Check out this roundup of the best red lipsticks for fair skin, including both drugstore red lipsticks and high end red lipstick recommendations.
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Best Red Lipsticks for Fair Skin
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE lipstick lover and red lipstick is one of my absolute favorite lipstick colors to wear when I want to add a pop of color to my makeup look!
Red lipstick is such a classic lipstick choice for all complexions and it especially looks great on fair skin tones. (All my fellow pale ladies can rejoice!)
But finding the perfect shade can sometimes be tricky, and red lipstick is unfortunately not a one-shade-fits-all situation.
Thankfully, after a lot of trial and error, I’ve discovered the best red lipsticks that look beautiful on those with pale and fair skin tones.
In case you’ve been on the hunt for the best red lipsticks for fair skin then keep reading for my top 5 picks! Even better all of these red lipsticks are super affordable with 4 out of 5 available at the drugstore!
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Best Red Lipsticks For Fair Skin
All of the red lipsticks I’ve included in today’s post are suited best for fair skin tones, but it’s important to keep in mind that your skin’s undertone plays a big role in how a color will look on you.
To help you determine your undertone, I’ve included a quick guide below that will help you determine which type of red lipsticks will work best for you.
Blue-based red lipsticks are always a great choice for all skin tones and will help your teeth look whiter, while orange-based red lipsticks help bring out the warm tones in your skin and pair beautifully with a sun-kissed glow in the summer months.
How Do I Know Which Red Lipstick Suits Me?
The key to finding the best red lipstick for fair skin is understanding which undertone you have.
A simple way to determine your undertone is by looking at the veins on your wrist or arm.
How to Choose the Best Red Lipstick for Fair Skin
- If you have blue veins, then you have a cool undertone. (Opt for blue-based red lipsticks like this one)
- If you have green veins, then you have a warm undertone. (Opt for orange-based red lipsticks like this one)
- If you’re not sure or have both green and blue veins, then you are neutral and can rock both blue-based and orange-based red lipsticks. (yay!)
5 Best Red Lipsticks for Fair Skin + Lip Swatches
1. Best Red Lipsticks For Fair Skin – Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Ruby for Me
This satin red lipstick is one of my FAVORITE red lipsticks EVER!
It’s the perfect All-American red with a blue undertone, long-lasting, and the satin, creamy finish feels amazing on the lips.
Buy on Amazon | Buy at Target | Buy at Ulta
2. Best Red Lipsticks For Fair Skin – Almay Lip Vibes Matte Lipstick in Treat Yourself
I fell in love with this red shade instantly last year when I shared the Almay Lip Vibes Collection Review, and it’s the perfect red lipstick for fair skin tones.
It has a blue undertone and a creamy matte finish that is so soft on the lips. Also the name says it all!
Buy on Amazon | Buy at Target | Buy at Ulta
3. Best Red Lipsticks for Fair Skin – Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow
This gorgeous red lipstick has been my go-to for years and it has a subtle red-pink look to it that’s super pretty on fair skin!
It also has one of my favorite lipstick formulas with vitamin E and avocado oil that nourishes the lips.
If you’re looking for a beautiful red lipstick that isn’t too bold, this one is for you. Did I mention it’s less than $5?!
4. Best Red Lipsticks for Fair Skin – Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip Liquid Lipstick in Fight Free Red-icals
You all know how much I love The PF Healthy Lip Collection, and this red liquid lipstick is PERFECT when you want to rock a bold red lip all day long.
The color is a beautiful, bright red with an orange-undertone and the velvet matte finish is long-lasting without being overly dry like regular mattes.
5. Best Red Lipsticks for Fair Skin – Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bacca
Last but certainly not least on this list of the best red lipsticks is this stunning, bold liquid lipstick from Stila.
The all day formula is the absolute best when you don’t want your lipstick to budge, and the color is a beautiful, deep raspberry red that is gorgeous for the fall and winter months.
And with a deep blue undertone this red lipstick looks amazing on pale skin!
Red Lipstick Swatches
And in case you want to compare each red lipstick side by side, check out the up close swatches of all 5 red lipsticks below.
As you can see, all of these red lipsticks are so beautiful and look great on pale and fair skin tones.
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Hope you enjoyed today’s post on the Best Red Lipsticks For Fair Skin! Which red lipstick is your favorite?
Do you have another red lipstick favorite that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara
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Thank you, Cara. Red is so very classy, but tough to choose for fair skinned gals! Thanks for taking the time to distinguish the warm/cool/neutral tones, too. Your post is very much appreciated!!!
Thanks Lisa! So glad you enjoyed it. Always happy to help! 🙂
Cherries in the Snow is such an iconic color! These all look gorgeous on you – you’re right that it can be so hard to find a good red shade no matter your skin tone. I just ordered a couple NYX butter glosses in a few of their red shades for a more subtle wash of color that I can’t wait to try!
Thank-you! It’s one of my favorites. And I bet those are so pretty – I LOVE the texture of NYX butter glosses and they’re great both alone or on top of another shade. Hope you love them!
I love all of these on you, they are gorgeous! I have a drawer full of reds, and I rarely reach for them. I need to venture out more. I am always wearing a light nude-pink color.
Thank-you! Red can be intimidating for sure, but I know it’d look great on you! I always recommend starting out with a shade that has a hint of red to it like maybe a pink/red or coral/red to sort of dip your toes into the world of red lol. Also I’ll be doing a post on the best drugstore nude lipsticks very soon so stay tuned! 🙂