Nailing the Perfect Red Lipstick

Every lady has the perfect little black dress, or the go-to hair style, and even her favorite pair of heels. Well, what about the perfect red lipstick? It doesn’t matter how much melanin you have or how fair your skin is, there a perfect red lip color is for everyone. The CGS Team is sharing how you can find the perfect red lipstick for your skin tone. We are also suggesting a few of our favorite red lipstick shades for every tone!

The perfect red lipstick for every skin tone


For women with darker skin and cool undertones, it’s recommended to try lip colors with hints of deep berry. Colors pop wonderfully off of dark skin, but certain shades compliment your tone. Actress Lupita Nyong’O is no stranger to the lip color game. She rocks a berry wine color lip that plays up her cool undertone for a perfect pop of color.

Try Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Sheer in Studded Kiss is the perfect red lip. Or if you’re looking for something with a hint of metallic, we suggest trying Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge in Le Poupre. It gives you a red lip, with a touch of shimmer. Darker complexions with warm undertones like Jennifer Hudson prefers an opaque blue-based red like MAC’s Ruby Woo against her complexion.


Women with a tan complexion should try a deep Merlot color. Actress Kerry Washington compliments her skin tone by wearing deep red colors to bring her complexion out. Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color in Merlot is great on tan skin tones. Or, if your skin tone is similar to an olive-tan like the red lip queen Kim Kardashian-West go for a bright cherry red.

With neutral tones Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Red 620 would look amazing! Perhaps your tan skin has warm undertones like the Savage singer Rihanna who always seems to be red carpet ready with her flattering red lips. She wears the So Chaud shade from MAC, and it always compliments her warm, tan tone.


A bold red lip is a trend that’s succeeded through generation to generation. As some would like to argue that redheads can’t pull of a red lip, they’re wrong! If you have fair skin with red hair try going for a red lip color with a hint of orange. Holland Roden’s red lip is always on point with her lip hue.

The coral reds on red heads add the perfect flash of color against their fair skin. And if you have fair skin with a cool undertone like Cameron Diaz a raspberry lipstick hue will look fantastic. Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave compliments and warms up your pink undertones leaving your lips looking fresh and colorful.


Medium skin tones similar to Freida Pinto’s are great with a brown-based red lipstick. Ultra Color Bold Lipstick in Bold Bordeaux from Avon matches perfect against caramel skin tones. Be sure the color has a hint of plum to contrast against your underlying skin tones so the shade pops appropriately.

If you have a neutral skin tone like Sofia Vergara, you should wear a red lip that’s mixed with blue-red. CoverGirl’s Garnet Flame lipstick looks amazing against neutral, medium undertones. With golden skin tones Like Jamie Chung, a deep, vivid berry can have you camera ready. Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte in Berry brings warmth and radiance to your golden undertones.

Related: Beauty How-Tos: Red Lip

There are so many shades of red to choose from when searching for the perfect red lipstick color! Stick to our tips above and you will dazzle with your red lips! What is your favorite red lipstick? Do you like to try different shades of red? Leave a comment below to share your favorites!

The CGS Team



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