RED, the color of fire, passion, anger, and love. Red is perhaps one of the most intimidating colors to wear. With such an important color, why are we so afraid to wear it? Nobody tells a person with brown hair that they can’t wear the color brown so why can’t redheads wear red? For years there’s been a myth that redheads can’t wear the color red…or yellow….or orange. Perhaps it’s not the fact that redheads can’t wear red, but it’s the fact that we are afraid to. We already stick out enough with red hair, so why bother to stand out more? There’s been excuses like “the colors wouldn’t meld with our hair, we would look odd, and I feel like I look like I’m on fire.”
The key to wearing red is finding the right shade. Just as makeup, finding the right color for your skin tone is important. If you are a redhead with paler, porcelain skin, then I recommend a blue under-tone red. Blue under-toned reds tend to be the brighter, a more true red while more pinky under-tone reds are better for tanner skin.
I love red because it’s a very powerful and passionate color. The best way to wear red, in my opinion, is lipstick. I have a soft spot for red lipstick, I can’t tell you how many shades of red lipstick I own. It’s my secret weapon for feeling more confident or to give my look a more romantic feel. If I had to wear one outfit for the rest of my life it would be a stripped shirt, black pants, black leather jacket, and red lips.
Down below are my top red lipsticks that I wear the most.
Not to be a little bit biased, but I’ve noticed that NARS has a good selection of red lipsticks that compliment my skin tone. I find that the velvet matte lip pencils are perfect for travel since they are so thin and light. Also, I find that they are quite pigmented, which means less layers and a longer life span for the lipstick. If I want a matte red lip that doesn’t fade or disappear after eating or drinking, then I suggest the Sephora brand lip stain because it has the amazing power of lasting all day and won’t come off even if you rub your lips on something. I used to use this one when I was a cheerleader in high school for games and it would last the whole time even with shouting, drinking water, and sweating. I use it even on days when I want to wear red lipstick, but have classes or lectures all day long and it still lasts through all that.
So if you’re a redhead out there thinking you can’t wear red, I say “Why not?” If you’re unsure, then start small, maybe wear red lipstick or lip gloss then ease into wearing a red top or skirt. Eventually you’ll be loving red and wearing it more often regardless of your hair color.