How to Choose the Best Red Nail Colour For Yourself or Your Clients

Issue No. 054

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Happy Lunar New Year! It is officially the year of the rabbit. Being a family business founded by Chinese-Vietnamese immigrants, Lunar New Year is an important celebration to BSG and we are so excited to share some of the festivities with you. The colour red is important to Lunar New Year as it is a symbol of good fortune, luck and prosperity. During this time, you will see many people who celebrate Lunar New Year wearing red, decorating their homes with red banners and gifting ‘Red Pockets’ with lucky money inside!

You can celebrate the Lunar New Year with BSG by rocking a BSG red on your nails! Like lipstick, we know how daunting choosing a red shade that is flattering to your skin tone can be. Which is why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you determine which BSG Red would look best on you. In today’s guide we will cover and suggest reds that complements your skin colour and tone. Keep in mind that at the end of the day these are only suggestions and you can wear whichever red your heart desires to wear!

HOW TO FIND YOUR BEST RED BASED ON SKIN TONE

A popular method to decide which red will flatter you most is by looking at your skin tone. To determine what your undertone is you can simply look at the colour of your veins.

  • If your veins appear blue or purple in colour then you have a cool undertone
  • If your veins appear blueish-green then you have a neutral undertone
  • If your veins appear green or olive then you have a warm undertone

Another popular way to determine your undertone is the jewelry test.

  • If white silver jewelry tends to look flattering on you then you have a cool undertone
  • If gold and silver jewelry tend to look flattering on you then you have a neutral undertone
  • If yellow good jewelry tends to look flattering on you then you have a warm undertone

Once you’ve figured out your undertone, here are the types of red that complements your skin tone best.

Cool Undertone: cool blue-toned reds will complement you best – try 70 Red Delicious or 169 Valentine

From left to right: 70 Red Delicious ($18), 169 Valentine ($18)

Warm Undertone: warm orange-toned reds will complement you best – try 128 Red Hot or 197 Grapefruit

From left to right: 128 Red Hot ($18), 197 Grapefruit ($18)

Neutral Undertone: all shades of red would complement you – try our best-selling reds: 46 Scarlet or 129 Candy Apple

From left to right: 46 Scarlet ($18), 129 Candy Apple ($18)

HOW TO FIND YOUR BEST RED BASED ON SKIN COLOUR

Another popular method to determine which red would look best on you is by looking at the colour of your skin.

Fair Skin: avoid orange-based reds and opt for cool-hued reds with a blue or purple base. Try shades like: 129 Candy Apple or 187 Pinky Promise

From left to right: 129 Candy Apple ($18), 187 Pinky Promise ($18)

Light Skin: bright reds tend to look most flattering on you or berry reds with a cool undertone. Try shades like: 17 Cherry Pie or 228 Very Berry

From left to right: 17 Cherry Pie ($18),  228 Very Berry ($18)

Medium Skin: any cool or warm reds will complement you but avoid coral reds. Try shades like: 1029 Apple Of My Eye or 1042 Sequoia Red

From left to right: 029 Apple Of My Eye ($18), 1042 Sequoia Red ($18)

Deep Skin: any deep reds or reds that are wine reds, berries, brick red tones will flatter you best. Try shades like: 127 Hollywood or 1005 Mary

From left to right: 127 Hollywood ($18), 1005 Mary ($18)

This was just a sampler of the BSG Reds we offer! You can discover more by searching up #BSGRed on Instagram or browsing through our website. Whichever shade of red you choose we know that it’s going to look gorgeous!

Quick reminder that our Lunar New Year gift with purchase is still on! All orders until 01.31.2023 (or while supplies last) will receive a complimentary set of BSG lucky red pockets.

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9 comments

Hmm. I have and enjoy many reds. I get so many positive comments for Garnet! on me while it may be a bit relatively warm on my neutral/cool complexion. These kinds of rules are made to be broken, and one way I will do it is by focusing on skintone contrast over cool/warm & skintone depth matching. So with fair light skin, I might choose Lady Crimson for the contast and tone, or Hollywood even though it’s warmer. With warm deep brown, I might choose Cherry Pie or Spicy, but maybe Cherry Bomb even if more cool. Mind you, Spicy was a personal summer favourite for me to wear, even with the cooler tendency. Some bright corals (orange-pink-red) seem almost universally flattering.

Monika January 25, 2023

My go to is Mardi Gras but I decided to try Naughty and Nice (dip powder) for Chinese New Year and I love it! I added in some gold glitter on my final dip of color and love the way it looks!

Liana Lee January 25, 2023

I always thought I had a neutral undertone until I read this, and now I’m pretty sure I actually have a cool undertone! And I also already have “Valentine” so that’ll be the perfect red for me based on this article! Thank you!

Janelle P January 25, 2023

I would rock candy apple or red delicious; it’s looking like there’s a common theme of apple red shades for me lol. Thanks for the guide.

Dream January 25, 2023

Thanks for the guide and happy lunar new year!x

Lin January 25, 2023

I have a neutral/warm undertone. I love the scarlet but all your colours are fabulous.

Karen Oreskovich January 25, 2023

Super helpful! I’m definitely a 1005 Mary or 125 Candy Apple girl. Happy Lunar New Year everyone!

Mara January 25, 2023

I’m not a red girl (unless it’s lipstick) but I would probably rock Scarlet.

Alexandra Pawlikowski January 25, 2023

I don’t have a go to red but I really like 46Scarlet and 197Grapefruit

Amanda Freitas January 25, 2023

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