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How to Choose a Red Lipstick

3 Tips on Choosing a Red Lipstick

Red lips are one of those things that will never go out of style, and they're universally flattering. Problem is, many women don't wear them because they can't find a shade that's flattering or worry that it will be too bright to be pretty. Well, worry no more, fair ladies. Lipstick impresario Poppy King is answering the eternal question: how do you choose a red lipstick? To find out how to get your red right, just keep reading.

Know your undertones:

Poppy says, "There's not as much a right and wrong as there is a general rule — the fairer you are, the more you look for a red that has orange undertones. And then if you're deep-skinned, with deeper-colored hair, you look for a red with more pink undertones."

Don't go overboard with the rest of your makeup: "I think the number one key to wearing red isn't so much the red itself as backing off on the rest of your makeup—that's what makes it suit women," Poppy says. "What doesn't suit women is when you wear red with a full face of makeup, because it's just too much."

Find your comfort zone: "Figure out what kind of red you feel most comfortable in — the texture and finish, whether you're scared of a full-strength red," Poppy advises. "I love matte reds, but that's just my comfort zone, and I love designing colors in all kinds of textures and finishes."

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Torance Torance 6 years
I'm confused. I feel like what Poppy said about choosing a shade goes against what Bella said in her "How to: Choose a Red Lipstick" article. She said warm with olive or yellow undertones choose orange or brown tones, and cool with pinkish or reddish undertones, choose blue or pink tones. Please help!
BuffBabe6108 BuffBabe6108 6 years
Red is not my color. Maybe for Halloween but nothing else.
sugajen sugajen 6 years
I disagree. Red lipsick is universally unflattering. Very few women can pull it off. even out of the celebs. Only the ones with perfect skin make it work
SarahElaine SarahElaine 6 years
Ooooh! I love red lipstick. I just got some NARS Flamenco this weekend, and because my lips are so bright pink naturally the sales girl suggested I use a lighter neutral liner so the red is completely true. It looks perfect.
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I don't get why everyone is so down on this lady - she looks so cool! looks so much like Jean Arthur; I love her look. I would agree that I generally don't like thin eyebrows, but I actually think it works for her and I love her retro hair and cool hat...
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 6 years
The point is she knows her lipstick... Maybe you should look upon yourselves as to why you have to point out "flaws". I really think it's rediculous how women tear each other down.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 6 years
Did she become a lipstick impresario in order to distract people from her atrocious eyebrows? Honestly, people, they're not that hard!
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