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Breaking Down Beauty: The Difference Between Blue- and Yellow-Based Red Lip Products

By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to the matter of red lip colors, a red is a red is a red, right? Not so fast.

If you find yourself struggling to pick the  right red lip color for your skin tone, it’s important to know the difference between red lipsticks with a yellow base versus red lip products with a blue base.

I present to you a yellow-based red:

NYX Round Lip Stick in Electra

And a blue-based red:

NYX Xtreme Cream Lip Color in Absolute Red

Think about the undertones of your skin. If you favor pink and look best in cool shades, you will most likely look best in blue-based reds. If you favor yellow or olive, you will most likely look  best in yellow-based reds.

When I was a fledgling beauty junkie, I remember watching a report about an actual scientific study behind the attraction of red lips. The study found that men preferred women to wear blue-based lipsticks, but by and large women preferred yellow-based reds.  

Do you find yourself gravitating towards yellow or blue? I consider myself to be an equal opportunity lover of all makeup, and this includes red lipsticks.  

Here are my all-time (so far) 7 favorite red lip colors.

  • http://jmtolman.etsy.com JMTolman

    I prefer blue reds, but only because yellow reds turn orange against my pale, cool-toned skin. I wish I could wear both!

  • Wendy

    I definitely like blue reds better because they don’t look sallow on my skin like yellow or orange reds do. I don’t see a difference in the shade of lipstick I’m wearing against my teeth, but I definitely notice the coloration around my nose and cheeks. Also anymore if I’m going red, it’s usually more of a berry red.

  • Simone

    I have very warm tan skin. I suppose yellow based reds look better on me, but I do love a blue based red for that classic pin up look!

  • Margi Munson Morgan

    I like blue based