"Ariel Red"! (Vermillion-red Lipsticks)
Coral is a popular color, but I especially love the ones that are almost red; a color many of us know as the shade of Disney’s Ariel, The Little Mermaid’s hair. It’s intense AND vibrant, and unlike many other corals, are flattering for most skintones because they have enough red in them to stand up to both paler and darker skins.
Here is a quick list of the ones in my collection, but there are many more of course, so let me know the ones you love!
Barry M Lip Paint in 151 Sunset - this shade is the brightest and juiciest of the lot here, but it’s not quite orange. A great shade for pale skins where many vermillions can end up looking like straight reds. It’s available on Barrym.com for a very good price, and they ship internationally!
Revlon Strawberry Suede (discontinued) - so fabulous they HAD to discontinue it of course. It’s just too bad that this gorgeous, smooth, lightweight matte vermillion is no longer available in most countries. It’s very, very close to MAC Lady Danger, but just a little less orange-toned. In fact the pink tones show up in some lights.
Revlon Ravish Me Red - One more cheapie that’s widely available and a fantastic creamy vermillion. Ravish Me Red has enough coral that it’s not a straight red, but it’s also got a touch of brown in it so it isn’t too orange. Great for darker skins!
MAC Lady Danger - this one’s the classic, quintessential vermillion. It’s a smooth and rich matte with a strong bright tomato tone. Goes on very opaque and seems to give a glow to everyone from pale to dark. It’s very pigmented, and really pops on the skin so wear it only when you want attention!
Shu Uemura M OR 570 (“Gangnum Orange”) - A softer, sheerer matte that you can wear lightly as a bright tomato-red stain, or build up to opacity. If you don’t like the feel of very thick matte lipsticks, the rouge unlimited supreme matte range is great for you. And the color fits the name; loud and fun!
A final tip:
There’s a belief that orange-based reds and corals only suit yellow- or olive-toned skins. If you have pink-based skin, it doesn’t mean you can’t wear red corals.
You just need to make sure that you even out your skin with foundation (remember to match it to the un-flushed areas of your skin!), and pop on an orange or peach toned blush to match. Make sure you don’t have pronounced patches of red or pink on your face. If you have very flushed areas and aren’t able to even them out with higher-coverage foundation, you might want to avoid corals as they can end up bringing out the ruddiness in an unflattering way.