If there’s one shade of lipstick that looks good on absolutely everyone, it’s red. There’s a ferocity to a red lip that can’t be achieved by any other colour. Even though a lot of us fantasize about wearing a bright red lip, identifying ‘the one’ can be difficult. Red may look good on everyone, but different tones of red look good on different skin tones. The trick is to try and match the undertone of the lipstick to the undertone of your skin.
Confused? Don’t worry! Identifying the undertone of your skin is easier than you think. All you need to do is look at the kind of jewellery you normally wear or look at the colour of your veins.
Jewellery: If silver jewellery looks good on you, you have a cool undertone. But if gold jewellery looks better on you, you have a warm undertone. If you happen to be one of those lucky few who look fantastic in either, you have a neutral undertone.
Veins:If jewellery isn’t helping you figure out your undertone, then look at the veins in your wrist. Do they appear blue? If yes, then you have a cool undertone. If your veins appear green, then you have a warm undertone. But, if you have a mix of both, then you probably have a neutral undertone.
Your perfect red lip made easy!
Red lipsticks that have more yellow and orange tones in them work for warm undertones. In fact, orangey-reds will make your complexion pop. Try the Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Matte Sticks Lipstick in Rouge Metro, and the Lakmé 9to5 Primer + Matte Lipstick in Red Coat and Scarlet Surge.
If you have a cool undertone, red lipstick with undertones of blue will look great on you. It will instantly brighten your skin, and make your teeth look whiter! You can try the Lakmé 9to5 Primer + Matte Lipstick in Red Coat, which has an intense colour pay-off and lasts for up to 12 hours.
For someone with a neutral undertone, classic shades of red would work beautifully. You would definitely find Kareena Kapoor Khan By Lakmé Absolute Pout Definer in Red Seductress a foolproof colour choice.
If this is the first time you’re considering buying a red lipstick, you may want to look for one that comes in a sheer formula. Lip tints or lip balms are much easier to work with. They’re perfect for beginners. You could even apply a red lipstick using your finger. This will give your lips a naturally stained effect. Try the Lakmé Absolute Lip Pout Matte in Raving Red to achieve this look; it has the perfect shade and consistency to make a statement without looking over the top.