The Best Red Lipstick for You

Red lipstick is quite possibly the best makeup trend this year, and it’s not going away any time soon. So how do you find the best red lipstick for your skin tone? Easy, just follow these steps:

First, determine your skin tone. The most important part of finding the right red lipstick is to determine whether your skin tone is warm or cool. There are a few ways to do this: you can look at the veins in your inner wrist: if they’re more green then you’re warm, if they’re more blue then you’re cool. Or you can take a look at your jewelry. If gold jewelry looks better on you then you’re warm, if it’s silver then you’re cool.

Then, find the best red lipstick. Warm skin tones look best in orange-red lipstick, and cool skin tones look best in reds with blue undertones. However, if you’re still unsure if you’re a warm or a cool, then try a true brick red — this shade works on anyone.

Here are a few options:

MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger, $14.50 is a great orange-red lipstick.

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $14.50 is one of the best blue-red lipsticks.

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Red Muse, $34, is a nice neutral red lipstick that works on anyone.

Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick in Flirt Alert, $12, is a candy-apple red that will also work on anyone.

Now that you’ve got the best red lipstick for you, here are a few tips to apply it right:

1. First, wipe off any lip balm or moisture on your lips because this will keep the lipstick from staying.

2. Use a matching red lipliner to line around your lips and then fill them in. This will help your color last longer.

3. For a precise look, use a lip brush to carefully apply your red lipstick to your lips. Or, if you want more of a stained look, use your fingers to apply.

4. After you’ve applied your lipstick, place a tissue over your mouth and pat a translucent powder over the tissue. This will give your red lipstick a matte finish and it’s best chance of lasting all night long (although you’ll definitely want to bring along the tube for touchups during the night).