There’s a Mauve Lipstick for Every Skin Tone — Find Your Match

July 21, 2021
Jazmine A. Ortiz
By: Jazmine A. Ortiz | by L'Oréal

Somewhere in between pink and purple lives mauve, a rosy, almost neutral shade that when applied to lips creates that coveted “your lips but better” effect. The color works for every season and looks great on everyone — seriously. There are several variations of the shade, so we recommend looking at your skin tone to choose the perfect mauve lipstick for you. Find tips for wearing mauve lipstick and meet your mauve match from our picks for light, medium and deep skin tones, below. 

How to Wear Mauve Lipstick

When it comes to wearing mauve lipstick, there really are no rules. Wear it when you need a break from true neutral or pink shades, or when you’re feeling a bold purple lipstick but need something more toned-down. Mauve lips look great with mauve eyeshadow or a brown smoky eye look

Mauve Lipstick for Light Skin Tones

NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie XXL Matte Liquid Lipstick in Flaunt It

This full-bodied mauve molds onto your lips to accentuate your natural lip shape and create the appearance of fuller-looking lips. Let the matte formula dry for around 60 seconds to lock in your XXtra lip look.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rush

This rosy mauve hue isn’t just pretty, it’s comfortable, too. The Urban Decay Vice Lipstick formula is super wearable, pigmented and contains good-for-your-lips ingredients that make them softer once applied.

Dose Of Colors Lazy Daisy

This dusty mauve taupe shade has a slightly pink tinge that will pop against fair skin. Pair this with a lip liner for a perfectly applied look.

Lancôme Sensational Effects Lipstick in Bite the Bullet

Another rose-tinged shade, Bite the Bullet is like a neutral with a little more oomph.


Mauve Lipstick for Medium Skin Tones

NYX Professional Makeup Shout Loud Satin Lipstick in In Love

More purple than pink, this plum mauve is perfect for the babe who loves a purple lippie but wants something she can rock every day.

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Les Nus in Nu Exuberant

This mauve is creamy and smooth — in other words non-drying. Although it isn’t a matte, this lipstick is smudge-proof and the shade still promises to be perfectly-pigmented for medium-toned beauties with just one swipe.

Mented Matte Lipstick in Mented #5

This unique blend of purple and brown will enhance your natural lip color. We love that it has an edgy ’90s vibe to it as well. 

Thrive Causemetics Headliner Lipstick in Emii

This plum mauve is feminine and perfect for everyday wear. Bonus: the hydrating formula features a built-in primer. 

Mauve Lipsticks for Deep Skin Tones

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Midnight Mauve

These ulta-matte lippies have a 16-hour wear and the high-impact color of this mauve is as equally comfortable as it is statement-worthy. Plus, the unique applicator tip helps to sculpt a lip line with no lip liner necessary.

Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Mover

For a deep mauve shade, Mover is our pick. The shade is subdued and head-turning all at once, and the formula won’t budge all day. 

Beauty Bakerie Creme Liquid Lipstick in Bubble Wrap

For a long-lasting, rich mauve shade with a creamy finish, Bubble Wrap belongs in your collection. The color stands out against deep skin tones and is the perfect alternative to pink. 

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Nude Lipstick in Bold Mauve

Even though this spicy mauve shade is ultra-matte, it’s still comfortable on. The shade is sure to add a richness to your natural lip color.

PHOTO CREDIT: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy

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