Fight Your Winter Blues With Red!

The holidays may be over, but there’s still a long way to go before it’s time to break out the spring wardrobe.  To combat the dreary weather, we’re taking a cue from the recent festivities and brightening our days with a pop of red lipstick. From bright to brick, this perennial beauty trend is an easy way to add excitement to your look, but it can be tricky to get the details right.  You’re in luck, however, because we’re here to help!  Read on to find out which shades of red are likely to compliment your skin tone.


Deep-Dark Skin

Wine hues and even plums compliment dark skin by adding intensity, while bright, berry shades like Cherry Cordial are flattering statement-makers perfect for a grand entrance.


Caramel Skin

Bright reds have a tendency to make caramel skin look dull, but choosing an earthy red with some brown in it (like African Nights) will give you the rosy red lips you’re looking for.


Medium-Dark Skin

To let your pout pop, keep the rest of your makeup simple and opt for a berry shade, which will look great against your warm undertones.


Olive Skin

Olive skin is perfect for pulling off orange-y reds, like our natural Burlesque gloss.  Look for coral and poppy shades, and save anything with blue undertones for days when red isn’t the goal, as these can read fuschia on your skin.


Medium-Fair Skin

Deep reds are your go-to this season, meaning you’ll look best in a brick red shade.  If you’re looking for something less subdued, a cranberry hue will do.  To avoid looking sallow, steer clear of reds with too much orange or coral in them.


Fair Skin

Porcelain skin tones provide plenty of room to play with a wide range of reds, but opting for a slightly blue shade of red will brighten your complexion (and even make your teeth look whiter!).  Ivory skin tends to be more neutral, so classic red shades and those with a hint of pink will look particularly glam.

Of course, everyone is different, and rules are meant to be broken, so we encourage you to experiment with whatever shades of red (and beyond!) you like best this season.  Can’t decide?  If you still need some help picking a shade, drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll help you find a shade you love 🙂