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