Red lipstick suits everyone. We repeat: red lipstick suits everyone. It’s just about finding the right shade for your skin tone…
Browse the gallery below to find your perfect shade.
Words: Natalie Lukaitis
Photography: Billie Scheepers
Make-up: James Molloy at D and V Management
Hair: Jordon Leigh at Frank
Models: Sophie Longford at Milk Management, Leah Goode at Storm, Xu Liu at Storm, Kiran Kandola at Storm, Savannah Blake at Select, Kelly Moreira at Elite
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True reds: lipstick in Supermodel Kiss
Fair, freckled skin tends to have undertones of pink, which are gently diffused by cooler shades of red lipstick like this bright scarlet hue (£14, Rosie for Autograph, marksandspencer.com).
True reds: Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Love
The orange tinge in this pillar box red will add warmth to pale complexions, while the subtle hint of blue will make them look more luminous (£7.99, Revlon, boots.com)
True reds: Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Carnal
The equal amount of orange and blue undertones in this lipstick give Asian skins a perfect balance and fresh glow (£25, Estée Lauder, esteelauder.co.uk).
True reds: Moisturizing Lipstick in Marigold
The richness in this tomato red will bring out hints of gold in mixed-race or olive skin, whereas a cool, blue based red will dull the complexion (£21, Elizabeth Arden, elizabetharden.co.uk).
True reds: Rich Lip Color in Blazing Red
Full-bodied, brick reds will flatter those with Indian heritage by counteracting any dull undertones and making skin beam (£20, Bobbi Brown, bobbibrown.co.uk).
True reds: Lipstick in Ruby Woo
For the most flattering finish, opt for a true red that sits a shade darker than a fire engine tone. The depth of colour will offset black skin beautifully (£15.50, MAC, maccosmetics.co.uk).
Orange reds: Colour Balm Lipstick in Valentina
Orange can bring out yellow undertones in freckly skin. Try a red with a hint of tangerine to create a believable and flattering flush of colour (£16, Stila, stila.co.uk).
Orange reds: Lipstick in Genre
Colour appears boldest on pale skin, so you only need a hint of orange, like this watermelon shade, to get the ‘pow’ orange effect (£22, Lipstick Queen, uk.spacenk.com).
Orange reds: Audacious Lipstick in Lana
This family of hot reds works best with Asian skin as the pigment pops like neon against a cooler skintone, and brightens the eyes (£24, NARS, narscosmetics.co.uk).
Orange reds: Rouge Pur Couture in Orange de Chine
Deep olive and golden skintones are naturally warm, which is why the depth of this fiery red shade complements this complexion so well (£26, YSL, yslbeauty.co.uk).
Orange reds: Lipstick in Mandarin/Fireball
Although this lipstick has orange and red at its base, it also contains a hint of blue, which flatters olive hues in the skin (£17, Smashbox, smashbox.co.uk).
Orange reds: Lipstick in Flare
This is packed with bold colour pigments, so it will give a great colour payoff, while the coral shade lends an added glow (£19.50, Illamasqua, illamasqua.com).
Pink reds: Rouge Terrybly in Hot Cranberry
Anything that’s too pale in colour and texture will drown against the pinkness of freckly skin, so go for a deeper berry shade for impact (£33.50, By Terry, harrods.com).
Pink reds: Le Rouge Lipstick in Irresistible
This intense shade of lipstick has the perfect balance of pink and blue undertones to perk up pale skin without being too warm or cool (£26, Givenchy, debenhams.com).
Pink reds: Rouge Lipstick in Pimpant
The cool tones of Asian skin make pigment stand out so if you want a subtle lip, try a lightweight, sheerer texture (£26.50, Dior, selfridges.com).
Pink reds: Lipstick in Soft Paprika
This fuchsia-red has a slight touch of peach in it, which will give olive skin a balmy glow. A glossy texture will also add volume and depth to lips (£9.95, No 7, boots.com).
Pink reds: Rouge Coco Stylo in Roman
Like pink concealers counteract grey under the eyes in dark skintones, so does the raspberry in this red lipstick, making Indian skin more vibrant (£26, Chanel, chanel.com).
Pink reds: Lipstick in Mon Cheri
Go for a blue-based raspberry, as rich and dark as possible because anything with a pink undertone will wash out black skin (£22, Laura Mercier, johnlewis.com).
Brown reds: Lipstick in Rocksteady
Rich cherry reds will complement the pink undertones in fair skins to make lips really pop and skin look brighter (£16, Urban Decay, urbandecay.com).
Brown reds: Lipstick in Glam Plum Fulham
The subtle blue tones in this deep red look rich against pale skintones and brighten the whites of eyes and your teeth. Bonus (£6.49, Rimmel London, superdrug.com).
Brown reds: Le Marc Lip Creme in Miss Scarlet
Violet undertones will exaggerate any blueish undertones in Asian skin. Soften the look with a chestnut-hued red (£24, Marc Jacobs, harrods.com).
Brown reds: Lip Tar in Anita
Plum tones tend to be too cool for mixed race skins so will look dull, whereas a deep brown red will enhance hints of gold in the skin (£13.25, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, beautybay.com).
Brown reds: Lipstick in Glastonberry
Shades that look too purple will appear grey and make Indian skin look flat. Go for cranberry and wine shades for a more vibrant appearance (£23, Charlotte Tilbury, charlottetilbury.com).
Brown reds: Lip Color in Dark and Stormy
For a brooding brown red, opt for purple, grape and currant hues, which appear red as opposed to violet on darker skin (£38, Tom Ford, houseoffraser.co.uk).