If you're a lipstick lover who also happens to be a person of color, then I don't need to tell you that locating the perfect shade can be a hassle. Almost every brown and black woman has had the unfortunate experience of staring at the mirror in horror while applying a shade that looked amazing in the tube but turned out ashy or clownish on her skin. It's the worst.

 

Unlike shopping for skincare or even hair products, it takes a lot more than just reading a product description to know if a lip color will suit our skin. Now that brands have started offering more vast shade ranges that include colors that complement darker skin tones, the world of lipstick has expanded profoundly for gals of all backgrounds who just want to have a little fun with their makeup. No more mixing four different shades to get the perfect one!

 

From one brown girl to another, I'm honored to gift you with this go-to guide to the lipstick shades that will look so chic on your brown skin.

 

As with everything else, the final rules of what you use on your face are the ones you make for yourself, but a little help to guide you along doesn't hurt.

 

1. L'Oreal Paris Balmain Limited Edition Color Riche Matte Lipstick, 468 Liberation

 

This gorgeous purple is a show-stealer. From L'Oreal's limited edition line in collaboration with international designer house Balmain, this color is a rich, sexy, seductive, and confident purple. And the best part is that it compliments Indian skin

 

2. L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick, 263 Pure Garnet

 

If you like most of the country were fawning over Sonam Kapoor's lipstick in Tareefan, the uber-popular song from her film Veere Di Wedding, then this lipstick is for you. Pure Garnet is the deliciously mauve shade that made that look one remember.

 

3. Nykaa Matte to Last! Liquid Lipstick in Chai
 

Want to go nude? Leave the subtle brown or the almost unnoticeable shades, and go for this lovely matte MLBB (My Lips But Better) shade from Nykaa. It is super pigmented, creamy, and lasts all day long.

4. Lakme Absolute Matte Lipstick, Plum Spell

This plum is a beautiful color on brown skin. It has a rich warm tone, which looks great against most Indian skin. The Absolute Matte range is also a very good option, with its rich texture and smooth finish. The lipstick has a high color payoff and in one stroke gives a vibrant look. It also has a long-lasting formula, and it gives you gorgeous contoured lips

 

5. Nyx Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, Foiled Again

Give yourself a lipstick that has a built-in pep factor with this gorgeous orange lip cream from Nyx. The Suede Cream liquid lipstick range from Nyx is known for how smooth it is. It is a matte lipstick that applies opaque and dries to a matte finish. So the orange shows up rich and super vibrant. This is also a color that works great on darker skin, although many Indian women do tend to shy away from it. If you want a quick attitude boost, this is the color you need to try