How to Find the Right Red Lip Color

redlipleadThere was a time, not too long ago, when I was convinced the classic red lip was not for me. I would randomly grab any old tube of “red” from the drugstore which would, inevitably, look nothing like the chic shades I saw modeled between the pages of fashion magazines and on my favorite blogs. While I’ve since discovered that orangy-reds and coral shades work well for me, with the holiday season upon us, I turned to Adrienne, one of our go-to on-set makeup artists here in Pittsburgh, to get her take on finding the right, go-with-anything shade of red.

While we here at ModCloth firmly believe in wearing what makes you feel like the best version of yourself — makeup included — there’s no doubt that having a fool-proof shade of red lipstick comes in handy when you’re in a pinch, whether you’re running late in the morning, or transitioning from the office to a cocktail party. To show off Adrienne’s expertly crafted shades, I enlisted the help of three ModEmployees, who are here to show off the ravishing reds that Adrienne created just for them.


Adrienne chose a deep red wine hue to compliment Business Process Analyst Barbara‘s cooler undertones and deeper complexion. Using a make-up brush she first blended the color onto Barbara’s lips, then added a pop of true, bright red to the center of the lower lip to add dimension.


For Fashion Writer Christen, Adrienne first brushed a true red shade onto her lips, then layered an eye-catching orange shade on top. The pop of orange compliments the red undertones in Christen’s hair, and adds an unexpected twist to the traditional red.


Adrienne took a unique approach to Photo Retoucher Maggie’s lips, first using an all-purpose, chestnut-hued make-up pencil to line and fill her lips, and then layering a deep red with brick undertones over top. The layered hues create a multi-dimensional color that pops against her bronze skin tone and dark hair.

About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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  1. pualani 12/13/2013 at 3:00 pm #

    This is a great article full of tips, especially with red lips becoming as popular as it is!

  2. Sam 12/19/2013 at 5:20 am #

    I disagree. This only says what Adrienne chose for these 3 women. The article doesn’t explain why Adrienne chose the colors she did, or which red undertones are best with different skin tones.

  3. Melanie 01/22/2014 at 11:57 am #

    I still don’t know which red is for me or what the heck is chestnut hued…. Although I do like the colors she used. I just wish it were more informative.

  4. monique 02/04/2014 at 10:39 am #

    this article really didn’t help

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