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This article originally appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of SELF.
Finding a red lipstick that works for you doesn’t have to be a challenge. Whether you have a makeup bag full of tubes you’ve tossed or never even bothered because you’re convinced you can’t pull it off, you will find your perfect match. All it takes is a little guidance and tons of confidence. Here are a few tips from Los Angeles-based makeup artist Emily Kate Warren on how to choose the perfect shade for your complexion.
Skin Tone: Light
“I like bright reds for pale skin. But find shades with blue undertones, because blue has a neutralizing effect on red—in other words, even though it’s bold it’s not too obnoxious.”
Shades to try: MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Everyday Diva ($23), MACCosmetics.com; L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive in Julianne’s Red ($9), LOrealParisUSA.com; Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick ($55), Tatcha.com
Skin Tone: Medium
“With warmer skin tones you can have a heartier, richer red. It’s going to feel full bodied, like there’s an element of wine.”
Skin Tone: Dark
“Go for deep reds with a berry undertone. The key is to find a highly pigmented lipstick, so it really pops.”
Shades to try: Givenchy Le Rouge in Grenat Initié ($36), Sephora.com; Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Infrared Matte ($20), Sephora.com; Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Temptation ($28), LauraMercier.com.
Top; MishaNonoo.com for similar styles. Earrings, Jennifer Fisher, $210; JenniferFisherJewelry.com. Hair, David Colvin for R&Co; Makeup, Talia Sparrow for Laura Mercier; Model, Sophia Reynal at Wilhelmina.