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Red Lipstick

The Power of Red


Red lips grab attention.

Historically, red lips are a statement of power. From Cleopatra to Lady Gaga, red lips continue to dominate.

Red lips work year round and are especially appropriate in the months leading into winter.

For those of you who wear red lips already, you have found that red that works for you.

For those who don’t and want to, the following is a breakdown of reds and how to wear them without feeling as if you are wearing a neon sign on your face.

What shade of red is right for you?



As with any color, there are many shades of that color.

As red is a primary color, it is the ratio of the blue to yellow in a red that mostly dictates the red.

Here are examples of red lip shades.


True Red

A balance of the blue and yellow with the red.



Blue Red

More blue than yellow with the red



Warm Red

More yellow than blue with the red



Brown Red

Red mixed with brown



Burgundy Red

A secondary color purple mixed with red



Vamp Red

Black mixed with red


Besides shades, there are also finishes which each project a different emotional response.


Matte Finish

You can look but not touch



Satin/Cream Finish




Gloss Finish

Come talk to me


So which shade is right for you?

With red lips, try to match the temperature of your lips with your wardrobe and accessories.

When in doubt, wear true red. It is balanced and goes with everything.

If wearing gold accessories, wear a warm red.

If wearing silver colored accessories wear a cool temperature lip such as blue red and burgundy red.

If wearing a blue dress, wear a blue red.

If wearing a yellow dress, wear a warm red.

Beyond shade, pick the finish depending on your mood.


Tips on picking reds and getting used to seeing red on you.

Now that you know what shade and finish of red you want based on wardrobe and mood, here’s how to further know which red appeals to you.

Always put possible lip colors on the pad of a fingertip and hold your finger over your lips and look into a well lit mirror.

Also hold finger pad over your garment and next to your accessories to make sure the colors like each other.

If you like what you see, time to put the color on.

if you are hesitant to put the red straight on your lips, start with a more comfortable lip color you already use and then mix a little of the new red into that color on your lip.

This is a fantastic way to gradually grow more comfortable and confident in wearing red lips.

Red Lipstick Video Tutorials


 Red Lipstick Fall / Holiday Special

Ongoing  Fall / Holiday Specials  and  Value Bundles



Any questions?  Email me.


Chris Scott

31st of October, 2017

Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

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CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.

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