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Makeup Mondays: Shades of Red

As the weather gets warmer and the cold grey days float behind us our skin calls out to be bright. Lipstick can give a whole new cheery side to your face and give off a vibrancy that is captivating.
Red lipstick is the most go to colour when deciding on options – it’s classic and it’s fun, but it can sometimes overwhelm someone’s face if you choose the wrong shade. We took 3 girls up to our studio with different skin tones; a golden girl, a porcelain girl and girl with lovely dark olive skin to see what colour shade of red best suited them.

Golden Tones

If you have a beautiful golden skin tone; a subtle orange red will best suit your complexion like Mac Mattene Lipstick in You Say Tomato . To prep her lips we used a Lip Scrub by Fresh and then softened the lips with a healing ointment from Eucerin. If you have thin lips it’s best to tap the top of the lipstick with your finger and then press the middle of your lips and work outwards – this will make you lips look fuller

Porcelain Tones


If you have that beautiful milky skin tone we found that a red colour with a slight tinge of pink looks most pretty. We prep the lips same as above then smeared on Dragon Girl Matt Crayon from Nars. If you have fuller sweetheart lips then it best to go ahead and fill the whole lips in straight from the crayon – it will give them a nice pulp.

Tip: if you want to matt out any lip colour you can press a sheer powder on top lightly, it takes any shine you don’t want and gives the lip colour a longer staying power.


Olive Skin


If you have an olive skin tone you already have a lot of great colour in your skin and a nice pigment in your lips. We think a tinted lip balm from the berry colour family looks great like  Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Balm or you can choose your favorite lip colour and mix it in with your lip balm for a subtle shade. It will give the colour in your skin a little something extra special.

Tip: to find your natural lip colour bite your lips gently and the colour will rush to the front.

Here’s the product we used on the 3 girls, do you have a favorite shade of red?


Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, Healing Ointment, Mac Mattene Lipstick in You Say Tomato, Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Balm, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

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Christina -March 12, 2012, 2:30PM

Love the red orange. So pretty and bright!

Come check out the Italian Pasta Salad I made.


Lucy -March 12, 2012, 3:15PM

and here’s another tip: chose the color of your lipstick based on your style, or how you feel today, or who you’d like to be for that one day. girl, don’t you ever chose your lipstick, your makeup or anything your wear based on the color of your skin. trust me.

blisscreation -March 12, 2012, 4:52PM

YEAH!!!! Love the red orange beautiful. BACIO

Karen -March 12, 2012, 6:05PM

Love the orange red! So Chaud by MAC is amazing!

Claire -March 12, 2012, 7:52PM

These are all pretty colors and girls! I have a golden skin tone, I’m definatley going to try the orange red one!

Anonymous -March 12, 2012, 8:09PM

What about a red for dark skin tones? Or do we not exist in the Free People world…:-(

michelle -March 12, 2012, 8:12PM

very good anon!!!

Anonymous -March 13, 2012, 1:29AM

I find with dark skin tones all reds especially ones with a blue undertone work great. The brighter the better. Try MAC in Ruby Woo

Anonymous -July 10, 2012, 1:16AM

Every skin tone is pretty Free People. Make sure to include all types. It is just not right if Free People does not. :(

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