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Choosing the right red lip color for your skin tone is more important than you might think. Too blue and you'll look washed out, too orange and it'll clash with your skin. Pick the perfect red for your skin tone with these tips.

Red lips are always on trend - they're classic, elegant and timeless, but they can also be incredibly fashion-forward, too. It's also the color of passion, danger and sex - and when daubed onto your lips, it can transform you from drab to vamp. We've seen everything from pinky-reds to deep, dark berry reds on the catwalk and in stores, but how do you choose the right red for your skin tone? 

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Learn everything you need to know about your skin tone and picking the right colors for your skin tone with these tips.

Getting To Know Your Skin Tone

Before you can go lipstick shopping, you need to get to know your skin tone - whether you're warm or cool, regardless of your skin color.

These tips should help you determine whether you're warm or cool.

  • If your skin tone is warm, you'll suit earthy colors, like brick red, orange, gold, peach, bronze, ivory, brown and moss green. You'll look fabulous in yellow.
  • If your skin tone is cool, you'll suit jewel colors, like purple, royal blue, emerald green, pink, silver and white. You'll look fabulous in blue.
  • Hold a piece of white paper up against your face whilst standing in front of a mirror. If your skin looks yellowish or golden next to the paper, your skin tone is warm, and if it looks pinkish or red next to the paper, your skin tone is cool.
  • Take a look at the inside of your wrists. Go and stand by a window (or outside) in natural light and make a fist with your hand. If the veins on the inside of your wrist are mainly green in color, your skin tone is warm. If the veins are mainly blue in color, your skin tone is cool.
  • Another way to determine your skin tone is to take a look at the bigger picture. Those with warm skin tend to have apricot undertones to their skin, as well as hair with flecks of red, gold, deep brown, orange or yellow, with green, hazel, brown or amber eyes. Those with cool skin tend to have pink undertones to their skin, as well as hair with flecks of ash, blue, violet or silver, with blue, blue-green, turquoise, gray-green or cool brown eyes.

If you're still unsure, that might mean that your skin is neutral toned.

If your skin is neutral, lucky you - it means you can get away with wearing virtually any makeup color and you'll look a million dollars!

Alternatively, pop into your local makeup counter - the beautician should be able to tell you what your skin tone is if you're having trouble.

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