10 best lipsticks for WOC


By Nia


Do you ever find it hard to find the perfect nude, and when you think it will be the one it’s too ashy. Do you ever look online at lipsticks and wonder what they would look like on a darker complexion? Well have no fear! I decided to compile my 10 favorite lipsticks into one place and include lip swatches. These lipsticks and lip glosses range in color, price, brand and formula, so there is bound to be a color and finish for you. All these colors are great for women of all shades, especially women of darker complexions. So here it is, my top 10 lipsticks for women of color.


Revlon- Rosy Future

Super lustrous lip gloss

Price: $6.50

2.pngI’m not the biggest fan of lip gloss, but this one I will wear! This formula is super hydrating, and not extremely tacky. This color is the perfect nude gloss, and gives the right amount of shine. The only con is it not long lasting, which is to be expected with lip glosses.

NYX- Soft Spoken

Liquid Suede

Price: $73.png

I LOVE THIS FORMULA! Very easy to apply with the applicator and dries completely matte. Fells super soft and is waterproof. The color soft spoken is a light pinky nude that is still wearable for women of color. This color may be too drying for you so I recommend a light lip balm underneath.

Maybelline- Untainted spice

Color Sensational Lip color
Price: $7.50
4.pngThis color is a medium dark brown with plum undertones. This shade has a luminous shine, is very opaque, and wears well.


Colourpop- Tulle

Ultra matte lip

Price: $6tulle

Super matte liquid lipstick, that’s a dusty mauve burgundy. This formula is extremely drying, but this color is EVERYTHING. So just apply lip balm prior to this beauty and you’re set!


MAC- Photo

Satin lipstick

Price: $17

macphotoThe perfect shade for darker skin tones. Phot
o is a golden brown with a satin finish and has terrific wear even though it is not matte. Definitely a must have.



Lip gloss

Price: $16venom

This sparkly deep plum lip gloss is to die for! ABH lipsticks are extremely opaque and are wearable on their own or on top of another color. The golden reflects complement warm skin tones.

MAC- Antique Velvet

Matte lipstick

macantiquePrice: $17

Antique velvet is an intense brown. The formula is matte but not matte to the point where your lips feel like they are going to crack. Very creamy and long lasting.


MAC- Cyber

Satin Lipstick

mac cyberPrice: $17

The first mac lipstick I bought for myself! An intense, dark (almost black) purple. This color will make your teeth look extremely white, no joke!

ULTA- Stirring

Matte lip cream

stirringPrice: $9

This is a great red for women of color. It is described as a deep plum matte, but it doesn’t pay off as that on us brown skinned girls. This formula takes a while to dry, but has really great wear and a creamy texture.

Anastasia Beverly Hills- Vamp

Liquid lipstick

Price: $20vamp

Vamp is a deep burgundy liquid lipstick. It dries completely matte and does not budge. I do recommend exfoliating and moisturizing your lips prior to applying this because it can get really dry.

Well that’s all, thank you so much for reading, and I hope you try out some of these lip products!




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