Beauty Buzz with Sophie Chamings: perfect red lipstick
The market is saturated with red lipsticks at this time of year and we've all fallen victim to a clever or mis-informed sales person, even if we don't like to admit it. We often have mountains of never-worn red lipsticks tucked away in the back of a drawer or cupboard. We've either been wrongly advised about the colour or, although it looked great in the shop, it just didn't look the same at home.
Contrary to popular belief, red suits everyone. It's simply about choosing the right shade. Wearing the right shade of red lipstick will bring your face to life, make your skin look radiant and your eyes shine.
Wearing the wrong shade, however, can have the opposite effect, making your complexion look dull and tired. More often than not, it seems that women get it wrong and are put off red lipstick for life.
But a red lipstick is essential for every make-up bag. It's fun, sexy and never dates. Now is the ideal time to invest as autumn is all about red lips. But with a million different shades, how do you find the right one for you?
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When it comes to choosing your perfect colour, it's all about the undertones in your skin. Are you cool or warm?
Hold something white/silver up to one side of your face and cream/gold to the other. A piece of paper or jewellery is ideal.
It's more than likely that one side of your face will look instantly brighter than the other.
If the white/silver side looks better, you suit cool tones. If the cream/gold side looks better, you suit warm.
If they both look the same, you are one of the lucky ones that suits all tones and can wear any of the following reds:
If you suit warm tones, you'll likely have olive or yellow undertones to your skin. You look best in earthy tones like mustard, terracotta, coral, olive green and rust. Look for lipsticks in vibrant shades of red with yellow or orange undertones.
My favourites are:
Christian Dior, Dolce Vita Red, No 14, £21.50
Revlon, Super Lustrous Lippy, Really Red, No 900, £7.49
If you're cool with pinkish or reddish undertones to your skin, you look best in cool shades such as pinks, blues, teals and purples (jewel tones).
You'll look best in soft reds that are blue-based/plum toned. Don't worry, the blue doesn't show, it's just a slight undertone that makes your red most flattering for you. A blue-toned lipstick will actually make your teeth look whiter. My favourites are:
Christian Dior Diorific Lipstick, Roulette Red, No 13, £21.50
Revlon, Super Lustrous Lippy, Red, No 730, £7.49
When wearing red lipstick, keep the rest of your make-up to a minimum for a modern look.
To help your lipstick last and minimise 'bleeding', fill in the lips with a lip liner first.
If you have thin lips (sadly, our lips do thin as we age), try something sheer to stop your lips from looking too severe.