Nothing is more glamorous than gorgeous red lips, but not all reds are one size fits all when it comes to skin tone. Fortunately Allure has the inside track on how to pick and apply the ideal shade of red lipstick for your perfect pucker!

Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate in 01

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A classic red by Kate (as in Moss) is as chic as its black case — and the color works on all skin tones. Before applying, if lips feel dry, try PRO Smooth FX Lip Scrub & Balm to create a clean, moisturized canvas for lipstick.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

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Frankly, this scarlet red is perfect for all skin tones. The not-too-warm, not-too-cool, crayon-like lip pencil lets us skip the lip liner that we’d normally need to keep our color from fanning. Pro tip: Coating lips with foundation or concealer can help prevent lipstick from bleeding outside the natural lip line.

Clinique Different Lipstick in Angel Red

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Dress up almost any skin tone with this dark, berry-red lipstick that mimics a lip stain, minus the dry-lip look. To keep lips looking their berry best, use a red liner to outline lips. Next, use a lip brush to apply lipstick for extra staying power.

Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick in Devil

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The mere thought of red lipstick makes us feel a little devilish, so we’re all about this classic red that’s hotter than Hades! This fiery red — gorgeous on medium to dark skin tones — can be locked into place by blotting the first coat and reapplying a second one on top.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Paris

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This bright red lipstick-that has just a touch of pink for light skin tones and completely moisturizes lips so our mouths don’t feel shellacked and dry. For a super sexy look, we finish off our application with a dab of clear gloss.


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