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How to Choose Red Lipstick

How to Choose a Red Lipstick For Spring

Spring's juicy lipstick shades of gold-red, season-perfect maraschino cherry, and coral-red look fresh and bright on everyone. Orange-inflected reds just look happy and new, and they're extremely easy to wear. So to find out how to get your perfect match and see shades for every skin tone, just keep reading.

Deep, warm skin tones
You'll get an amazing pop of color in an orange-red like Milani lipstick in Mango Mambo ($4). If you want a similar look that's more subtle and sheer, try a lip tint like Laura Mercier HydraTint balm in Apricot ($20). Wear it with a coral cheek stain like Tarte Eco-Cheek ($30) and you'll have a gorgeously peachy glow that's just right for this time of year.

Olive undertones
Coral reds like MAC Viva Glam I ($15) will bring out the best in your skin and give you a nice glow. Blend your lipstick with a clear gloss before you apply to add more depth, and pair it with a subtle blush like Benefit Coralista ($28) for a sweet and sunny look.

Golden undertones
Gold-flecked red like Dr. Hauschka lipstick in Mezzoforte #4 ($24) will warm up your skin for a fresh and healthy look. Use the lightest touch of Turkish Red blush, like Nars cream blush in Turkish Red ($28) for a bright, cheerful look.

Pink undertones
Pink-undertoned women look beautiful in cherry red glosses like Shiseido Maraschino gloss ($22). Wear a coordinating nail polish like Milani Neon Techno Red ($5), and white or buttercream yellow eye shadow, and you'll be more than ready for that picnic.

Source: Flickr User Casey David

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TammyO TammyO 5 years
OOH- I LOVE Viva Glam Cyndi too. I just got it the other day and it's a great fresh color for spring. Although I think on me it looks straight up pink and not at all like the coral red that they advertised it to me.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 5 years
I'm *loving* MAC Viva Glam Cyndi . . . and I've gotten my mom hooked on it as well!
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 5 years
Cool, I need to update from my plum colored winter/fall lipstick.
secondstar secondstar 5 years
I have the hardest time pulling off bold reds. I think I need to start with sheer colors and work my way up.
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