Thursday, March 15, 2012

Picking the "right red"

Picking the right red can seem like a tedious process BUT it doesn't have to be, and in today's world there are so many reds to choose from!!!

First, take a good look at your skin tone. Are you cool or warm?
If you have a cooler skin tone, aim for reds with cooler undertones. This means aim for a red with hints of pink and this will make your lips pop. If you get a lipstick with hints of blue in it, that works as well AND will even make your teeth appear to be whiter. An example of these colors can be found here: CLICK

If you have a warmer skin tone, aim for reds with warmer undertones. This means aim for reds with hints of orange, yellows, or browns. These colors can be found here: CLICK

Still doubtful? It is said that classic or "true" red can be used on ALL skin tones, warm or cool.

Next, you're going to want to test these shades.
When testing lipstick colors, go to places that will allow you to do swatches. Take a sample of a color and swatch it on the underside of your wrist. This is the best way to test against your face's skin color without actually wearing it; this is also how you would test foundation shades.

I don't think I need to say this, but use a Q-tip or a sponge to swatch the colors. Don't put the used lipstick samples directly on your skin.

Finally, DO NOT match red lipstick with your outfit. Opt for bright lipsticks when your outfit is simple and preferably in a monochromatic (one color) range. In terms of eye makeup, opt for a neutral or simple eye. The point of red lipstick is to draw attention to it and have your lips stand out.

Remember, everyone can wear red so don't be afraid to stand out!

Good luck & stay maganda!

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