Before we dive in, let's get this out of the way: Anyone can wear whatever red lipstick they like, full-stop. However, you can expedite finding a red lipstick you love by taking your skin tone into account. We asked professional makeup artists to share the shades of red lipstick that flatter each complexion best, along with some product recommendations for you to choose from. If you're worrying that you can't "pull off" red, here's our advice: stop. It may seem like a The Devil Wears Prada cerulean belt situation at times, but as the experts will tell you, there's a veritable rainbow within red lippies alone. However, armed with the right knowledge like
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There's no denying it: Red lipstick is a power move. Sure, we can all rattle off the Hollywood bombshells that made the stuff a glamour-girl essential — Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Liz Taylor, to name a few. But consider these other powerful ladies in red: Queen Victoria believed her red lipstick could work magic and even repel death. She was wearing nearly a half-inch of it when she died. Elizabeth Arden herself handed out red lipsticks to women fighting for voting rights at the New York City Suffragette March.
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Pink is professional. Nudes are subtle. Oranges, purples, and creams—all nice. But red lipstick is a shade for any occasion, if you ask us. And in the long history of the powerful color, there are certain red lipstick shades and formulas that have become so iconic, you can probably list them by name.