There’s no reason to be red with envy at the Marilyns and models of the world. Everyone can wear this iconic shade—and it always adds polish to your look.
How to Pick a Shade “Brick red looks beautiful if your skin is very dark,” says Fiona Stiles, a makeup artist in Los Angeles. If your complexion is golden brown, opt for a true red, with no hint of blue or orange. Orange reds suit Latinas and women with olive skin, while the very fair fare best with a cool blue red (think Snow White).
What to Pair It With For a daytime look (and, yes, red is fine for day), try a coat of mascara and a healthy dose of blush to balance out the deep color on your lips, says Andie Markoe-Byrne, a New York City makeup artist. For evening, add black liner and gold shadow.
To buy: By Terry Rouge Terrybly in Frenetic Vermillion, $49, barneys.com.
Consider nude your new default lipstick (maybe even a replacement for that pink gloss). The best ones are creamy, with a little sheen—and never boring.
How to Pick a Shade First things first: Nude doesn’t mean concealer-colored. “It’s actually a fusion of flesh and tan—your lip color, but enhanced,” says Romero Jennings, a MAC runway makeup artist. To determine your best nude, apply one, then flash a big, gummy smile in the mirror. “Your gums don’t have to match your lips, but they shouldn’t look too light or dark next to them,” he says.
What to Pair With Nude goes with anything, but for extra drama (a.m. or p.m.), add copious amounts of liner, shadow, and mascara.
To buy: Jane Iredale PureMoist LipColour in Julia, $20, skinstore.com for info.
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Estée Lauder Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Nude Velvet
Soft brown looks beautiful against golden brown skin.