The All-Time Best Brown Lipsticks for Your Skin Tone

September 29, 2020
By: Tembe Denton-Hurst | by L'Oréal
The Best Brown Lipstick for Your Skin Tone
Brown and nude lipsticks work for every situation — from a Zoom happy hour to a work-from-home day and any socially distant occasion in between. Nudey-brown lipstick shades range from brown-reds with a ’90s vibe to rich chocolate hues and taupey nudes that you can mix and match with any makeup look. As an ode to our favorite fall lipstick shade, we’ve rounded up our favorite brown lipsticks for every skin tone, below.

Brown Lipsticks for Light Skin Tones

Urban Decay Multitasking Stay Naked Face + Lip Tint in 1993

This lightweight face and cheek color is a great classic hue, thanks to its brown-mauve finish. We love this color for warming up fair and light skin tones without overpowering them.


Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cork

Known for its ’gram-worthy hues and long-wearing formula, Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick was a shoe-in for this list. For fair skin tones, we recommend Cork, a warm, golden brown that dries down to a velvety-matte finish.


Brown Lipsticks for Medium Skin Tones

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Seine Sunset

Seine Sunset is a stunning brown that complements medium skin tones, whether they have cool or warm undertones. 


Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Fringe

Fringe is a gorgeous matte brown shade with an orange-red undertone. It bounces off of medium skin tones nicely and makes lips look fuller, plumper and ultra sleek.

Brown Lipsticks for Deep Skin Tones

Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick Coffee Edition in Mocha Inventor

This gorgeous rich lipstick is the perfect neutral for deep and dark skin tones. With red-brown undertones that we love, it instantly warms up the face and gives your lips a pillow-y finish.


Mented Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Dark Night

Mented lipsticks are designed with women of color in mind, and this dark chocolate shade is no exception. It’s versatile, showing up nude on some and flatteringly vampy on others. 

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