Red lipstick is a makeup bag staple. Red lips are the epitome of class, sexiness and sophistication. In recent years, the number of red lipstick shades has increased seven-fold. Women now have many different options when it comes to shades of red. From pinkish and orange tones to deep burgundy and purples, the range of red lipstick shades available speaks volumes to the color’s popularity.
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However, women of color often have a hard time finding a shade of red lipstick that compliments their skin tone. Many black women feel that most red lipsticks are either too orange or too bright. To be truthful, any black woman can pull off red lips. In years prior, red lipstick was the only shade that many makeup companies offered that was suitable enough for black women to wear.
With all the shades of red lipstick in the world of beauty today, it is absolutely possible for any woman to pull off the perfect red pout. You just have to know how. Here are some of our faves for Black women to rock and rock well.
MAC IN “RUBY WOO”
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Ruby Woo first launched in 1999 as part of collection with a new formula called Retro Matte. It was essentially a mattified version of the brand’s popular Russian Red. “It immediately rose to success as the best red on the market,” says Jennifer Balbier, senior VP of global product development at MAC. “It is iconic! We sell millions of units a year. We call Ruby Woo the perfect sexy red from the runway to you.” Yahoo.com
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICK IN “BLOODLINE”
Missing this cut☺️🙈. Hair is by @lolashair, wig made by me. Lip recipe: ✨Nightmoth✨ Lipliner from @maccosmetics paired with ✨Bloodline✨ liquid lipstick by @anastasiabeverlyhills.. I really love makeup☺️ #Kluermoi #thecutlife
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This ultra-saturated liquid formula delivers an intense shot of matte pigment in one easy swipe. A single application gives you smear-resistant coverage that stays put for hours. Anastasiabeverlyhills.com
ABONI COSMETICS MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK IN “SWEET REVENGE”
@kluermoi wearing our “Sweet Revenge” Matte Liquid Lipstick www.abonicosmetics.com Link in bio International shipping
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Different formula than our other matte liquid lipsticks (same as Vixen and Marine). This formula goes liquid and dries to a long lasting matte. Abonicosmetics.com
L’OREAL MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK IN “007 SAY MY NAME”
007 Say My Name 👠❤️💋 #readmylips #redobsession #lorealmakeup #worthit #mattemax
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The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Lipstick is a special lipstick: the fact poedertip has a special applicator that provides a long lasting, velvety matte effect and an intensely pigmented color. The lipstick does not feel dry and is ideal for creating so-called ombre lips. 007 Say My Name gives the lips a beautiful coral red color. www.themakeupspot.nl
COLOURPOP COSMETICS ULTRA MATTE LIPSTICK IN “AVENUE”
Brows: Chocolate DipBrow @anastasiabeverlyhills Eyes: Amber, Morocco and Deep Brown all @anastasiabeverlyhills single shadows. @lamourminklashes Face: Mac Studio Fix Fluid NC50, @lagirlcosmetics Pro Concealer Pure Beige, @sachacosmetics Buttercup Setting powder. Sweet as Cocoa Blush from Mac @citycolorcosmetics Highlight Trio. Lips: @colourpopcosmetics Ultra Matte Lipstick in Avenue. 💫💫💫 #jaytee #jayteedolls #jayteebrows #atlmua #atlmakeupartist #atlartist #norvina #atlantamua #atlantamakeup #atlantaartist #wakeupandmakeup #dressyourface #mua #glamtrashmua #mywork #makeupaddictioncosmetics#anastasiabeverlyhills #maccosmetics #colourpopcosmetics #makeupartist #mellypatrice #makeupatlanta #makeupblogger #makeupbyjaytee #SparkedbyJayTee #vegas_nay #anastasiabeverlyhillsbrows #makeupmafia #universodamaquiagem_oficial #jayteebride
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The key to choosing the right shade of red lipstick is to make sure the color compliments your skin tone and undertones. Those with gold or brown undertones will look best in red shades with a pinkish hue. Deep red shades with a brown or orange base look best on olive to dark skin tones.
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Despite your skin tone, with the right lip liner, you can wear virtually any shade of red lipstick. To make your search for the perfect red lip much easier, we’ve scoured Instagram and found 5 of the best lipsticks for black women.
What’s your favorite red lipstick? Share below!
I do not wear lipstick that much, but I have the MAC Ruby Woo and love it on me. That L’OREAL MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK IN “007 SAY MY NAME” is beautiful.
That Ruby Woo is calling my name. I think I may have to get it. I was always ran from red but no more! Thanks for sharing.