Find the Perfect Shade of Red Lipstick

The best way to end the year is in a red lip! That’s why you should be on the hunt now for a red lipstick to rock on Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and beyond. Though red lipstick is universally accepted as a confident, bold lipstick that every woman should own, all red lipsticks aren’t created equally. It can be pretty tricky to find the perfect red to suit you. However, it isn’t impossible!

Luckily for you, finding the perfect red lipstick isn’t as hard as it sounds. Similar to finding the perfect foundation, finding the perfect red lip comes down to undertone. We recently broke down what an undertone is and why it matters. Just in case you missed it, we’ll break it down again—your undertone refers to the underlying color in your skin and is usually described as warm (yellow), cool (blue) or neutral(neither). In regards to red lipstick, they are available in varying undertones just as a foundation is.

The golden rule to finding the perfect red lipstick is finding one with a similar undertone to your skin. Red lipstick with a warm undertone is usually bright and may come off a bit orangish A cool red lipstick, on the other hand, may be less vibrant but much more suitable for someone with a cool undertone. A neutral red lipstick is typically ideal for all undertones. Also, those with neutral undertones can usually wear most shades of red.

Here are some examples of red lipstick for each undertone:

Dior Rouge Dior in shade Plaza (Warm)

A vibrant red is perfect for someone with a warm undertone. It’s also great if you prefer a bright red entirely.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in American Doll (Cool)

abh american doll blue red

This cool aka classic red is the perfect shade for someone with a cool undertone. 

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored (Neutral)


Most neutral red lipsticks suite all undertones. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect red lipstick, starting with a universal shade like this one from Fenty Beauty can help.

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