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Stylist quests for the perfect shade of red lipstick for every skin tone

The ultimate power color is wearable on everyone’s lips with a few insider tips

By Keizia Parks

Outfitted in my black Isaac Mizrahi trench coat and guided by a diamond encrusted compass (which doubles as a compact), I dared to set out on the ultimate mission to find the perfect red lipstick for every skin tone. While shuffling through my iPod in search of the perfect theme music, I couldn’t help but to wonder if Magellan had this same rush of adrenaline when he set out in search of the Spice Islands. Many women run in terror at the sheer thought of choosing the right red lipstick but my fearless leader, master makeup artist Regina Trawick, didn’t even blink at the challenge. Regina’s confidence is the result of more than 10 years of experience in the makeup industry.  

Andreia Longshore, an Atlanta entrepreneur, shows off her perfect shade of red lipstick.


The wait has been long and the stakes were high but I am the brave soul who has finally solved the mystery of “the perfect shade of red” once and for all.  

Top Tips For A Flawless Red Lip:  

  1. Before applying the lipstick of your choice begin with a liquid foundation on the lips followed by a powder foundation or blotting powder.
  2. Lips should be lined using a lip liner that is the same shade as your lipstick or a deeper shade of red. This will keep the lipstick in place and prevent the color from bleeding or running. For the appearance of fuller lips slightly outline the outer rim of your natural lip line with lip liner.
  3. Lipstick should be applied using a lipstick brush—never directly from the tube.
  4. Blot lips after the first application and reapply an additional coat of lipstick. Two coats of lipstick will give your lip color staying power.
  5. For a matte look simply leave lipstick as is or for a shiny look apply a clear gloss. Be conservative with the gloss ladies, a little goes a long way.

Women with olive and dark complexions should look for reds with a berry undertone while women with lighter or pale complexions should look for reds with more of a pink undertone.  Women with medium or light brown complexions can opt for the truest shades of red.   

Ladies your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to throw caution to the wind and wear that riveting red lipstick! But be careful it’s a dangerously fun world out there for a pair of powerful red lips.  

Keizia Parks is a beauty consultant and wardrobe stylist. She blogs at Daily Fashion Vitamin. Keizia works with women of all ethniticies and sizes to put their best face and fashion forward. Reach her at


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  1. Melissa said, on March 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    OMG, Thanks! I’ve always steered clear of red because of my darker skintone, however, now I can’t wait to try it out!

  2. Lizzie P. said, on March 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Cute article! Great tips too. I’ve never used a lipstick brush. Never figured it made much of a difference. I guess we shall see. Mission accepted!

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