When thinking about bridal make up, the keywords are natural, subtle, elegant and pretty. Red lipstick isn’t a first choice for a white wedding for the fear of looking overdone and vampy, however red lipstick is such a gorgeous way of creating a bridal look and can easily be used for a natural elegant look and any good bridal make up artist can do this for you.
Red lipstick is very vintage and 1920’s but we’re all about living past eras, especially in fashion and beauty, because well..
Choosing a red lipstick that suits your skin tone is imperative. Here a few pointers in choosing the right shade.
Firstly there are different types of skin, cool and warm. Warm skin has yellow and golden undertones, whereas cool skin has pink and blue undertones. The quickest way to figure it out? Look at the veins on your inner wrist in natural light: if they look green you have warm skin, and if they look blue, you have cool skin.
Warm Skin Tones
For warm complexions use orangey reds, tomato reds, reds with a golden base or tawny reds
Cool Skin Tones
For cool complexions use pink reds, berry reds, reds with a blue undertone like plums
For all skin tones a REAL red would work- think post box red.
Now that we have skin tones covered we move to skin colours..
(picture sourced from The Beauty Department)
Cool undertoned reds generally speaking look the best with this type of skin, however for a statement look use a warm red.
Fair skin in general should use a cooler red, hints of plum work wonders. Again using a warm red creates a bold look.
This warm skinned colour suits a cooler look, think light berry to create your look.
Yellow undertones in this skin prefer a warm red , golden undertoned to set off the colour in your skin. A cool red in this case add drama.
A warm red with a green or brown undertone look amazing with olive skin, think autumn reds and you have your perfect match.
A warm brown red is more suited to you than a berry gold red, but with this skin a cool colour can sometimes create more of a match. For tawny skin I would suggest trialling a few and then taking photos. The photos will tell you which suits you.
Orange reds are PERFECT for caramel skin, probably the only skin colour to REALLY be able to carry an orange undertoned red.
Go deep! go for a deep dark maroon, these colours suit without looking scary (as they would on a fairer skin colour.
I will leave you with some of my favourite red lip looks..