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How to Find the Perfect Red Lipstick for YOUR Skin Tone


There are certain things that can be found more easily than others. The nearest pizza place when a craving calls? You can probably find that in seconds. The perfect red lip that actually looks good with your skin tone, and makes you feel like a million bucks? That may have eluded you for years-until now.
With Valentine's Day in mind, we're helping you discover the red lip you've been looking for-the one that's guaranteed to look amazing with your particular skin tone. Keep reading to meet your match!

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An alabaster complexion like Rooney Mara's pairs perfectly with wine-colored reds for an overall effect that's sultry and sophisticated, not vampy. Look for shades of merlot and raisin with just a hint of brick.

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Creamy porcelain skin was made for rich cherry reds, which warm up the cool pink undertones in fairer complexions similar to that of Cate Blanchett.

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Milky ivory skin like that of Amanda Seyfreid contrasts flawlessly with cranberry-colored lips for a look that's glamorous and grown-up.
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A golden-tan complexion that's light-medium, like Diane Kruger's skin after a quick summer holiday, looks best with vibrant reds. If the lipstick shade has the slightest hint of orange, it'll enhance your warm, sunny tones.

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A natural tan complexion with neutral undertones, like Jennifer Lopez's, pairs well with a blackberry-red that pulls from the cranberry and plum camps of color.

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Eva Mendes is a walking advertisement for the olive-coral combination. Coral reds with punchy pink undertones were made to enhance olive skin, especially with a shimmery finish for added dimension.
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As BeyoncГ© has shown time and time again, a caramel complexion's best match is a trueВ red. It's the singer's well-documentedВ red lip of choice, and you know that if Queen Bey abides by a beauty go-to, it has to be good.В

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If you have mocha-colored skin, take a cute from Jourdan Dunn and get acquainted with deep purple-reds of the plum variety.

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Lupita Nyong'O epitomizes the way orangey-red shades complement darker skin tones beautifully. If you have cocoa-colored skin, reach for red lipsticks with orange undertones that will look electric in contrast to your complexion.
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