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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 your perfect shade by skin tone below.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Olivia, $34, Sephora
Snow white complexions (think 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, says New York City makeup artist Jenn Blum. Reviewers on Sephora with porcelain skin also love the color Mona.
Hydrating Lipstick in Simone, $20, Dermstore
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 advises.
Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Paprika, $25, Nordstrom
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, says Blum. Cindy Crawford is an excellent example of a celebrity with a medium skin tone.
Classic Color Lipstick in Red Hot Red 1959, $22, Sephora
A neutral undertone 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, says Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge Lead Artist Laurie Watts. Sophia Vergara is not afraid to rock a red lip in summer and in winter.
Studded Kiss Lipstick in Countess, $21, Sephora
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, says Blum.
Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne, $34, NARS
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, says Blum. There are a select few available on Amazon for only $26.
Rouge Cream Lipstick in Courtisane 02, $12, Sephora
Cool and calm like Kerry Washington, your complexion looks amazing in blue-based wine hues, says Watts. Steer clear of pinky reds that can look harsh, Blum adds.
Vice Lipstick in Bang, $17, Sephora
Vice Lipstick in Manic, $17, Sephora
Play the field! Your rich skin tone steals the spotlight in highly pigmented orange-reds that contrast with warm undertones of your skin. Or, go softer with a blue-based red, says Blum.
This story was originally published on Dec. 5, 2016.