Carry a mirror. Trust me, you will want to check on your lips from time to time just to make sure the bold red pigment stays only on your lips.
  3. Use bold lipstick with a lip liner. Lip liner defines your lips and keeps the color from bleeding to the skin outside of your lips. It also extends the wear of your lip color.
I hope this helps those who think they can never pull off bold lips. I have never worn red lipstick before. I did not think it was possible for me to do. If you have anything to share please leave it in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

Finding the Right Red Lipstick

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4 comments

  1. I love red color . Like the blood color like vampire. I love the color

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  2. Me too, that is why I wanted to try a red lipstick for a change. Thanks for dropping by

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  3. Really helpful. Thanks for the tips!

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  4. i love red color, it suits me well cos i have a dark lips..hihi

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