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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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

    this article really didn’t help

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