Red Hot for Summer, and Just in Time for a Date Tonight: How To Choose It For Your Skintone

RED, the hottest color of the season and my fave color is all the rage and on at least one page in every fashion and interior design magazine this year. This powerful girl has made amajor comeback and she isn’t letting lose.

 

First, she came back in 2006 when classic red lips became trend, usurping the top position that nude lips had taken for the last 20 years. But it took a while. She had to compete with the notion that only whores and pale women could wear her. First off, when was the last time you saw a prostitute wearing red lips? Ever thought why that is? Enough said.

 

To dispel these rumors, fashion and beauty bloggers went to the streets digging up vintage photographs of the likes of style icons Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday and Elizabeth Taylor. Proving that red was once the color worn by respectable women the world over.

 

Next, red took over nails, then shoes and lastly, clothes. But here is the conundrum. Red comes in different hues and some find it difficult finding the right one. So, here is a guide to help you find the right red hue for you.

 

The Color Wheel

 

Red for Red Bones

Remember, when I did this post? I told you that if you have red undertones that you should wear cool colors to offset the warm tones in your skin? Well, when it comes to red, you must scratch that notion and do the complete opposite. If you have warm tones you must choose reds with yellow tones. Yellow tone reds look almost orange and sometimes green. The reason this combination works is because green is the opposite of red on the color wheel. It makes red tones pop! Remember, if you are in the warm family to choose red with yellow- to orange tones. Here are some examples:

Red for Red Bones Part 1

 

 

Red for Yellow Bones:
Like I said above in the case of red, you do the opposite of what you would normally do. In this case, if you have cool,  olive undertones then you would choose reds with a bluish-purple tone. Why? Because yellow and purple are opposites on the color wheel and with this combination, the bluish/purple tones in the red will make the olive tones in your skin glow. Check out these examples:

 

 

Red for Yellow Bones pt 1

 

Red Beauty for Yellow Bones

 

The One Offs
You know, the reds that dance to the beats of their own drums and allow any tone to wear them? Check out these lovelies.

 

Mac Ruby Woo Matte Lipstick

With a mix of blue and yellow tones, Mac Ruby Woo, Retro Matte lipstick, is perfect for all skin-tones

Mac Diva Matte Lipstick

Mac Diva Matte Lipstick is almost a wine color and also has a mix of blue and gold tones, making it perfect for ladies who are not bold enough to go bright red but want the same payoff. Perfect for all skin-tones.

Deborah Lippmann Do You Think I'm Sexy Nail Varnish, $18

This nail varnish by fame socialite Deborah Lippmann is reminiscent of Dorothy’s red slippers,, but the sexier, vampier, LOOK AT ME version. Its mix of blue and yellow reds make it perfect for all skin tones. Do’t be shy, take it for a spin.

I hope this has helped everyone understand a grately misunderstood color. She could be warm and she could be cold, she could be fiery and she could be as cool as a pickle, however she chooses to present herself, red is a power color and she is here to stay, so why not give in and let her come warm your world for a bit?