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7 Sexy Red Lipsticks for Olive Skin ...

By Jennifer

Sirens wear red lipstick. It’s sexy, sultry, ideal for all skin tones and complexions. But the trick, of course, is to select a shade that’s right for you, the combination of red and blue and yellow that works for your unique complexion. I have a Mediterranean complexion, so I’m always on the lookout for a red lipstick for olive skin… and I’ve found some that I love! If you’ve got the same complexion, keep reading. Here are 7 sexy lipsticks for olive skin, guaranteed to make you glow, not sallow!

1 Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Price: $19.00 at
The name says it all — Legendary. It’s a true red with lots of blue in it, so it’s an ideal red lipstick for olive skin. Not quite right for your skin tone? Try “Infrared,” a slightly darker shade in the same line-up.

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2 Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 - Pure Colour Satiny Radiance

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 - Pure Colour Satiny Radiance Price: $32.00 at
“Le rouge” is a deep blood red, entirely riveting and rich. It’s made with an SPF 15 to protect your pucker while the color draws all the attention. It’s actually ideal for all skin tones, but it’s a particularly good red lipstick for olive skin.

3 Rouge Dior Lipcolor

Rouge Dior Lipcolor Price: $32.00 at
There are two shades in this line that would be perfect red lipsticks for olive skin — Favori Red, which is a cherry red, and Ara Red, which is a little warmer. Both have hints of orange, but both are still blue enough that they’d work with a more Mediterranean complexion.

4 Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipcolor

Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipcolor Price: $25.00 at
Look at all the reds in this line of lippies! I especially like the Sequence of Love (true red), and Rouge Saint Honor (deep, warm red). Both would work for an olive complexion, but try them both before you buy to see which works best for you.

5 Kat Von D Foiled Love Lipstick

Kat Von D Foiled Love Lipstick Price: $19.00 at
Looking for the ultimate shine? This red lipstick offers just that — an incredible metallic sheen, one that’s sure to get attention. In this line, the red lipstick for olive skin is called Adora. Isn’t it beautiful? I even love the little case it comes in!

6 Illamasqua Lipstick

Illamasqua Lipstick Price: $22.00 at
Box, Howl, or Maneater — any of these three shades of red would look good with an olive complexion. The bluest is Howl, so start there, and work your way warmer, to Box, then Maneater, and choose the shade that looks best to you.

7 Bite Beauty Define & Refine Lip Set

Bite Beauty Define & Refine Lip Set Price: $36.00 at
Why do I love this lippie set? I don’t even know where to start, but I do adore the lip liner, which I also cheat and use as a lip stain, for it’s a true red that goes well with my more sallow skin. I also love that it’s infused with natural oils, to keep my lips happy and hydrated.

So whether your complexion is slightly olive or downright Mediterranean, there’s a red lipstick for your skin tone. The only way to find out for sure is to test-try all of these, and find the one that’s looks good when you’re not wearing any make-up at all. Which of these red lipsticks for olive skin work best for your own complexion? Or is there another one you can recommend? Do tell!

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