The short answer is winters—people who belong to one of the three winter color seasons.
In fact, this is an easy way to test if you’re a winter:
Do you look more alive in red, white, and black?
Here’s what that looks like.
As for which winter…
You’re probably a bright winter if you also look good in electric lime green.
Do you say no to acid green, but yes to red and gold? You’re probably a dark winter.
And if neither of those work—you need all silver/platinum, no gold—you’re probably a true winter.
When red lipstick is atrocious, it’s generally obvious.
Red and black have no place in this landscape.
That’s on the cool and muted side—for summers.
Red and black don’t belong on the warm and light side either, for springs.
Does a storybook meadow need red and black? Of course not.
So, red and black is especially terrible on the light seasons (light spring and light summer) and soft seasons (soft summer and soft autumn).
The medium-depth, medium-bright seasons—true spring, true summer, and true autumn—might look okay in red lipstick, but they don’t quite come alive in the same way as winters.
Swap red for peach-pink.
Swap red for rose-violet (blue-pink).
As Christine Scaman points out in Return to Your Natural Colors, dark-haired true summers are especially likely to be mistaken for dark winters.
Swap red for your version of nude.
If none of those seasons seem right, and red lipstick is still okay-but-not-great on you, you might be one of the winter-adjacent seasons: dark autumn or bright spring.
Natalie Portman is a dark autumn.
Michelle Dockery is a bright spring.
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