You’ve seen it on celebs, your mom, and that cool girl on that cool blog. Red lipstick is a true beauty staple—and if you’re still intimidated by it, you shouldn’t be! The color never goes out of style, and one swipe easily takes your look from plain to polished.
Of course, the tricky part is finding the right shade for you. Because Filipina complexions are so varied, the scarlet your BFF swears by might not necessarily look the same on your lips. The good news? There are reds for every skin tone. And once you figure yours out—well, let’s just say it’s going to be the start of a very long love affair. Take the plunge today with this easy color guide.
FOR DEEP SKIN
Pucker up with dramatic maroon, deep raspberry, and warm brick red.
COLOR DOS: Anything similar to dark jam or reddish-brown rust.
COLOR DON’TS: Too-bright hues that overpower your skin tone. Often, these can come off harsh.
WE SUGGEST: Tarte’s Power Pigment in Blushing Bride, Buxom’s 3-in-1 Full-On Lipstick in Barcelona or Shanghai
FOR MEDIUM SKIN
Swipe on wine red, cranberry pink, and true red (that’s the classic crayon color).
COLOR DOS: Anything similar to bright roses or decadent rubies.
COLOR DON’TS: Few and far in between. In fact, most reds work well with your coloring, especially if they’re pink-based.
WE SUGGEST: Too Faced’s Melted Liquified Lipstick in Berry, Suesh’s Choose Your Own Palette Lip Color Pot in LC287, Lumiere Organic’s FlowerColor Ruby Red Lipstick
FOR FAIR SKIN
Cherry red, vibrant coral, and blood orange are the perfect pop of color.
COLOR DOS: Anything with a hint of coral in it.
COLOR DON’TS: Ultra-dark berry shades that border on vampiric. These tend to wash you out.
WE SUGGEST: Suesh’s Choose Your Own Palette Lip Color Pot in LC280, Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Stain in Lust, Lumiere Organic’s FlowerColor Sunset Burst Lipstick