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If You Love a Red Lip, Try This Instead

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    If you love M.A.C's Lipstick ($15) in Lady Danger...

  • Revlon Matte Balm & Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine
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    ...try spring's must-have shade—bright orange!

    If M.A.C.’s classic red is your go-to, you’re already used to sporting a bright hue with orange undertones.  Try Revlon’s ColorBurst Matte Balm ($9) in Audacious for matte, or Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine ($34) in Orange Impertinent to go glossy.

  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick
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    If you love Hourglass' Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick ($30) in Icon...

  • Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet & NYX Matte Lipstick
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    ...try a cool pink.

    Your go-to red is on the blue end of the spectrum, so choose a pink with similar undertones like NYX Matte Lipstick ($6) in Shocking Pink, or Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet ($34) in La Diva. Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss ($18) in Tease is the answer if you want shine.

  • Revlon Cherries in the Snow
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    If you love Revlon's Cherries in the Snow ($8)...

  • Bite Matte Lip Crayon & Stila After Glow Lip Color
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    ...then you like your reds with a shot of fuchsia.

    Revlon’s iconic red has enough blue in it to edge toward fuchsia, so try Stila’s After Glow Lip Color ($18) in Festive Fuchsia or Bite Beauty’s Matte Crème Lip Crayon ($24) in Satsuma. 

  • Tom Ford Black Orchid
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    If you love Tom Ford's Lipstick ($49) in Black Orchid...

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Gel & Rimmel Lasting Finish
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    ...try a berry purple.

    You’re halfway there with Ford’s classic berry-toned lipstick, but ditch the shades of red altogether and try a pure purple, like Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Gel ($30) in Little Pretty or Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick ($6) in 04

  • Nars Jungle Red
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    If you love Nars' Lipstick ($26) in Jungle Red...

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    ...why don't you go crazy and try a soft pink?

    True red and soft pink are the most classic shades of lipstick and you should have both in your arsenal. We guarantee you’ll find one (if not eight) to love in Edward Bess’ Baby Pink Lip Palette ($75). Or try CoverGirl’s LipPerfection LipColor ($7) in Darling.

Finding the best red lipstick for your complexion takes enough work (and experimental purchases) that once you do, we don’t blame you for wanting to stick to that shade. But in the spirit of taking Valentine’s Day less seriously, we thought we’d create a handy guide to the pinks, purples, and oranges of the world. Because whether you have a hot date with someone new or a girls’ night ahead, the whole point is to have fun.

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