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How to Pick a Red Lipstick 2010-04-19 14:00:08

Anyone (Yes, You!) Can Work the Matte Red Lipstick Look

Nicole Kidman was a stunner at the Academy of Country Music Awards this weekend, and she totally rocked a look that redheads are frequently told to avoid: matte red lipstick. But her gorgeous pout alone is proof that the texture and color are a lot more versatile than you've been led to believe. Now that it's emerging as the big statement lipstick of the season, there's even more reason for you to give it a try. With the right shade and prep, matte red can work on any skin tone and with any hair color. To find out how to get the color that'll make your look pop, just keep reading.

  • Undertones, undertones, undertones. I know I'm forever yammering on about this, but picking a shade that complements your undertones makes all the difference. If you have primarily pink undertones, look for a cool or blue red. If you have golden undertones, an orange red or coral is most flattering, and olive undertones look best in brown-based or brick reds. Primary, fire-hydrant red is flattering on all skin tones, so when in doubt, go with a true red shade.
  • Matte textures are vibrant and will accentuate all the other hues in your skin, so keep other colors you wear subtle and coordinating. Use a light peach blush with orange red, a sheer berry with blue red, and a subtle bronze with brown red.
  • Use a lipstick primer. Bright, matte color has a tendency to dry lips, which can make any creases and lines stand out more, and if there's not a base to keep it stable, it can fade unevenly and look messy.
  • Check out the widget below to see shades and a few lip-priming options:
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Rosay77 Rosay77 5 years
Thank you very much Bellasugar, that helped alot! :)
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Rosay, it depends on what color you mean by "crimson"—if it's like the Harvard Crimson, then it's best on pinky undertones. If it's a bright, ruby-like crimson, it's flattering on most undertones because it's a primary red :)
Rosay77 Rosay77 5 years
What about a crimson red? Which undertone will that shade of red look good on?
anya82 anya82 5 years
not a good example, nick looks horrid here!
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