The Best Red Lipsticks for Brown Complexions


Before any “first days,” my mom always tells me to work hard and get excited. But when I recently landed my dream job, she added one more piece of advice: wear lipstick. Since she happens to be the smartest person I know and always looks on point wearing red lipstick, I took her words to heart. I’ve been reaching more often for my favorite red lipsticks and investing in new ones. I love how the contrast between the different hues of red on my tan skin brightens my entire face. Plus, red is such a versatile color that works for both casual and dressy occasions. For a daily pop of color or a classic holiday look, here are red lipsticks that look gorgeous on brown complexions. 

Super Lustrous Lipstick: Bombshell Red

Infused with vitamin E and avocado oil, this lipstick feels like a creamy dream. There’s something about this wine color that instantly makes me feel classy. Paired with a velvet LBD, it’s perfect for a night out.

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Giorgio Armani
Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick: 400

This is my favorite red lipstick ever. Actually, of all the lipsticks and all the shades I’ve used, this is my favorite lipstick ever. It’s a bright blood-like color that complements tan skin. And its long-lasting, liquid matte formula feels incredibly comfortable.

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Source: Glossier
Generation G: Zip

While I tend to wear bluish red shades, I love how this poppy red veers towards orange, bringing out my warmer undertones. It has a buildable formula so you can achieve a subtle, blotted look.

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Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color: Uncensored

No one creates inclusive beauty products like Rihanna (Fenty has 50 shades of foundation!). So if she describes this lipstick as a “perfect universal red,” you better believe it is. A true red with a matte finish, it transitions seamlessly from day to night.

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Matte Lipstick: Russian Red

This bluish red color is bright but not shiny. Its creamy matte formula gives your lips a muted finish that works for every occasion.

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Source: YSL Beauty
Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color: Rich Ruby

Surprise: another blue-red lipstick, but at an affordable price point. This highly pigmented, creamy lipstick has amazing color payoff.

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Zoë Kravitz Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick: 122 Wolf's Red

Every once in a while, a limited-edition lipstick collab makes a strong case for stocking up. Enter: this bold red lipstick by Zoë Kravitz. It’s my new go-to medium red with a satin finish.

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