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How To Pick The Right Red Lipstick For You

By January 27th, 202122 Comments
How To Pick The Right Red Lipstick For You

by McKenzie Renae of
Choosing a red lipstick can be daunting at times.
Fret no more my dear, McKenzie Renae to the rescue! Whether you’re after
a fresh new look, a spicy option for a night on the town, or just a
glam alternative to nude lips, everyone can gain something from the tips
below. Check them out and get ready to put your best pout forward!



Your complexion is prone to redness, so the first step should be evening
out skin with a little foundation; otherwise, red can highlight
ruddiness. When choosing a lipstick shade, look for sheer, blue-based
reds. Though bold, these cool hues don’t look overly harsh against pale
skin tones.
Thanks to the warm undertones in your skin, you can pull off almost any
red (even siren red!). To keep the overall look clean, avoid wearing
bronzer, which can seem muddy when paired with intense lips. A touch of
concealer and quick swipe of mascara or black liner are all you need.
This complexion can be warm or cool. If yours has golden tones (think
Halle Berry), choose reds with a brown base: brick or rusty red. Is your
skin more blue-based (think model Alek Wek)? Choose deep rubies with a
hint of pink, like dark cherry or burgundy. Go easy on the eyes and let
your lips be the focus.
**TIP** : First,
ditch the chapped lips! Not cute! Use a warm, wet, soft baby toothbrush
to exfoliate the lips and follow up with a lip balm to keep the
moisture locked in. Once they are velvety soft, fill lips in with a
pencil that matches them, not the lipstick. Then apply color with a tiny
lip brush, starting at the center of your mouth and blending outward.
Press lips together, blot with a tissue, and voila!


  • Damita Carter says:

    Since when is Halle Berry considered dark skin? Your tips were cool but I found so much wrong with some things you said. Maybe to a person with little to no pigment Halle berry is considered dark but she's not and have you personally ever seen someone so dark that they've had a blue tone, because I haven't. Halle Berry and Alek Wek are no where near the same complexion, so why are they both considered dark.

  • Confused says:

    Halle is considered dark skinned?

  • Jessica Coletrain says:

    Love the color! Thinking of trying a light pink shade…

  • Derika says:

    The red lips look great on McKenzie but I'm not bold enough to do it myself. I prefer nude lips myself.

  • Minnow says:

    I LOVE a matte red /orange lip. I am brown skinned and use Mac So Chaud (orange with red hues) and Tarte's red matte llpstick. Off topic but…. anyone no of a good nude matte for brown skin ladies?

  • Jamila Williams says:

    I really need to try some red lipstick….thanks for the shade tips

  • Pennie Cuevas says:

    Those pictures are so cute :) I just want to know what mascara you use!

  • SavanahRae says:

    Definitely the burgundy and deep rubies.

  • carla mcnair says:

    I love a red lip!!!

  • SheDoesStyle says:

    Oh, how do I love red lipsticks! They definitely look the best on me. Black women shouldn't be so afraid to wear color. And, when in doubt, buy a few cheapy lipsticks in different shades of red and just experiment! It can always wipe off :)

  • Christi Hart says:

    THANK THANK THANK for this. I have been wanting to wear color but was afraid that I would pick the wrong color and look crazy. I went to Sephora but left with nothing because their was to many to choose from. Now that I finally found some really great tips I am going to go back and conquer my fears.

  • Angela B. says:

    Thanks for the tips. It took me FOREVER to find a shade of red lipstick that looks right on me.

  • Athalia Shalisa says:

    Great advice. I think I will try this.

  • Dallas says:

    To keep it lasting longer, press a tissue over freshly applied lips, smile (to smooth lips) and apply powder with a blush brush. Just enough powder to put off having to reapply a million times.

  • JulieMadrew says:

    Black women should not be afraid to break the red rules especially those of us who are nw45 and up who always get pushed into the brown based/berry category. We can wear the trues, strawberries and other reds too!

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Nice article. I like to see other women wear red however I'm a bit too conservative to wear it.

  • Gaye Glasspie says:

    This is great, because it took me a minute to find the right red and 9xs out of 10 it's by MAC for me

  • Cassandra [C.] says:

    cool article. I too wanna try a matte red lipstick, it seems so classy especially with nicely outlined eyes. I think i may try it for my graduation look. . .

  • Lauren says:

    This is a good post, I was thinking about this the other day when I was in rite aid. I am more of like a Halle Berry tone; so I bought a brown lip liner to go with my lipstick. The red I bought previously was too bright.

  • Wanett says:

    I bought my red lipstick at Sephora. I asked a black woman to assist me, she herself was wearing a fierce red. I told her I wanted matte lipstick, she chose 3 for me to try. She exfoliated my lips and applied them for me. I chose one by Makeup Forever the colorway is Moulin Rouge. It is perfect for me. I would have spent a ton of money choosing the wrong shade in the drug store.

  • Megan M says:

    Great I needed this I am a coco girl I wear cool tones it is so hard to find a red lipstick. The lipstick is too bright or too dark for my skin tone. Now I can find one I may go to Mac and ask them if they can match a lipstick for my skin tone or clinque. Thanks again :)

  • Davina W. says:

    Great tips!

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