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!