Red Lipstick Even You Can Wear
Blond Hair/Fair Skin
STAR INSPIRATION Kristen Bell
EXPERT TIP "If you've got light hair and skin, go for a true red," says makeup artist Fiona Stiles, whose regular clients include Halle Berry, Elizabeth Banks, and Paula Patton. And what exactly is a true red? "It's got just the teeniest bit of blue in it," she explains. "That hint of coolness will help downplay any ruddiness in your skin."
EXPERT PICK Lipstick Queen Sinner in Red ($18, spacenk.com). "I love this formula because even though it's matte, it still goes on easily and doesn't feel dry or chalky," says Stiles.
Blond Hair/Medium Skin
STAR INSPIRATION Cameron Diaz
EXPERT TIP "With light hair and skin that has a little more color in it, you can really get away with a broader range of reds," says Stiles. "It's really your personal choice of how dramatic you're feeling - try orangey hues or ones that are more purple."
EXPERT PICK Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon ($32, chanel.com). "This bright crimson is one of my favorite formulas at the moment," she says. "It has the slickness of a gloss but the hold of a lipstick."
Blond Hair/Dark Skin
STAR INSPIRATION Leona Lewis
EXPERT TIP "If you've got light hair and darker skin, try an orange-red," says Stiles. "The warm undertones of the color make your skin look glowy and more golden."
EXPERT PICK Chanel Rouge Allure in Audace ($30, chanel.com). "A persimmon shade with a touch of gold," says Stiles.
Red Hair/Fair Skin
STAR INSPIRATION Christina Hendricks
EXPERT TIP "People always tell redheads not to wear red, but the way I see it is that you already have a dramatic look, so you might as well just go with it," Stiles says. Look for corals or orange-reds. "Most redheads have soft pink undertones in their skin, so reds that lean towards the rosy side look really modern and unexpected," she says.
EXPERT PICK Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Day Lily ($25, norstrom.com). "This is a true orange-red, plus the creamy formula goes on like silk," says Stiles.
Dark Hair/Fair Skin
STAR INSPIRATION Leighton Meester
EXPERT TIP "With light skin and dark hair, the eyebrows already add a little weight to the face, so you can get really dramatic," says Stiles. Look for deep cherry reds with cool undertones or burgundy hues, but skip orange-red: "It could clash with your skin."
EXPERT PICK MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger ($14, maccosmetics.com). "This seriously matte red will bring out your inner diva," she says.
Dark Hair/Medium Skin
STAR INSPIRATION America Ferrera
EXPERT TIP "Because there's less differentiation between your hair and skin color, bold shades won't look as shocking," Stiles explains. Again, she likes a blue-based, true red. "But play with a berry shade if you want to go darker. It can be really gorgeous."
EXPERT PICK NARS Matte Velvet Pencil in Cruella ($24, narscosmetics.com). "It's a wonderful deep scarlet red," says Stiles. "Plus the chubby crayon gives you a softer line than a traditional lip pencil."
Dark Skin/Dark Hair
STAR INSPIRATION Gabrielle Union
EXPERT TIP "I like a tomato red with yellow undertones. That extra depth adds a little light, so that you don't just have one flat field of color on your lips," Stiles advises.
EXPERT PICK Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave ($24, narscosmetics.com). "This is my perennial favorite tomato red," says Stiles.