Internet Critics, Here’s A Lesson on Dark-Skinned Women and Red Lipstick
Oh, ASAP Rocky.
I’ve long been a fan of your silky flowing black hair and flawless skin and wanted to give you kudos for it. I really did. But now you think a roller set and facial makes you the king of beauty advice.
How else can you explain this “gem” you gave to The Coveteur:
“But for real, for me, I feel like with the red lipstick thing it all depends on the pair of complexion. I’m just being for real. You have to be fair skinned to get away with that.”
Civil rights sigh.
Sadly, ASAP Rocky isn’t the first to believe this flawed logic, and he won’t be the last.
The truth is red lipstick is one of those magical colors that work on everyone. Women with skin tones that range from deep to pale can find their perfect red and wear it with ease.
The myth that dark-skinned women can’t wear red is ludicrous because the best way to choose a crimson lippie is based on undertones.
Let me break it down for the non-believers:
1. If you have a warm, golden undertone (think Gabrielle Union), reds with a yellow or brown base will work for you.
2. If your skin is more cool and you have a red undertone (think Viola Davis) or blue undertone (think Alek Wek), deep reds with a blue base are your best bet.
3. If your skin is olive based (think Lauryn Hill), reds with a neutral undertone are the best way to go.
Bonus: If your lips are dark, dab some concealer on them to even out the tone before applying lipstick.
Isn’t that simple?
And to boot, here are several dark-skinned women who nail red lipstick color, including yours truly:
That’s not all! Here are several lipstick shades that work well on various skin tones:
Now, repeat back to me what you learned today, ASAP Rocky.
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