We Found the Best Dark Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

January 19, 2021
Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
We Found the Best Dark Lipstick for Your Skin Tone
When winter rolls around, it seems like a missed opportunity to not switch your lipstick style up. Instead of the bright pinks of the summer or the warm neutrals of the fall, try a bold, vampy shade for a change. Whether you go for a purple hue or a deep red, you can transform your look with a single swipe. To help you find your signature lip shade for the winter, we’re sharing the  best dark lipsticks for every skin tone below.

For Light Skin Tones

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipcolour in Doesn’t Matte-R

Fair and light skin tones pop with a deep vampy color like this bold burgundy from L’Oréal Paris. Doesn’t Matte-R has a cool, purple undertone that appears almost black when you apply it. 

Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Crayon Spiced in Rise to the Top

This deep orange-brown looks stunning on fair complexions and gives us cozy vibes — perfect for winter.

YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture the Slim Glow Matte Lipstick in Private Carmine

If a bold red is more your thing, try Private Carmine. This matte red lipstick has brown and purple undertones and will leave you with a saturated, radiant finish.

person with fair skin tone wearing dark lipstick

For Medium Skin Tones

Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Escapist

Olive or medium skin tones can wear anything from a deep berry shade to a rich burgundy hue (depending on how daring and bold you want to go). Escapist is the ultimate brown-toned burgundy that will have you feeling moody from the moment you swipe it on.

Live Tinted HUESTICK in Found

This crowd-favorite lippie from Live Tinted is the ultimate brick red shade that beautifully complements medium and olive skin. Apply one coat for a wash of color or two coats for a more pigmented look.

person with medium skin tone wearing dark lipstick

For Deep Skin Tones

L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Liquid Lipstick in I Enjoy

Darker skin tones can rock an ultra-rich, deep plum or brown lipstick shade like no other. The statement lippie flatters both warm and cool undertones, while adding a nice pop of color to your lips. 

NYX Professional Makeup Shout Loud Satin Lipstick in So Dramatic

This gorgeous brown won’t ever skip or smudge and with mango and shea butters, it will keep your lips hydrated and smooth.

Kosas Weightless Lipstick in Darkroom

Darkroom is a beautiful wine-berry shade that will warm up deep skin no matter your undertone. The just-bitten finish will have you reaching for it whenever you want to up the ante of any winter makeup look.

person with dark skin tone wearing dark lipstick
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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