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What shade of red lipstick suits me? – The Killer Colours red lipstick guide

Det evigt återkommande problemet – vilket av alla röda läppstift i sminkdisken kommer se bra ut på mina läppar? Här är de grundläggande tipsen jag skulle ge dig inför sökandet efter det perfekta röda stiftet.

 

Hitta undertonen i din hud

Utan att veta undertonen i din hud, varm, neutral eller kall, är det svårt att hitta den färg som verkligen framhäver din hy. Det finns flera sätt att få reda på din hudton, bästa skulle jag säga är att rakt upp och ner fråga en kunnig makeupartist i butik. Annars kan du testa följande:

Gå till en butik och prova tre foundations på käklinjen, varje i en tydlig nyans av de tre undertonerna, och se vilken som harmoniserar med din hy. Kalla nyanser ser ofta grå ut på neutral/varm hy medan varma nyanser ser gula ut på kall hy.

Kolla i din garderob, klär du bäst i varmt orange, kallt ljusrosa eller båda? Den nyans du klär bäst i är troligen din underton i hyn, eller om båda går vägen är du troligen neutral.

Fundera lite på oddsen, de allra flesta har en varm eller neutral underton i hyn, är du inte riktigt blek och/eller rödlätt så har du troligen inte en kall underton.

Vill du skita totalt i detta sökande efter hudens underton? Hitta ett neutralt rött läppstift utan varken varma eller kalla undertoner, trots att det kanske inte är din perfect match kommer det garanterat inte skära sig mot din hudton.

 

Rätt läppstift för önskad effekt

Vill du ha ett läppstift som går i mjuk harmoni med din hy eller go wild med ett som skapar sprakande kontrast?

En varm hy passar av naturen i ett varmt orangetonat läppstift, men samtidigt kan kallt plommonrött tack vare kontrasten framhäva hyns undertoner och ge en dramatisk effekt.

Samma poäng med kall hy, ett kallt rosenrött stift ser i regel mest harmoniskt ut medan ett orangerött kan ge en uppiggande kontrast.

En neutral hy har varken en starkt gul eller rosa underton, därav kan den neutrala hyn oftast komma undan med båda undertoner som naturliga. Harmoniserar i regel bäst med en neutral röd nyans.

I regel framhäver en stark färg en medium/mörk hy, en dammig mjuk nyans kan se grå ut mot hyn och istället kan en riktigt färgstark nyans se mjuk och naturlig ut. Den ljusa hyn kan tvärtom framhävas av de milda nyanserna men överröstas och se grå ut av en för stark läppfärg. Detta är dock inte alls regler, du kan få vilken färgstyrka som helst att se bra ut bara du själv trivs i den.

red lipstick swatch

1-6 are warm toned, 7-10 are neutral toned and 11-16 are cool toned reds. Click here to see all the names.

 

The never ending problem – which one of all the red lipsticks at the makeup counter will look good on my lips? Here are my basic tips for your next search for the perfect red lipstick.

 

Find the undertone of your skin

Without knowing the undertone in your skin, warm, neutral or cool, it’s hard to find the colour that really brings out your complextion. There are many ways to find out your undertone, the best thing according to me is just to ask a makeup artist at any quality counter. Otherwise you could try these tricks:

Go to a store and try three foundations on your jawline, everyone in a clear tone of the three undertones, and see which one harmonizes with your skin. Cool tones tend to look ashy on neutral/warm skin, while warm tones look yellow on cool toned skin.

Take a look at your wardrobe, do you look best dressed in warm orange, cool light pink or both? The shade that works the best is probably your undertone, and if both works you might be neutral toned.

Think about the odds, most people have a warm or neutral undertone in their skin, if you aren’t really pale and/or have a reddish tone in your hair you probably aren’t cool toned.

If you don’t give a crap about finding your undertone you can go out and find a neutral red lipstick with no warm or cool undertones, even though it might not be your perfect match it’s still won’t look bad with any skintone.

 

The right lipstick for your preferred effect

Do you want a lipstick that creates a soft harmony with your complexion  or do you want to go wild with something that creates a sparkling contrast?

A warm skin naturally works with a warm orange toned lipstick, but at the same time a cool plummy red can bring out the undertones in the skin and create a dramatic effect thanks to the contrast.

Same idea with cool toned skin, a cool rosy red lipstick often looks the most natural while an orange red can give a brightening contrast.

A neutral skin doesn’t have a strong yellow or pink undertone, that means the neutral skin can get away with both undertones and still look natural. It often harmonizes the best with a neutral red.

Overall a strong colour enhances medium/dark skin, a dusty soft shade can look grey against the skin and instead the really bright one looks soft and natural. Light skin can on the other hand get enhanced by mild shades but the brights can get overwhelming. These are far from rules though, as long as you feel good in your lipstick you can make most colour strengths work.

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My current quick base routine

I’m totally into this base routine right now! It’s done quickly and it looks natural, flawless and dewy at the same time.

1. Sleek MakeUP Be Beautiful Blemish Balm – Fair
Applied with hands or a brush, the brush gives a little more coverage.

2. GloMinerals Pressed Base – Natural-Fair
Dusted very softly on top with a fluffy face brush.

3. Illamasqua Powder Blusher Lover
Applied on cheeks and temple, a wonderful pale orange blush with a hint of pink in it.

4. Any face mist (or water in a spray bottle)
Spray on top to get rid of the powdery feeling, the GloMinerals Pressed Base comes to life with some moisture on top.

 

quick base

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Video tutorial: 5 minute neutral crease look

Here’s a video tutorial of the eye makeup style that I’ve worn in my recent makeup looks, a soft angled crease and some shimmer on the lid. Yay!

 

 

On my nails:
Color Club – Sparkle and Soar

Products used:
Milani Shadow Eyez 12HR Wear Eyeshadow Pencil – Sand Dunes
NYX Blush – Taupe
Oriflame Beauty Eyebrow Kit (as eyeshadows)
Idun Minerals Eyeliner – Sand
IsaDora All Day Long Lash Mascara

tutorial

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Three ways to wear a dark lipstick

Det mörka läppstiftet är lika lockande i år som tidigare höstar, men det kan vara lite läskigt att ge sig på. Hur bär jag det? Kommer det bara ligga och samla damm i en låda någonstans? Det kommer det inte! Du kan bära dina mörka läppstift på många olika vis, så här visar jag tre grundläggande looker du lätt kan skapa. Läppstiftet jag använder är Milani Color Statement Lipstick i färgen Uptown Mauve.

 

The dark lipstick is as tempting this fall as any other fall, but it could be quite intimidating at first glance. How do I wear it? Will it just collect dust in a drawer somewhere? It won’t! You can wear the dark lipstick in so many ways, here I’m showing you three basic looks you can create. The lipstick I’m using is Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Uptown Mauve.

 

 

1. My naked lips, just for reference.

2. The wine stain. Pat your lipstick on with a finger, really massage it into the lips and you will get a light flush of colour. Perfect for your daytime Snow White face! Pair with a matching blush and wispy lashes, it’s a great look. Top it with a lip balm or clear gloss if you want it less matte.

3. Full on. Apply it straight from the bullet and don’t be shy! Keep it in place even more by wearing it with a matching lip pencil, I usually don’t because I’m lazy. Wearable for both daytime and night time depending on how you match it. Perfect for a pinup look.

4. Glossy, sultry. The perfect evening lip! Top the lipstick with a gloss in a sheer or matching colour, or vamp it up even more with a dark gloss. Vamp level 2000: Wear a dark lip liner smudged into the lip underneath, it will create even more depth.

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Can you believe it? Video tutorial + recent favourites

On my nails:
IsaDora “Wine Crush”

Products mentioned:
Peggy (@Peggytheiggy on Instagram)
Sleek MakeUP Skin Revive Foundation “Oatmeal”
Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation & Concealer “Fair”
Silk Naturals Vegan Perfection Powder
NARS Blush “Boys Don’t Cry”
DuWop DoubleGlow7 “Champagne”
Make Up Store Eye Pencil “Chocolate Cheesecake”
IsaDora WigWham Heavy Lashes Mascara “Black Magic”
Sephora Eyebrow Editor Complete Brow Kit
Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel
BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss “Smooth Talker”
Yves Rocher Neroli EdP
IsaDora Sugar Crush collection for fall 2013

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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for beauty with brains. Beauty blogger and MUA from Gothenburg, Sweden.

My name is Viola Holmgren and I've been representing Swedish beauty bloggerism (yes. we're a cult) since 2008. I focus on cruelty free beauty and I love the feeling of finding cool products that have gone under the radar.

Makeup doesn't have rules. The only person who decides what's right or wrong and if you're wearing it or not is you, and that's where my job as a blogger comes in handy. Use my experience as a guide or an inspiration towards finding your own way.

And just to clarify, all reviews and opinions are my own, there is no evil baby demon on my left shoulder who is bribing, forcing or possessing me to write. Reviews are best written in honesty!