Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The perfect red lipstick for you

Is there anything more classic than red lipstick?
According to Colour Psychology (the study of different colours as a determinant of human behaviour) red is the colour of energy, passion and power. Many experiments have concluded that women are seen to be more attractive in red and feel more confidence compaired to any other shade.
I'm wearing 'Orange Too' by Calvin Klein (£10.95)
Being such an influential colour it's important to get the shade right for your skin tone as it will make a considerable difference to your overall look.
First you need to determine your skin tone, there are a few simple ways to do this;
Look at your veins where they are most prominent (wrists or back of hands).
If your veins look blue then you have a cool skin tone. If your veins look green then you have a warm skin tone.
Another way to figure it out is by how your skin reacts in the sun. If you burn easily or turn pink then you have a cool skin tone and if you tan with ease then you're warm toned!

Women with cool tones tend to have fair skin and their best bet is to find a shade of lipstick with blue undertones (also called a cold red shade) in it to compliment their complexion. Blue reds have the added benefit of contrasting against your teeth to make them look extra white! My favourite example of this shade is 'Russian Red' by Mac (£15.50)

Fair skinned girls like Megan Fox, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese have really made this their signature looks and there's no denying it's a strikingly beautiful combination! 

If you have a warm toned complexion chances are you have a medium to tanned skin colour and should generally look for warmer red with orange tones to balance out the yellow in your skin and brighten your whole face! The exception to this rule is brown tones, although the brown counts as a warm tone it can really wash you out. One of my all time favourite lipsticks is an orange, red called 'So Chaud' by Mac (£15.50).

Red lipstick with orange undertones looks stunning on when paired with understated eye makeup and a few sweeps of bronzer. Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian, Penelopecruz Crux and Jessica Alba give great examples of this look.

All this is a good gereral guide to go by when it comes to picking your perfect shade but don't forget that everybody is different and some girls may suit both or feel these rules don't apply to them at all! Thanks for reading x

"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. 
That, or a kick-ass red lipstick."
Gwyneth Paltrow 


  1. Never been able to find my perfect red, going to use this as a guide next time!

    1. Hopefully you find it soon, good luck on your hunt! x

  2. This post is great and really helpful. Maybe you could do one for nudes or pinks as well as they would be super helpful too! p.s. your blog is great so far :) xox