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The best red lipstick for every skin tone

Looking for your new bold lip color?
/ Source: TODAY

Nothing says glamour quite like a bold red lip. From Marilyn Monroe to Gwen Stefani, the Hollywood shade has been a timeless showstopper. With so many reds out there, which hue is for you?

We asked top makeup artists to recommend the perfect red lipstick shade by skin tone below.

Editor's Note: Remember, lipstick is a personal preference, so no matter your skin tone, choose whichever lipstick you personally like best. Plus, our expert made recommendations based on skin tones she is familiar with, but no makeup artist has all the answers!

Best red lipsticks for fair skin tones

  • 1. Nars Audacious Lipstick In Olivia, $34, Sephora

Snow white complexions like Mara Rooney tend to have cool undertones, so a blue-based Bordeaux or burgundy will bring your skin to life and make your eyes pop, said New York City makeup artist Jenn Blum. Reviewers on Sephora with porcelain skin also love the color Mona.

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A skin tone like Rooney Mara's looks great with a blue-based red lipstick.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic
  • 2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick In Bombshell Red, $5, Amazon

If you have a light skin tone similar to Emma Watson, try a rich cherry red to rev up your fair skin with luxurious color. Stay away from reds with too much warm yellow in them, as they can wash out your natural coloring, Blum advised.

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A rich, sophisticated red looks great with a skin tone like Emma Watson's.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic

Best red lipsticks for medium skin tones

  • 1. Danessa Myricks Colorfix In Primary Red, $18, Alcone

If you have a warm skin tone like Cindy Crawford, what you see in the tube is typically what appears on your lips, and you can pull off both cool and warm tones with ease. In particular, try a warm brownish red to light up your face, said Blum.

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With skin tones like Cindy Crawford's, the color in the lipstick tube generally looks the same on your lips.Stephane Cardinale / Getty Images
  • 2. Besame Cosmetics 1959 Lipstick In Red Hot Red, $22, Dermstore

A neutral undertone like Sofia Vergara's means true reds and coral reds will bring out your natural golden glow — and you can easily wear either, no matter the season or time of day, said Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge Lead Artist Laurie Watts. Vergara is not afraid to rock a red lip in summer and in winter.

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A bold red lip looks great on Sofia Vergara.Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images
  • 3. Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip In Brick Trick, $24, Ulta

Also available at Smashbox.

If you have olive skin like Ashley Graham with yellow-green undertones, you'll look gorgeous in warm shades that are also bold. Try an orange-based brick red to counter sallowness and to illuminate your skin with vibrant color, said Blum.

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On skin tones like Ashley Graham, a brick red would look amazing.Myrna M. Suarez / Getty Images

Smashbox MegaTint Long Wear Lip Color Cerise, $30, Amazon

Also available for $25 at Walmart.

With natural warmth in your skin tone (think Beyonce), a true cherry red is the hue you should pick to bring out your luminous glow and brighten your teeth for a dazzling smile, said Blum.

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Bright, cherry reds look great on a skin tone like Beyonce's.Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic

Since this product is low in stock, Blum recommended Stila's Stay All Day Shimmer Liquid Lipstick in Beso as a very similar alternative.

Best red lipstick for darker skin tones

  • 1. Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick In Courtisane 02, $13, Sephora

If you've got a cool and calm skin tone like Kerry Washington, your complexion looks amazing in blue-based wine hues, says Watts. Steer clear of pinky reds that can look harsh, Blum added.

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A wine-inspired hue would look great on a skin tone like Kerry Washington's.Walter McBride / WireImage
  • 2. Tarte Cosmetics Color Splash Lipstick In Sundaze, $21, Sephora

Also available at Tarte.

If you've got a skin tone like Gabrielle Union, play the field! Blum said that rich skin tones steal the spotlight in highly pigmented orange-reds that contrast with warm undertones of the skin.

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A highly pigmented red, similar to the one Gabrielle Union is wearing here, looks great on her.Mark Brown / Getty Images
  • 3. Rms Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick In Russian Roulette, $28, Amazon

Also available at Sephora and Dermstore.

If you've got a skin tone like Lupita Nyong'o, you've also got options. One good go-to is a softer, blue-based red, said Blum.

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Though we're not sure which lipstick Lupita Nyong'o is wearing in this picture, the blue-based red color looks great.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic

This story was originally published on Dec. 5, 2016.