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Lipstick Too Red? Tips for Best Color for Your Skin Tone

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

I was just browsing the cosmetic counter and the next thing I knew I had a make-over, and was talked into buying a lipstick color that is not me. I spent way too much on this bright red lipstick that I won't even wear and cannot return because I've used it (then rubbed it off before going out). Should I just force myself to wear it anyway and not feel so subconscious?


Seeing Red

Dear Seeing Red,

If you are not comfortable with this red color lipstick, then tone down the color with a brown colored lipstick. There is also no need to spend a lot of money on another lipstick, just purchase an inexpensive brand in brown. Then mix the colors as you apply the lipstick, first use the red, then cover it over with some brown and blend.


When wearing red lipstick, offers the following guidelines:

1. GO EASY ON THE SHINE: you don't need to call much more attention to your mouth. Dot clear gloss just in the middle of your lower lip.

2. FAIR SKIN TONE: Coral-y reds look most beautiful on you; they add a shot of color but aren’t overpowering.

3. MEDIUM SKIN TONE: Anything from true red to pinky-cranberry shades will work well with your golden undertones.

4. DARK SKIN TONE: Stick with deep, rich colors like burgundy or warm brick—superbright ones can seem too harsh.

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