Redheads, this post is for you and your lips. I’m talking lipstick for us gingers. I’ll be honest here. I wasn’t brave enough to wear bold lip colors until about two years ago. There’s something about getting older that made me go, “Screw it. Take a risk. You only live once.” I want to end up being the 80 year old lady wearing bright red lipstick to water aerobics class. So I had to start somewhere.
But my red hair and very fair skin always made me too self conscious to wear a bold lip. I thought my light skin would make even the most modest of color too whore-ish (goofily pronounced “who-er-ish”) on me. Even though I thought bold lips looked great on every other redhead. But I researched (because I’m a N.E.R.D) about what hues of makeup to pair with what skin tone, tested out some lipsticks, and finally found an arsenal of colors I go to depending on my mood.
I tend to gravitate toward bright corals…and light corals…and all the other corals. But I’ve forced myself to branch out. And I’m glad I did because I’ve found some berry, reds, and neutrals that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise.
So here’s my list of lipsticks I think look great on fair-skinned redheads with blueish/pink undertones.
This is my absolute favorite on-the-go lip color. Like, the one that I throw on as I’m trying to exit my car in a hurry. It’s not so bold that if one small thing is off, you look like you threw your lips on when you were drunk. You might have been drunk, but this one will be forgiving if you’re doing some drunk lipstick application. It has enough color that it doesn’t make your lips blend into your skin (like mine normally do), but not so much that you’re making a statement. It’s the perfect neutral.
I had been subconsciously buying nothing but coral lip colors and knew I needed to find a bubble gum pink. But I didn’t want it to be too Barbie or too light that it would look like my skin. Tan people can pull these colors off. I, friends, am NOT tan. But I wanted a pink. This color by NYX has a 60s pink vibe, but has enough mauve in it to make it pop to keep it from looking like my pink skin.
This was my first bold lip color purchase ever. So I’m a little sentimental about this lipstick. Coral crush is the perfect amount of coral and pink and the buttery texture is so smooth. This was my first coral and it’s one that I hope they never discontinue. Because if they do, I will go into a makeup panic. #irrational
LOVE. I. Love. This. Lip color. Can’t you tell? The label has worn off of the stick. This is more orange than the previous Coral Crush. I love the orange-y-ness and the balmy-ness that provides a subtle amount of shine without being too sticky. And for a balm, it lasts a good amount of time. Not all day, but more than you would expect a balm to last.
I think I gravitate toward balms. I was looking for a red balm because I wanted something that gave a reddish/pink tint without going all out and being a cream or matte texture. Like a red for a yoga pants and bun type day. All the pinks I found were too light so I went to the bold end of the spectrum and picked out a red balm and it ended up being perfect! It adds color and stains the lips to become a darker pink than they are as the balm wears off.
I could get in major trouble with giving all my money to Colorpop. I LOVE their products. Their lip colors last forever, their shadows and blushes are highly pigmented, they are so affordable, and I love their Snapchat because they’re constantly testing out and showing you their products on various skin tones. AND this Lippie Stix smells like Vanilla! This berry pink lasts for-ev-ER! Seriously, all day. The pink pigments work well with the pinks in my skin tone actually helping to neutralize the pinkness.
Girl. I thought I would look like such a who-er with a bold red lip. But I wanted to pull it off so bad because I’m obsessed with the 50s and bold old ladies who wear red lips. A couple of years ago I had a dream that I put on red lipstick and I was FLAWLESS. I woke up and my subconscious convinced me. I figured out that orange reds, rather than berry reds, work best with the blues and pinks of my skin tone to counteract my skin’s redness. Finding the right texture I liked was a challenge. I tried 24 hour creams that ended up flaking in the middle of the day. I tried regular cream lipsticks but I worked so hard to get the lines perfect and they always smeared right off. This matte texture is a good mix in between. It lasts a while without flaking but doesn’t come off with one sip of my coffee.
I had read that people with blue/pink tones, rather than yellow tones, should stay away from berry reds. So I did. I didn’t go near them. Then I got this free NARS color for free as Sephora on my birthday last year. I figured it didn’t hurt to try it. It was free. I’ve since used that free stick and repurchased! Smart marketing, NARS. It’s not too purple or too dark that it makes me look and feel gothic. But it’s the right amount of bold berry to round out my lip color collection.
Any redheads out there have a favorite lip color?
Shop this post:
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil • NARS • $26
Nyx Cosmetics Matte Lipstick • NYX • $5.99
L’Oreal Pop Balm • L’Oreal • $7.99
Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain • Revlon • $9.49
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor • Maybelline • $7.49
ColourPop Lippie Stix • ColourPop • $5
NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick • NYX • $3.99
Clinique ‘Chubby Stick’ Moisturizing Lip Color Balm • Clinique • $17