8 Flattering Lip Shades that Look Gorgeous on Darker Skin Tones

By Srijita Poddar

Hi my lovely ladies,

How are you all doing? The festive season is coming soon to India, and it’s time to stock up on our new makeup. However, we are often unsure of what makeup goes with our skin tone. You will also find that it’s the dark skinned beauties who have these thoughts more, because they constantly feel that every color suits lighter skin tones better. Well, let me break this myth for you and tell you that darker skin tones are more versatile than fairer tones as a large number of shades stand out better without washing your complexion out. So here is a guide of lip shades that flatter darker skin tones the best along with some lipstick suggestions.

8 Flattering Lip Shades that Look Gorgeous on Darker Skin Tones

Ruby Red

rihanna red lipstick for darker skin tones

There is nothing quite exotic as ruby red, therefore it’s a perfect exotic shade for the perfect exotic skin colour. Since it has deeper undertones, the ruby red colour is a perfect choice for all you olive or dark skinned beauties. Nothing works better than MAC Ruby Woo, which the celebs swear by. Also, a similar choice would be Natio Ruby Lipstick.

Oxblood Red

mac rebel for darker skin tones

Oxblood lips was a raging lip trend last year. But it has stayed on, even after its peak season is over, because of its sheer beauty. And the reason it’s a perfect choice for darker skin tones is because it stands out in that dark rich shade and looks gorgeous on the canvas of coloured skin. Some oxblood choices for you could be MAC Rebel, and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry.

Garnet Red

zoe saldana pink lipstick

Zoe Saldana’s iconic retro glam look is something that is fixated on everyone’s minds. Therefore you can pick out garnet red as your stand out lip colour every time you are aiming for that ultra glamourous look. The deep shade won’t clash with your skin tone and give you that perfect look when paired with a subtle winged liner. Some choices for you are: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in the shade Pirate and L’Oreal Color Riche Pure Reds Star Collection Pure Garnet Lipstick .

Fuchsia Pink

Fuchsia pink for darker skin tones

If your coloured skin makes you cringe in apprehension every time you think about wearing a pink lipstick, take a cue from our gorgeous Rihanna who pulls of pink lipstick with effortless panache. Fuchsia pink looks good on darker skin tones especially MAC Girl About Town.

Pink Punch

maybelline pink punch for darker skin tones

Another pink shade that looks fabulous on darker skin tones include pink punch which has a perfect combination of warm and cool tones in the pink. You can try out Maybelline Colour Sensational Pink Punch as an option.


mac taupe brown lipstick for darker skin tones

Nothing will enhance your skin tone as much as a deep rich brown will. For all those dramatic occasions like weddings and parties, where you want to leave an impact, this should be your go-to colour. Your go to choices should be – MAC Lipstick in Taupe, Revlon Lustre Lipstick in Rose Velvet, and Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in the shade Foudroyante 148.

Mulberry Purples

mulberry purple lipstick for dark skin tones

Mulberry makes a delicious fruit as well a delicious lip colour. A raging trend in the runway for a long time, you can sport this shade too in colours like MUA Mulberry lipstick in and also NYX Copenhagen Soft Matte Lip Cream.

Warm Copper Nudes

nude lipstick for darker skin tones

Pulling off nude lipsticks on darker skin might seem tricky but you can look at all the olive skinned Kardashians and Jenners for inspiration. Avoid light washed out nudes and stick to darker coppery nudes and you will rock that effortless glam look to perfection. A few options are Maybelline Colorsensational The Buffs – Untainted Spice, Wet n Wild Cinnamon Spice Megalast Lipstick and Revlon Colorburst Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Adore.

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