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How To Find The Right Red Lipstick

I’ve been a bit obsessed lately with finding the perfect red lipstick — a task that’s harder than it seems. I tried on so many different shades at Sephora that I thought my lips were permanently tinted, and I still didn’t find two reds that were exactly the same. Some had a hint of magenta, some a bit of brown, and others had a deeper blue base.

If you, too, are in search of the perfect red lipstick, Glo writer Shannon Rouss asked celebrity makeup artist Suzy Gerstein for her advice on the best products and tips for each skin tone:

These are the products that Suzy recommended for each skin color. Unsure of what kind of tones are in your skin? See the entire Glo article for photos, as well as amazing red lipstick tips.


  • Very Fair Skin with Cool Undertones 1 of 10
    Very Fair Skin with Cool Undertones
    Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lively ($24) has cool undertones to compliment the fairest of skin colors.
    Buy from Tarte.
  • Fair Skin with Cool Undertones 2 of 10
    Fair Skin with Cool Undertones
    Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil in Siren ($20) is a real cherry red color.
    Buy from Barneys New York.
  • Fair Skin with Warm Undertones 3 of 10
    Fair Skin with Warm Undertones
    Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Somptueuse ($32) is a warmer red.
    Buy from Chanel.
  • Sun-Kissed Medium Skin 4 of 10
    Sun-Kissed Medium Skin
    Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15 ($20) is a more sheer, subtle red.
    Buy from Sephora.
  • Olive Skin 5 of 10
    Olive Skin
    Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Crimson Noir ($48) is a smoldering, classic color.
    Buy from Neiman Marcus.
  • Deep Olive Skin 6 of 10
    Deep Olive Skin
    Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 ($23) in Sunset Bronze has gold flecks to compliment your golden undertones.
    Buy from Sephora.
  • Brown Skin with Cool Undertones 7 of 10
    Brown Skin with Cool Undertones
    NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($24) is a a blue-based red, but Gerstein claims that this skin color can really pull off any red.
    Buy from NARS.
  • Brown Skin with Warm Undertones 8 of 10
    Brown Skin with Warm Undertones
    Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Dragon ($25) has the perfect balance of blue and brown, which works best on this skin color.
    Buy from Nordstrom.
  • Dark Skin with Cool Undertones 9 of 10
    Dark Skin with Cool Undertones
    You don't get much more classic than MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($15).
    Buy from MAC Cosmetics.
  • Dark Skin with Warm Undertones 10 of 10
    Dark Skin with Warm Undertones
    Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Blackberry ($23) allows your natural skin tone to shine through.
    Buy from Nordstrom.

See more at Glo.

Read more of Michelle’s writing at Early Mama.

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