Red Lipstick How to find the perfect red lipstick for your skin tone using Mary Kay

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The colour red is one of the most outstanding and expressive colours of the rainbow and has been associated with sexual energy, danger, strength, power, desire and love. And that is probably why it has been used by women to make powerful and striking statements.

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Beauty blogger Aluel Bol Kuanyin blows us away with her subdued red lip


From the screens to the streets, from the podium to the pews and from work to the weekend, the red coloured lipstick has been a make-up staple for many women from all walks of life.

play The late silver screen siren Marilyn Monroe was famed for her statement red lip (


Despite what many people assume, one cannot just drop by a supermarket and pick any red lipstick because truth be told there are a few factors that should be considered before picking up that red lipstick.

While many assume that bright red lipstick looks good on people with a lighter complexion or darker people cannot pull of stunning red lipstick this is not always the case. Because its skin undertones rather than complexion that greatly affects how a certain lipstick looks on you.

play Finding your undertone is crucial to finding the lipstick that suits you best (Image:Courtesy)

So what is a skin undertone you wonder? These are the colours “that come through your skin from underneath the surface to affect its overall hue.”

People’s undertones are usually divided in 3 categories, cool, warm or neutral undertones. So how do you find your undertone?

The rule of thumb when it comes to finding your undertone is using your wrist or using jewellery.

If you look at the prominent vein in the middle of your wrist and it’s bluish; you probably have a cool undertone if its greenish yours is warm. For those with no obvious undertones of blue or green undertone are most likely neutral.

play Beauty Blogger Jackie Aina has warm Undertone (Instagram)


When it comes to jewellery, people with warm undertone look better with gold jewellery while those with cool undertones pull of silver jewellery incredibly well. Those with neither a cool or warm undertones are the luckiest as they can pull off both gold and silver without a hitch.

People with warm undertones look better in warmer colours while those with cool undertones rock shades with blue or purple better.

play Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick (Image: Glitter Geek)

But to find the right undertone and make sure it’s perfect; you can consult a beauty consultant such as Florence Awuoro who works for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Florence is a listed independent beauty consultant by Mary Kay UK who is also registered and trained to do skincare and make up.

play Some of the Mary Kay beauty products that Florence offers (Facebook)


So she can give you personalised advise on creating not only a customised make up look that encompasses your desired red lip but  also the perfect skin care regimen for your skin.

Hit her up on Facebook or on the Mary Kay website or even call her on call +254721998734, +254733148027 and let her help you pick up the best lip shade, foundation and skin care routine that will have you looking your best.

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