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best red lipstick for olive skin

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Red lipstick is a classic look that can be worn by all for everyday makeup looks and glam looks alike. If you have olive skin, however, you may find that reds tend to be too bright, too dark, or generally wash you out. For olive undertone skin, we recommend going with yellow or orange based reds (think: warm reds like coral). Anything too cool can tend clash with your beautiful skin and dull out your complexion. Here are our top picks for best red lipstick for olive skin available at Sephora.


Size: 0.14 oz/ 4 g·ITEM: 2148435

Color: 62 Palm Street - matte red orange

3.8K Reviews


It's the perfect orange-red and looks so good with my olive skin tone! It feels really nice on too!...very nice colour for olive skin and texture is equally good. Needs reapplying but love it....LOVE THIS ORANGE RED

What it is: Weightless yet highly pigmented lipstick. Comes in matte, satin, or metallic finishes. One swipe provides smooth, full coverage for all-day comfort.

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What Else You Need to Know: The silky finish and intense pigments combine in a lipstick with full coverage that won't dry your lips. You'll stay smooth all day with just one swipe.

MERITSignature Lip Lightweight Lipstick

Size: 0.10 oz/ 3 g·ITEM: 2512721

Color: Cabo - soft orange red

690 Reviews


I have olive skin and this didnt show up on my lips. I love brick reds so I was excited but it didnt really show up. ...Color is perfect for my olive skin tone. Formula is very buttery and wears well.

What it is: A sheer lipstick with a satin finish and the benefits of a lip balm—without the heaviness of a traditional lipstick.

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Benefits: Hydrating

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Squalane and Sunflower Seed Oil: Lock in long-lasting moisture.
- Papaya Fruit Extract: Soothes lips.
- Raspberry Oil: Moisturizes and adds a soft aroma.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: Plant-derived squalene and sunflower seed oil provide long-lasting moisture. Papain enzyme helps soothe lips. Raspberry oil adds moisture and a light, natural scent

DiorRouge Dior Refillable Lipstick

Size: 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g·ITEM: 2434769

Color: 080 Red Smile Satin - intense warm red

2.6K Reviews


Great classic red...Perfect bright red for olive skin! Super creamy finish, doesn’t look dry on lips. ...I was excited to get this complimentary lipstick from Influenster to try out. This lipstick is a beautiful nude color that went well with my tan/olive skin tone.

What it is: An iconic, couture, long-wearing, nourishing lipstick that is refillable and available in matte, velvet, satin, and metallic finishes.

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Benefits: Hydrating, Long-wearing

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Red Peony: Hydrates and protects.
- Pomegranate Flower: Smooths and softens.
- Shea Butter: Comforts and nourishes.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclocarban, and triclosan.

What Else You Need to Know: Available in multiple shades and finishes, the Rouge Dior Lipstick features natural-origin ingredients like red peony extract, and pomegranate flower extract.

Charlotte TilburyMatte Revolution Lipstick

Size: 0.12 oz·ITEM: 2116820

Color: Red Carpet Red - ruby red

605 Reviews


On my olive skin tone, this looks like a berry brown. It’s quite warm in tone. ...It goes with all my outfits and looks great on my olive skin tone! A great matte but comfortable formula.

What it is:
A matte lipstick that features a long-lasting, buildable, and hydrating formula

TOM FORDLip Color Matte Lipstick

Size: 0.1 oz/ 2.96 mL·ITEM: 1920461

Color: Flame - bright red-orange

1.1K Reviews


I have olive skin tone and dark hair so this Velvet Red was the perfect pop to compliment my going out look for the evening!...This color is going to be perfect for the fall. I have an olive skin tone and this shade really complimented my complexion.

What it is: A luxurious lipstick in an array of essential shades for the many dimensions of the TOM FORD woman.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamin E.
- Vitamin C Derivative.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES and parabens. This product is also gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: TOM FORD Lip Color Matte creates a powerfully-sophisticated look of unadulterated color. Formulated with a luxurious, velvet-matte finish, Lip Color Matte smooths comfortably onto the lips in a spectrum of richly-pigmented hues from sensuous pink neutrals to alluring bolds.

HUDA BEAUTYPower Bullet Matte Lipstick

Size: 0.10 oz/ 3 g·ITEM: 2198455

Color: El Cinco De Mayo - bright and spicy red (warm toned)

1.5K Reviews


For some reason, the first swatch on the lip wasn’t the best but the second time is. I am medium skin/olive skin complexion....I love Huda’s lip color range especially for my olive skin. My only issue is, like her other lip products, it’s not very hydrating.

What it is: A highly-pigmented lipstick that delivers unparalleled color payoff in a silky-smooth, plush-matte formula.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Matte Power Bullet combines unrivalled pigmentation with superior comfort, and is crafted to deliver smooth, full-coverage payoff in just one swipe.

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Rare Beauty by Selena GomezLip Soufflé Matte Cream Lipstick

Size: 0.13 oz/ 3.9 mL·ITEM: 2362267

Color: Inspire - bright red (Selena's go-to shade)

1.4K Reviews


deep red...This is my second favorite color from the collection aside from heroic. Nice deep red and looks nice on olive skin...Beautiful packaging, amazing color and consistency. Very pretty on olive skin tones!

What it is: A weightless air-whipped lip cream that hugs lips with rich color and nourishing hydration that gives a soft velvety matte finish.

Formulation type: Liquid lipstick

Benefits: Hydrating

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.

HAUS LABS BY LADY GAGALe Monster Lip Crayon Vegan Lipstick and Lip Liner

Size: 0.049 oz / 1.4 g·ITEM: 2572220

Color: Currant Matte - warm soft red

498 Reviews


I never thought I would find a red lipstick that I actually liked. It goes on smooth, feels good on my lips, and doesn’t “bleed.” ...Not the best lipstick for dry lips...If your lips are dry like mine or are in need of exfoliating, this is probably not the best lipstick for you.

What it is: AA clean, comfortable, creamy lipstick that wraps lips in moisturizing mango seed oil, lip boosting peptides and high-impact color.

Formulation Type: Lipstick, Lip Liner

Benefits: Hydrating

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Mango Seed Oil: Moisturizes and nourishes.

- Lip Boosting Peptides: Enhance natural volume.

- Hyaluronic Filling Spheres: Naturally plump and firm the look of lips and provide comfort and long-lasting hydration.

GXVE BY GWEN STEFANIAnaheim Shine Clean High-Performance Satin Lipstick

Size: .10 oz / 3 g·ITEM: 2591444

Color: Loara - orange red

266 Reviews


I usually like red lipsticks on other people. "Anaheim Shine" is such a pretty blue-red satin lipstick! ...The best most beautiful red ever!!!...I'm a red lipstick lover and this is the best red I've ever owned!

What it is: A cushiony, high-performance lipstick with high color payoff and a smooth-as-silk satin finish.

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Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Get Gwen’s signature lip with this high-performance lipstick in a high-shine satin finish. Enjoy richly pigmented, stay-true color in one swipe with a silky, cushiony formula that glides on smoothly and grips lips to stay in place, wearing comfortably. This lipstick is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated clean.

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Fenty Beauty by RihannaSlip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick

Size: 0.098 oz/ 2.8 g·ITEM: 2363083

Color: 03 Tang Thang - red orange

593 Reviews


A great moisturizing lipstick-balm...Many of these shades are great for olives and deeper skin tones. I love that about fenty products. ...Some of our skin tones love purple and not red!

What it is: An ultra-comfortable sheer lipstick with the perfect amount of nourishing color and shine that is available in a range of easy-to-wear shades for all.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. This product is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Slip Shine is a lightweight creamy lipstick that delivers sheer color and shine in a range of nudes to shimmer pops. The clinically-proven moisture-lock formula with pomegranate butter conditions your lips for instant poutier, fuller-looking lips—no mirror required.

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