How many times have you seen someone wearing an amazing red and thought, “Looks great on her but I could never pull it off.” Well, believe it or not, anyone can rock the color red, and it’s especially stunning against melanin-rich skin. Red is an empowering color that projects confidence, strength, and determination. Worn on your lips or eyes, as part of your wardrobe, or as an accessory red exudes a warmth and positivity that can’t be ignored. But with so many variations of this powerful color, how do you know which shade will work best for you? Whether you’re headed to the office, the grocery store, or a night on the town, you can channel your inner Beyonce by following these guidelines for wearing your best red.
KNOW YOUR UNDERTONES
Women of color have a variety of skin tones and undertones, so this general rule of thumb will help you determine the best shade of red for your skin. Your complexion has both a surface tone (fair, medium, deep) and an undertone (warm, cool, neutral). The key to finding your perfect red is complementing your skin’s undertone. An easy way to find your undertones is to look at the inside of your wrists. If your veins look green, you’re warm; if they’re blue, you’re cool; if you’ve got a combination of the two, your undertones are neutral. Think about the jewelry you look best in. Is it gold (warm) silver (cool) or is your complexion great no matter which one you wear (neutral)?
WHAT’S MY BEST RED?
So now that you know your undertones, how do you pick the perfect red? Blue-based cherry reds are most flattering on fair/light complexions and can even make your teeth look whiter. Medium/tan skin tones look amazing in brick reds, while olive skin should choose a more yellow or golden-orange base to brighten and accent it. Richer complexions can go from red-orange to plum-wine hues. Always stay mindful of your undertones; this is what determines how warm or cool you can go with the shade of red. Neutral undertones are the luckiest of all because they can wear most any of these reds and look like a rock star. Remember, the deeper your skin tone the more intense and vibrant your red can be. This translates from makeup to clothing and accessories.
WEAR IT WITH CONFIDENCE
If you’re a red newbie, you may want to start out slowly. A red scarf, cap, or a pair of red shoes can amp up any outfit. A splash of red with otherwise neutral hues and fun fabrics is a great combination. My favorite way to wear red is lipstick. It’s like a little black dress, always classic and sophisticated. If you’ve never attempted a red lip you can test the waters with a sheer red gloss, or be daring with a bold red lipstick. Be sure to keep the rest of your makeup minimal, your red lip should be the star of the show. Whatever you chose be sure to make it your own. Have fun, be adventurous, and never let anyone tell you that you can’t wear red.