October 4, 2014 Angela Melero Lips

How to Choose the Best Brown Lip for Your Skin Tone

There is definitely a hierarchy when it comes to lipstick, and it’s pretty safe to say that red reigns supreme (with pink nipping at its heels). While we understand and appreciate the classic colors that shape our beauty routines, we also feel it’s our duty to shed light on other shades on the color caste system. Brown, for example. In our opinion, brown lipstick gets a bad wrap. It’s so often thrown into the “unwearable” category because we can’t seem to understand how it fits into our lives (and on our faces). Now that this color (in multiple shades and textures) is gaining some momentum on the runways and magazines, we want to show you how to rock it right. Get ready to rethink brown!

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Light Skin Tones

The danger with brown lipstick is if you go too light or close to your skin tone, you run the risk of looking washed out. Go for a brown lipstick with red or orange undertones. The reddish tint will contrast perfectly with your ivory complexion!

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Super Stay 14HR Lipstick in Lasting Chestnut, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Resilient Raisin

Medium Skin Tones

You beauties with warmer or olive complexions have a lot of options when it comes to brown. If your skin is on the warmer side, stay away from brown lipsticks with red or green undertones as they can cause your face to look little ruddy. Try a cooler, taupe-like tone. You olive-toned complexions, however, can embrace the dark, crimson browns. In fact, your yellow-undertones make for a versatile complexion that can handle even the darkest of shades! Try a vampy chocolate shade and see if you don’t turn some heads the next time you hit the town!

Product Recommendations: YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in Bronze Persepolis, NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Enamored

Dark Skin Tones

When it comes to rockin’ a neutral, earthy shade like brown, contrasting is key.  That being said, those pale, nude browns that seem to wash out everyone else are perfect for you darker-skinned ladies. Try a soft tan, coffee- or pink-toned nude for the perfect brown pout!

Product Recommendations: Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Sheer Lipstick in Incense, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Colour in Toasted Almond

Which brown lipstick are you swooning over this season? Tell us in the comments below!

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