15 Best Lipsticks Specially Made for Dark Skin

Lipsticks: We love to wear them, but it can be such a struggle to find the right shade. Of course, you want a lipstick that’s very effective (no touch-ups at noon), full of bold color, and leaves your lips looking supple and sweet (no cracking wanted here). With thousands of lipsticks out there, choosing one that looks amazing on your skin tone is easier said than done, particularly if you have dark skin.

In the case of deep complexions, it is important to select colors that compliment your brown tones and pop against dark lips and skin instead of making them look gray or ashy. If you’re going for a nude or a red colour, or anything in between, you want to make sure it’s perfect for you: look for colors that are heavily pigmented, that stick out against dark skin, and avoid something chalky or too pastel.

⠀Here are what we recommend:

Luxe Matte Lip Color in Rebel Rose
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
macys.com
$38.00

If you’re hunting for a lipstick that’s stays when you’re eating, drinking and beyond in a beautiful matte berry hue that pops on deep skin tones, Bobbi Brown Makeup is the recipe for you.

Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Amethyst
NYX Professional Makeup
amazon.com
$6.89

Liquid lipsticks offer the best of all worlds: they are easy to wear as gloss, but they have the long-lasting ability of a lipstick. That’s why the NYX Cosmetics lippie is our top choice. This product comes in a range of shades that match well with dark skin tones, including this deep purple.

Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in S1ngle
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
sephora.com
$18.00

Not quite brown, not quite brick red, this earth-toned matte finish lipstick by Fenty Beauty proved to be relatively impressive against brown skin tones.

Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
MAC Cosmetics
macys.com
$19.00

This MAC Cosmetics Red Lipstick has a cult-following effect for a good cause. First of all it’s a blue-based lipstick that looks stunning in all the colors of the face, even dark shades. It’s so much appreciated by consumers that in North America alone, one of these poppy red lipsticks are sold every minute. Plus, it’s a go-to for top makeup artists and Hollywood A-listers.

Audacious Lipstick in Deborah
NARS
nordstrom.com
$34.00

If we didn’t know anything else, we’d say this NARS lipstick was designed for dark skin tones. It’s rich chocolate brown with traces of red merlot and a mega-shiny finish. It’s also full of ingredients that not only moisturize your lips when you’re wearing it but also nourish and soften it.

Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics in Foiled
MAC Cosmetics
nordstrom.com
$22.00

Yeah, you can add a touch of shimmer to your lips without being too bold, as seen in this MAC liquid lipstick. This copper lip color is like rose gold pumped up with a warm shiny finish. It can be worn day or night and looks particularly sultry, combined with a sleek, smoky eye.

Strong Flesh Lipstick in Prime
Flesh Beauty
fleshbeauty.com
$18.00

On days that you’re wearing a no-makeup” makeup theme, Flesh Beauty is the perfect colour for you. It offers a touch of shimmer to the lips, but the colour is almost transparent and naturally improves the brown skin. It’s like a soft polish, with no overpowering glitter.

Liquid Lipstick in Blacker the Berry
Mented Cosmetics
mentedcosmetics.com
$20.00

When the leaves start to turn and the temperature decreases in the slightest bit, we’re itching for a vampy lipstick shade like this Mented Cosmetics cranberry to get us through the cold weather season. Deep wine has a matte texture, so it won’t strip the lips of moisture and break in the middle of the day. It looks better on deep red undertones, like certain shades of dark Indian skin.

Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unlocked
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
sephora.com
$25.00

If this pink Fuchsia Fenty Beauty shade is known to be one of Rihanna’s faves, we are sure that it will flatter every dark complexion. Besides being brazen, the hue is vivid. And feminine, it’s high in color, so you only need one swipe to get the full effect. The applicator makes it easy to add without going outside the lip line.

Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Melodieuse
Rouge AChanel
nordstrom.com
$38.00

Let’s be frank, coral is one of those colors that looks ah-mazing against dark skin, and the Chanel luxury lipstick is no different. It has a beautiful mix of orange and pink shades that pops nicely against brown skin. The strength of the hue makes it perfect for spring and summer.

Colour Riche Satin Lipstick in 410 Volcanic
L’Oréal Paris
amazon.com
$8.95 $5.82 (35% off)

It might not be your daily hue, but you’re going to have fun matching this neon orange lipstick from L’Oréal Paris with poppy-colored outfits. It’s ideally suited for a summer evening or a night out in town, and you’ll be happily surprised at the wearability of this wallet-friendly choice. Apply one layer to a slight paint tint, but for a statement, you’re going to want to layer it on.

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo
KVD Vegan Beauty
sephora.com
$21.00

When you’re a lipstick fan, there’s no paint out of bounds, like this stunning blue-black navy from KVD Vegan Beauty, ideal for when you want to make a striking statement. This is what we enjoy most about melanin-rich skin tones, because it has true blue hints and isn’t so dark that it’s pure black. And because the liquid formulation mixes quickly and doesn’t bleed or break, we’re pretty sure it’s a keeper.

Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in Taboo
Iman Cosmetics
walmart.com
$8.00

If any label knows how to make shades completely complimentary to brown skin, that’s Iman Cosmetics. This rich purple plum looks fantastic on a variety of brown skin tones, from light to dark. And you’re going to be happy with how long the pigment really lasts, particularly because it’s less than $10. Hands down, this lippie is one of the finest drugstores to shop for brown gals.

Vegan Lipstick in Everything
The Lip Bar
amazon.com
$11.99

Don’t let the bold golden shade intimidate you: this Lip Bar lipstick is full of versatility. You can wear this shimmering, opaque golden shade on your own for a little glitz and glamor, or brush it over your favorite lip colors to add a golden glow for a festive look.

Extreme Lip Spark Lipstick in Havoc
Tom Ford
sephora.com
$55.00

It’s no shock that Tom Ford’s shimmering lipstick has topped our list of best glitter lippies. This deep auburn shade is packed with warm tone shimmering and gold sparkles that contrasts seamlessly with coffee-colored skin. The best thing is the glitter isn’t overwhelming, so you don’t have to think about looking young when you’re wearing it.

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