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January 19, 2018
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Ever wonder if there is some science behind your favorite lipstick or a certain sweater looking so fabulous on you? There is!

 It’s not about whether you are light or dark skinned, but your skin’s undertone. This little detail will assist you not only in beauty but also in fashion.


Most people fall into 3 categories: cool, warm and neutral


You may have noticed that foundation shades are often placed into those 3 categories, to help you choose which is right for you, but lip colors are not usually split up into undertones, just nudes, pinks, reds, etc.

The key is not just to identify your skin's undertone, but to find out if the undertones in your lip colors are cool, warm, or neutral. In the neutral category, it means that the lip color has equal amounts of cool and warm colored pigments. Think of mixing a golden peach pigment, with a cool pink pigment, you will end up with a shade that looks good on everyone.

 If you already know your skin’s undertone, you can skip this part and move on to the lip color choices. If not, give this a try:


How to identify your skin’s undertone:


COOL UNDERTONE:                       


                                 ANNE HATHAWAY IS A COOL TONE 

  • Your skin tends to have a pink, red or bluish hue to it.
  • The veins on your wrist appear to be more blue or purple, than green.
  • Your hair – no matter if dark or light, has ashy tones to it. Brassiness is usually not a problem. Grey hair tends to look silver rather than yellowish.
  • Your irises, or the speckles in them are aqua, green or gray.
  • Silver jewelry tends to look better on you than gold.
  • Think of wearing a simple shirt or T-shirt. If you look better in crisp white than warm Ivory, or black rather than brown, you are a cool.




                                       NICOLE KIDMAN IS A WARM TONE

  • Your skin has more of a yellow, peach or golden hue to it.
  • The veins on your wrists appear to be green, rather than blue.
  • Warm tones usually have reddish tones in their hair, strawberry blonde, golden brown, or a warm black. When bleaching a warm-toned person’s hair, you are always fighting brassiness, and a yellow cast when graying.
  • Your irises, or the speckles in them are amber, hazel, gold or brown.
  • Gold jewelry tends to look better on you than silver.
  • In a plain shirt or T-shirt, you look better in off-white/ivory rather than snowy crisp white, and in brown rather than black.




                                                RUNWAY ROGUE FOUNDER

                                         PATRICIA HARTMANN IS A NEUTRAL

  • First of all, if you have a really hard time figuring out which one you are from the statements above, you are probably a neutral.
  • Your skin is neither golden or red, but somewhere in between.
  • Looking at the veins on your wrist, you have a hard time telling if they are more blue or green.
  • If your hair looks cool toned in regular light, but only has hints of warmth and red when the sun hits it, you are a neutral.
  • Your irises, or the speckles in them, have neither or both of the warm or cool tones above.
  • You look amazing in silver and in gold jewelry.
  • Crisp white or off white shirts both look great, so do black and brown.



 The biggest misconception is that people with lighter skin are people are in the cool category, and darker skin are in the warm category. This if often, but not always, the case. For example, Nicole Kidman is a warm undertone, whereas Iman is a cool. 


 If you have a cool undertone to your skin, you will look amazing in nudes that have more pink than peach, berry toned reds, and purple shades that lean toward plum rather than red. We recommend our gorgeous Runway Rogue Satin finish lipstick in 'Fashionista', which will brighten your complexion without washing you out.



If you have a warm undertone to your skin, think earthy nudes, peachy pinks, coral based reds and bright, warm purples. We recommend our Pearl Glam long wear liquid lipstick in 'Day Rate', a beautiful soft, warm and earthy red with gold shimmer, that will pick up the golden tones in your skin and make you glow.


                                                              Day Rate


Last but not least, Runway Rogue has a red that is so universal, so absolutely smack in the middle between cool and warm pigments, that we should have called it the perfect red. It is our Pearl Glam liquid lipstick in ‘On Set’ which – as you can see – looks amazing on the cool toned Ila (left) and the warm toned AJ (right) 




 At the end of the day there are always exceptions, and these are just helpful general guidelines. If your skin’s undertone is cool, but you look amazing in a bright coral red, stop looking at charts and just go for it! One thing is for sure, life is YOUR Runway, and whatever makes you feel beautiful is right for you!




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If you are feeling sassy today, we recommend our Matte Finish Lipstick in Selfie, a vibrantly bright fuchsia that is so gorgeous, you will be taking your own #RRselfie, while turning heads all day!

If your sassiness craves a super sexy red lip, we recommend lining your lips with our Precision Lip Pencil in Cover Shoot then filling them in with our luscious Satin Finish Lipstick in Stilettos a bright scarlet red with coral undertones, that is so hot, you might just want to keep it on for a girls night out!

If you want to look really put together for your job interview, we recommend an understated, yet polished look, with our Matte Finish Lipstick in Head Over Heels, a rich earthy mauve that is so classy, that you are going to ace that one! And if you want to give it that little extra sizzle, top with our High Shine Lip Gloss in Chameleon for a stunning golden shimmer effect, that will have your future colleagues wondering why they always hire the gorgeous ones:)

Life is your Runway, so if you dress to impress for your next lunch meeting, we recommend our Matte Finish Lipstick in Casting Call a deep burgundy red, that looks super professional and gorgeous when paired with simple, understated eye makeup. To give it a little extra juiciness (or if you are meeting your honey after work) top it off with a swipe of our High Shine Lip Gloss in Runway Red which will instantly take your gorgeous pout from day to night.

If you are going out for some fun (pool party anyone?) we recommend lining and filling your entire lip with our Precision Lip Pencil in Chic a peachy pink perfection that is not only gorgeous, but also happens to be water resistant! Runway Rogue’s Lip pencils are so versatile, they can be used as just a liner, or to fill your entire lip, which won’t budge or smudge, even in the most margarita soaked conditions! To top it off with some super sexy shine, swipe a coat of High Shine Lip Gloss in Lookbook Lips on top, and you are the life of the party.

If to you having fun means not wanting to worry about your lipstick staying put, we have the solution for you. Simply line and fill your lips with any of Runway Rogue's gorgeous High Precision Lip Pencil shades for a wonderful matte lip finish that won’t budge.

Patricia’s pick: I love a beautiful red lip, so one of my favorite High Precision Lip Pencil shades is Sexy, which I think is such an incredible shade of red. I like to top it off with my High Shine Lip Gloss in Runway Red, to give it that extra glossy shine.

If you are like us, you love to play with makeup, which means endless combinations of layering Runway Rogue’s delectable lip products.

For a beautiful rosebud lip, we recommend Satin Finish Lipstick in Fashionista, a gorgeous dusty rose followed by a coat of High Shine Lip Gloss in Bride In Show, a delicate pink pearly shimmer) this combination will most certainly make you stop and smell the roses, while it will make everyone else stop in their tracks.

For a subtle peachy lip, we recommend Satin Finish Lipstick in Photo Op, a deliciously soft coral, followed by a coat of our High Shine Lip Gloss in Perfect Pout a super sheer red, which will give your lips that beautiful ‘just kissed’ look.

There are many ways to go natural, one of which is our best selling High Shine Lip Gloss in Supermodel the ultimate soft nude essential and considered part of every supermodels uniform. It is the one and only no-make-up-look, that looks a heck of a lot better than no makeup. Why do you think they are supermodels? You can see where we are going with this.

Another way to go really natural, is our High Shine Lip Gloss in Perfect Pout. We consider this our ‘I look like this when I get up in the morning’ shade. Yes, really. It is such a sheer red, that it looks like you have naturally rosy red lips. And since no one else will know, and we are not telling….Enough said.

If you want to have a little shimmer on your oh-so-natural pout, we recommend Runway Rogue’s High Shine Lip Gloss in Bride in Show a soft pearly pink confection that will steal the show, even if you are not the bride in it.

Whether you are a makeup addict in training or a total pro, you can always pull off a bold plum lip. For this we recommend our super sexy Matte Finish Lipstick in Afterparty  a deep midnight purple. Apply.blot.repeat. Gorgeous! Top it off with High Shine Lip Gloss in Purple Haze to add some serious sparkle and shine, and dance toward the brightest lights you can find!

Ready. Set. Selfie. Go for the bold by turning your lips into a hot pink work of art. We suggest you line and fill your lips with our deliciously bright pink Precision Lip Pencil in Haute Is Hot and topping it with a layer of our vibrantly bold fuchsia Matte Finish Lipstick in Selfie. No need for brightening filters with this one, promise.