What is the Perfect Red for Me?

There is just something about a red dress that is so alluring and sexy, yet red can be one of the trickiest colours to wear. People often shy away from this bold colour out of fear they “can’t wear red”. Here’s the thing, there is a red out there for all skin tones, it’s just a matter of finding the right match.

With short prom dresses being all the rage right now, it’s only natural you spot a variety of red options. Instead of thinking they wouldn’t work for you, let’s break down the various reds and help you find the right one for your skin undertone.

What is My Skin Undertone?

While it’s easy to figure out your skin tone, the undertone is a bit trickier. There are three that you can possibly be – warm, cool, or neutral. No matter what your skin tone is, you’ll fall into one of the three categories of undertones.

A quick and easy way to figure out your undertone is to look at the veins on the underside of your elbow or wrist. If you have green or yellow veins, you have warm undertones. Those with purple or blue veins have cool undertones. If you have green mixed with blue veins then you are a neutral.

Matching Up the Red

Here’s a look at which reds work with which skin undertone.

Neutral Undertones: Traditional fire engine red will look terrific on you!

Warm Undertones: Try one of these shades of red.

  • Copper
  • Poppy
  • Cinnamon
  • Vermilion
  • Scarlet
  • Rust
  • Ruby

Cool Undertones: Choose one of the following colors and you’ll look great.

  • Cherry
  • Brick
  • Crimson
  • Auburn
  • Cranberry
  • Raspberry
  • Maroon

Now that you’ve got the breakdown you should have no problem shopping for red short prom dresses!