We're sure everyone's tried on the wrong shade at some point, so you know how quickly this classic look can go crummy. To save you from a beauty version of the "mean reds," we called up Kayleen McAdams, the delightful and talented makeup artist, and got her to divulge the best colors for everyone. Yes, everyone.
While there are lots of guides to picking your best red, we think it's easiest to go by the undertone in your skin: pink or yellow. If your complexion has pink (cool) undertones, McAdams suggests picking a lipstick with similar undertone. "Look for a berry, brick red, or plum," she says. "These shades can look really pretty if there's a slight shimmer in them, like Chanel's Red Dream." Another smart option (especially if you don't want a super bold look) is NARS Lip Stain Gloss in Indian Red. "While the color is pretty intense, the product isn't, so you can apply a light coat and get a sheer look," McAdams says. "Just add a few layers if you want a stronger color." Women with yellow (warm) undertones look best in red lipsticks that are orangey, brownish, or yellow-based. A few of McAdams's favorites include Spice It Up! by MAC, Real Red by Shiseido, and Red Premiere by Dior (a WWWD favorite).
Of course, we'd be remiss if we neglected to tell you about true reds-the universal shades that work on almost everyone. "These reds are "pure," meaning they don't show any noticeable undertone," McAdams says. So if for some reason you are unable to tell what color your skin's undertones are (or just don't care), pick a true red. McAdams also thinks these true reds are the best choice for fair-skinned ladies, regardless of skin undertones. "People with pale skin look great in true reds, so if you want to be safe, pick one of these rather than a pink or yellow-based lipstick," she says. Some of her most-used shades include Jungle Red by NARS (a shade she used on her sister/client, Rachel McAdams, recently), Passion by Chanel, and Sabrina by Scott Barnes.
Picks for Pink:
Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick in No. 95, Red Dream (from $23.50)
NARS Lip Stain Gloss Indian Red (from $23)
Christian Dior Rouge Dior in Red Premiere 752 (from $24)
Picks for Yellow:
MAC Lipstick in Spice It Up! (from $14)
Shiseido The Makeup Perfecting Lipstick in P23 Real Red (from $21.50)
Dior Addict Lipstick in Positive Red 857 (from $22.50)
NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red (from $23)
Chanel Allure Lipstick in No. 10, Passion (from $30.50)
Scott Barnes LipSuede in Sabrina (from $24)
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