For some, red might be a daring colour or “too bright”, for others it represents power, beauty and boldness. No matter what you think about the colour red, owning your own perfect version of it is a statement necessity that probably comes very naturally to every make-up lover. Some of you surely will be a little ambiguous before indulging in a red lip shade, and even stubborn about it not being meant for you. However, the real reason may be because you have not found your perfect shade yet. With this being a popular reason, we have compiled a list of our top 5 shades of red. Keeping in mind the diversity that Indian beauty comes in, this list will guide you alongside your make-up shopping.
Bright And Yet Not:
If a scarlet red is too bright a zone for you, a colour with colder or neutral tones of red, like the crimson, will be perfect. Take Mac’s Ruby Woo as a reference, and look for shades that are similar to that. It has a neutral under tone and is perfect for day as well as evening wear.
The Brighter, The Better:
This is, with all honesty, a daring, but the most fun one! Pick a shade that is more towards orange. Even though it sounds scary, if you match your undertones with the under tones of the lipstick, you won’t regret it. In my personal opinion, Bawse by Lily Singh (Smashbox Cosmetics), is a perfect bright scarlet red for Indian skin tones. Most of us have a warm undertones and this shade can be a perfect reference for us all.
The Dark Side:
Maroons are mostly very versatile on all skin tones. A maroon is a red that can look sophisticated yet fun, grown up yet young, and appropriate for almost every occasion. For a reference, turn to the Maybelline Creamy Mattes’ Cosmopolitan Red. It’s the perfect starting point if you haven’t ever tried a maroon.
The Brick Red:
This colour is perfect for if you are looking for duller, more faded version of red. A little rusty and light, this colour can look nude on some skin tones and bright on the others. However, it still is red and a really different one too. Maybelline Superstay liquid lipstick collection has a colour called – Groundbreaker. As the name suggests, the colour has a very unique earthiness to it.
The Cherry Pops:
This deeper, wine version of the red is definitely a must to have in your collection. Some variants of the colour may have a mauve undertone, while the other may have a crimson one. Depending on your preference, you can choose any. The shade Cherry Chic by Lakme (9 to 5 Primer + Matte lip colour) is the perfect deep crimson red. Check it out for yourself!