Lipsticks for Darker Girls

I remember when I was a make-up newbie and I’d just started watching Youtube Gurus, I wasn’t aware how different a lippie would look on me compared to them. So when the trends of MAC Snob, Myth, GOSH Darling, Barry M 101 etc was sweeping around I had to sit out of it.

But how the times have changed! I’ve been wearing browny-nudes for a while so when Kylie Jenner made it a new “thing” I was overjoyed. Brands started coming out with more of these shades – hallelujah!

Anyway, I thought I’d do a round up of what I feel are some hot colours for us brown girls – for every day. I can do an evening colours version too if you’d all like (BTW These shades will likely suit everyone).


MAC Velvet Teddy

This was probably the first foray into the brown lipstick family and when I first got it I thought it was quite dark! Now, it’s actually the most “nude” colour I have in my lipstick collection. I’d describe this as a simple, medium brown. I’m a NC 40 (I think) and it’s quite close to my skin tone. I love wearing this with a darker lipliner or with lipgloss for a glam look.


MAC Twig

There was a point when I wore this for like a month straight. Twig is my go-to lipstick, it’s just so easy to wear! I’d describe this as a rosy-brown and quite close to my natural lip colour. The closest lip-liner is MAC Soar and together they’re just perfect. If you’re not a fan of the matte/satin look – try MAC Creme In Your Coffee, it’s the exact same shade but just a Cremesheen formula! 🙂



MAC Whirl

MAC Whirl is my current favourite lipstick. It looks different on lighter girls – I feel like the reddish tone of the lipstick comes out more. On me it just comes out as a brown but it’s just so flattering. I can’t describe this lipstick well enough – it’s honestly perfect for the day if you want your lipstick to add some drama without being a full on red lipstick. PS if you can’t find Whirl, MAC Persistence is literally identical – I have both but I’ll be selling Persistence on Depop (username: scheine).



Kat Von D in Lolita

I got this from Sephora in Dubai and it’s my favourite everyday colour. The formula is a bit drying so definitely slather on some lipbalm but once it’s on – it is ON. It does not budge for ages so its perfect for a long working day. The shade is slightly plummy but still in the same “brown” family.


Kiko 611

This ones a little different – it’s a rosy colour that’s a gorgeous way to add some colour during the day. I always feel a bit OTT in bright colours so shades like these are a great way to ease yourself into some colour. The formula is lovely too, it’s very creamy but dries matte.

Few more drugstore options:

  • Topshop Mink (SERIOUSLY AMAZING)
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Birthday Suit
  • No 7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Buff & Bare

Share your favourite lipsticks below so we can find even more shades to enjoy 🙂

  • These are gorgeous! I have Twig too and I love it, it looks very 90s against my skintone. Whirl looks beautiful too, adding to my wishlist! x

  • Pam Scalfi

    Whirl looks a tad darker on me but I LOVE it!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • I think the lighting washed it out on me but I still loveeee it x