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Redhead? You Need These Red Lipsticks

I don’t care what anyone says, red lipstick looks insanely good on redheads.

Redhead red lipstick

But, there’s a clever knack to getting this beauty look right: you’ve got to know which type of red lipstick you should go for, according to what your skin tone is.

Being a natural ginger, you’re probably very fair, pale even. But there are warm, cool and neutral shades to all skin colours, and you should know which category you fall into.

Do you have a warm, cool or neutral skin shade?

If you have warm undertones, your skin will lean peachy, yellow, or golden. If you have cool undertones, your skin will lean pink, red, or blue.

The best trick is to look at the inside of your wrists. If your veins appear blue or purple, you’re cool-toned, and if you’re green, you’re warm-toned. Something in between? Then you’re probably neutral.

Once you’ve got that sorted, now is the fun part…


Cool or pink skin tone = plum, wine or blue reds

MAC Ruby Wood

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo: £15.50

Rimmel Diva Red

Rimmel in Diva Red

Berry Much Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Berry Much: £3.50

Warm yellow skin tone = red-oranges, corals or red-browns

Nars Satin Lipstick - Niagara

NARS Satin Lipstick in Niagara: £21

Face Stockholm in Ullas Röda

FACE Stockholm in Ullas Röda: $22

Barry M Stain Paint in Eternal Coral

Barry M Stain Paint in Eternal Coral: £4.49

Neutral or very pale porcelain skin tone = cherry red or scarlet

Absolu Rouge Idole 134

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Idole 134: £23.50

Benefit Benetint

Benefit Benetint: £24.50


Barry M Ultra Moisturising Lip Paint in Little Vixen

Barry M Ultra Moisturising Lip Paint in Little Vixen


But, being a ginger, the choosing of your colour doesn’t stop there. (Darn it!)

The biggest no-no when wearing red lipstick when you have red hair is matching the two. You need to find a shade which is richer and more intense to make your hair colour really pop!

So, if your hair is at the orange-y end of the spectrum, look at the brighter blue-reds first – incidentally these colours also look great if you’ve got blue, green or grey eyes.

If you are more of an auburn tone you’ll find that warmer, spicier tones will work for you.


READ: Orange Lipsticks For Redheads
READ: Should Redheads Wear Red Lipstick?


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