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How-To: Choose a Cool-Toned Red Lipstick

With the holidays coming up, you want to look festive. My advice? Ditch the reindeer sweater and wear red lipstick instead. As a general guideline, you'll look best wearing this bold hue if you figure out the undertones in your skin to help guide you along the way.

If you're cool-toned, you probably look better in silver jewelry and certain reds. Take a look at some of my tips below:

  • When choosing for a cool-toned red, look for blue-based reds. Names like garnet, berry, cherry, and wine often suggest cooler shades.
  • Yellow teeth? Cool-toned reds will help neutralize the dinginess. Go ahead, have another glass of red wine.
  • Are you a brunette, a flaming bright redhead, or a platinum blonde? Chances are that bluish-reds will look great on you. Also, deeper skin tones look great in these shades.


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lin-lin lin-lin 8 years
I really want to try that NARS shade. I've just warmed up my hair from dark brown to a chestnut and I'm looking for something slightly darker than MAC's Russian Red so it doesn't clash as much.
diorbaby diorbaby 8 years
Thanks for listing cool-toned shades. I have a really hard time finding a good blue-red.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
I just found the most amazing cranberry red gloss today from Loreal. The HIP line, brilliant gloss in "enticing". It is stunningly gorgeous. I am in love with the color!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
such o coincidence, i read you once in two months (sorry, don't have time for more) and just today i was rading my make-up box (it's huge) and saw my red lipstick and it was a big orange and i though i need something with blue subtones and now i read this. you made me go out and buy some good red lipstick :D look out superdrug
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
thank you so much Bella! I love red lipstick, and I always worry that the shade I wear doesn't look good on me. I've tried to figure out what colors are in my skin, but I never figured it out before. this told me exactly what I needed to know, and now I know I do have blue-based skin. I'm totally loving that Too-Faced lipstick!
emalove emalove 8 years
I have fair, cool-toned skin, but I very fairly go for red lips. They're just not me. But when I do, the one and only shade I'll use is Clinique Different Lipstick in Angel Red. It's a blue-based cranberry-red and it's so pretty (looks a little like that Vincent Longo shade above, maybe not as dark though). But other than that, red lips are not for me.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
I've been thinking about adding Afghan Red to my collection of reds - I definitely fall under the "cool" category!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I love Nars Flaming Dust I was suprised how well it went with my brown skin!
Faylinn Faylinn 8 years
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's all too hard not to find orange-red and RED-red lipstick or the dark berry colors that look too harsh on pale, cool-toned skin.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
Niice! I'm interested in trying some of these!
austerity austerity 8 years
Though I am warm (yellow-) toned myself, some tips here are still useful. So thanks.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
I'm on the right track, just bought the first 2 last week. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Thanks this is me!
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