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The Perfect Red Lip

If you’re like me, you struggle finding the perfect red lip. You would think that finding a good red lipstick is kind of like finding the perfect pair of leggings – one size fits all, but that’s totally not the case. With so many different skin tones, undertones, and eye colors, finding the perfect red is a lot harder than you think, and if you’ve ever searched for one, you totally understand.

Ever been curious what shade of red compliments you? Here’s a quick breakdown of how to find a flattering shade of red just in time for Valentine’s Day.

If your complexion is fair:

Keep it simple. Let your red lip do all of the talking and keep contouring and extravagant eye makeup to a minimum. For your perfect shade of red, stick to reds with blue undertones like Creeper from Colourpop ($6).

If your complexion is medium:

Go outside of the box – try an orange-based red! Orange-based reds are BEAUTIFUL on olive skin tones! My summer go-to bold lip is a tangerine lip pencil by Bite Beauty but for Valentine’s Day, I’d recommend Smashbox’s matte liquid lipstick in ‘Thrill Seeker’ ($24).

If your complexion is dark:

You don’t have to be bright to be bold! Try a gorgeous shade of plum red this Valentine’s Day (or any day). The purple undertone will perfectly compliment your deeper skin’s undertones. One of my favorite plum reds that wears extremely well is MAC’s matte liquid lip color in ‘High Drama’ ($21.00).

Of course, any one with any skin tone can pull off any shade of red with just a little bit of confidence! But if you’ve ever struggling finding a red, try one of these guys this Valentine’s Day.

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