I’m pretty accustomed to foolery tumbling out of the mouths of today’s rappers from Rick Ross’ rape endorsement to Lil Wayne’s “Emmett Till” comparison. These days, it takes a pretty idiotic comment to elicit more than an eye roll from me and ASAP Rocky managed to do that with his thoughts on, of all topics, beauty.
The rapper gave the most outrageous beauty advice to publication The Coveteur via Glamazons Blog:
“But for real, for me, I feel like with the red lipstick thing it all depends on the pair of complexion. I’m just being for real. You have to be fair skinned to get away with that.”
Of course, this flawed logic isn’t surprising coming from someone whose known for his Rag doll braided hairstyle. But I want to address it because these kind of egregious myths associated with skin color are far too prevalent. ASAP Rocky isn’t the first to believe this untruth, and he won’t be the last.
Red lipstick is one of those magical colors that work on everyone. Women with skin tones that range from deep to pale can find their perfect red and wear it with ease.
The reason why the myth that dark-skinned women can’t wear red is so ludicrous is because the best way to choose a crimson lippie is based on undertones.
If you have a warm, golden undertone (think Gabrielle Union), reds with a yellow or brown base will work for you.
If your skin is more cool and you have a red undertone (think Viola Davis) or blue undertone (think Alek Wek), deep reds with a blue base are your best bet.
If your skin is olive based (think Lauryn Hill), reds with a neutral undertone are the best way to go.
*Bonus: If your lips are dark, dab some concealer on them to even out the tone before applying lipstick.
Here are several dark-skinned women who nail red lipstick color, including a Covergirl:
And check out lipstick shades that work well for various skin tones:
Now, repeat back to me what you learned today, ASAP Rocky.