By Tahlia Knowles, Beauty Compass
Another year, another Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re heading out on a hot date with your love, having a picnic in the park with your ride or dies, or bar hopping through the city on a Galentine’s Day expedition, there is no better day to rock a red lipstick. Get to know the different shades of red and find your perfect match.
True love is the definition of a perfect romance, so why not keep your reds true too. Those with fair, peach-toned skin rock a true red best. Medium complexions with a warm undertone also suit this hue.
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Hollywood, $40, David Jones
Wanting to play it cool this Valentine’s Day? Opt for a blue-based red lipstick. This hue is suited to those who have a medium complexion with a neutral undertone or a dark complexion with a warm undertone.
Mac Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $36, Mac Australia
We’re throwing no shade if Galentine’s Day is more your thang’. A pink-red is the perfect colour for any member of your girl-gang. Taylor Swift, the Queen of #squadgoals, dubbed Nars’ Dragon Girl, as her ultimate go-to red lipstick.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, $39, Mecca
Feeling fiery on February fourteenth, an orange-red lipstick is your match made in heaven. The warmth of orange-red hues marries together with medium and tan complexions with warm undertones.
Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipstick in I Desire, $49, Mecca
Want compliments and warmth? A raspberry red lipstick will complement those with fair complexions and cooler undertones... All. Night. Long.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bacca, $32, Mecca
Brown based red lipsticks are the ultimate sweetener for those with a medium complexion and a caramel undertone. Throw in a hint of plum to really make your puckers pop.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Backseat, $30, Mecca
Deep Merlot Red
They say opposites attract and this rings true when sporting a deep merlot red lip. This statement colour makes the dream work with a minimalist eye look. Perfect compatibility with those who have a tan complexion or a deep complexion with a cool undertone.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour in Your Majesty, $56, Bobbi Brown Australia
Let your lips pop with a cherry red. This hue hits the sweet spot on those who have a tan complexion with neutral undertones.
Be Same Lipstick in 1935-Cherry Red, $29.95, Be Same Cosmetics Australia
Deep Berry Red
One for our golden girls and our baes with deep complexions and cool undertones. Deep berry reds will bring warmth and radiance to your complexion, making it your ultimate ride or die.
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg, $27, Mecca
When it comes to ticking all the boxes, we want looks, comfort, and long-term commitment. What if we find the perfect shade but we’re compromising on other qualities? We suggest sticking with the one that compliments you the most and prepping the lips with hop & cotton's The Lipguard. Life is too short to compromise on men, comfort and lipstick.