Ask Ellbee ~ Red Lipstick

Dear Ellbee,

Can you recommend a good red lipstick for me?


Hi, Lexi.

There are lots of wonderful reds out on the market. The key is selecting the right complement color for your skin tone ~ and then careful application!

Here’s the breakdown:

If you have fair skin, you’ll want to shop for reds with blue-based undertones. Good choices include: COVERGIRL LipPerfection in Hot and Maybelline’s Super Stay 24 Color in All Day Cherry.

For darker skin or olive complexions, orangey reds and maroons work beautifully. A few to try: MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger, NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave and COVERGIRL LipPerfection in Flame.

If you have a medium skin tone, you can wear any red well. Yves Saint Laurent’s “Red Temptation” is a gorgeous true-red choice.

For flawless application, make sure lips are well conditioned. Use a little baking soda and water to gently exfoliate, rinse well, then hydrate lips with a small amount of balm or oil.

For sharpest definition, outline lips with a nude pencil. Use a quality lip brush to fill in with color.

Finally, place a single-ply tissue over your lips and lightly dust with loose powder. ~ Now smile. Because that color’s not going anywhere!

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  1. Pam says

    I tried the Red Temptation. What an awesome red color! It’s totally worth the money!

  2. Monique says

    that tip sounds amazing .. i have to try it out!

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