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20 Best Lipsticks For Dark Skinned Women

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20 Best Lipsticks For Dark Skinned Women December 12, 2017

Dark skin is gorgeous, and you can further enhance its beauty by wearing a lip color that complements your skin tone. Finding the right shade of lipstick can be quite a task, especially when it comes to women with dark skin. Melanin-rich women often shy away from wearing certain shades of lipstick. But gorgeous beauties, don’t be scared to experiment and embrace your divine skin tone!

We have compiled a list of some lipstick shades that will look fabulous on the dusky skin.

Best Lipsticks for Dark Skin

  1. M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick – Ruby Woo
  2. M.A.C Amplified Lipstick – Neon Orange
  3. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Cream Finish – Witchy – Deep Burgundy
  4. Lakme Absolute Creme Lip Color – Plum Delight
  5. Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick – Mesmerizing Magenta
  6. NYX Professional Makeup Full Throttle – Night Crawler
  7. NYX Professional Makeup – Alabama
  8. L’Oreal Color Riche – Cinnamon Toast
  9. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Chocolicious
  10. Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds – Fierce Fuchsia
  11. M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color – Dance With Me – Deep Cranberry Red
  12. M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color – Recollection – Intense Bright Violet
  13. Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick – Miss conduct – Deep Plum
  14. M.A.C Matte Viva Glam Lipstick – Viva Glam III – Muted
  15. Maybelline New York Lip Gradation, Coral
  16. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color – Nude Nuance
  17. M.A.C Lustre Lipstick – See Sheer
  18. Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color – Pink Guava
  19. L’Oreal Paris Pure Reds Color Riche Collection Star Lipsticks – Pure Garnet
  20. Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lip Color – Cherry Chic

1. M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick – Ruby Woo

M.A.C Retro Matte collection’s “Ruby Woo” is the iconic lipstick shade that brought fame to M.A.C. It’s formulated to shape, define and showcase your lips with its high-fashion matte texture.

Pros

  • Gorgeous matte texture
  • Long-wearing and high quality
  • Suits every skin tone beautifully
  • Highly pigmented

Cons

  • Expensive
  • It can be drying since it’s very matte

M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick (Ruby Woo) Review

So firstly, you should know that you can never go wrong with ‘Ruby Woo’. It looks absolutely stunning on every skin tone and it’s that perfect shade of red that instantly glams up your entire look. The lipstick comes in the classic black M.A.C packaging and has a velvety-matte texture. I suggest you prep your lips well by exfoliating and moisturizing before going in with the lipstick, especially if you have dry lips. The bold, statement-making shade looks exceptionally stunning on darker skin tones.

Rating: 5/5

Price: Rs.1500*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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2. M.A.C Amplified Lipstick – Neon Orange

An ultra-creamy lipstick formula with a smooth glide that gives a bold color payoff, full-coverage and a semi-lustrous finish.

Pros

  • Excellent color payoff
  • Non-drying
  • Smooth and creamy texture
  • Long-staying

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Transfers a little

M.A.C Amplified Lipstick (Neon Orange) Review

This beautiful neon-orange shade looks exquisite on darker skin tones. It comes in the classic black M.A.C packaging and has a pleasant, vanilla fragrance like all lipsticks from M.A.C. It has a creamy texture and gives a natural finish. Make sure you prep your lips before applying this lipstick as it’s a very bold shade and if you have flaky lips, it will look all the more evident.

Rating: 5/5

Price: Rs.1500*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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3. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Cream Finish – Witchy – Deep Burgundy

This pigment-loaded lipstick glides on brilliant color in just one swipe. Smashbox cosmetics are formulated without parabens and are free from animal testing.

Pros

  • Very pigmented
  • Silky, vitamin-fortified matte
  • Won’t dry out your lips or settle unevenly on lips
  • Non-transferring
  • Long-wearing

Cons

  • Expensive

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Cream Finish (Witchy – Deep Burgundy) Review

Smashbox lipsticks are high-quality. This one has a non-greasy texture that stays on for long hours without needing touch-ups. It also provides hydration to your lips with its beautiful silky finish. The shade ‘Witchy’ is a deep burgundy that looks amazing, on dusky or dark skin tones. For the times when you want to wear something deep – give this a shot. It’s a great shade for Fall!

Rating: 5/5

Price: Rs.1850*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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4. Lakme Absolute Creme Lip Color – Plum Delight

This luxurious lip color by Lakme gives you a high color payoff. It’s enriched with Vitamin E and Wheat Germ Oil to keep your lips  looking silky, smooth and soft.

Pros

  • Very pigmented
  • Long-staying
  • Affordable
  • Great for dry lips
  • Nourishes and hydrates

Cons

  • Tends to get sticky sometimes
  • Transfers a little

Lakme Absolute Creme Lip Color (Plum Delight) Review

This deep plum shade looks fabulous on any skin tone. It glides on easily and stays on your lips without bleeding or smudging. The texture is between a creamy and a gel-like consistency. It comes in pretty silver packaging and leaves a nice, creamy finish. This shade is ideal for evening-wear and looks especially hot on dusky to dark skin tones.

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: Rs.675*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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5. Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick – Mesmerizing Magneta

This is a burst of statement-making color that meets a surge of creamy texture. This glides on to your lips smoothly and keeps them moisturized all day long. Its precious oils leave a sensuous finish.

Pros

  • Comfortable to wear
  • Does not dry out lips
  • Very pigmented
  • Good staying power
  • It’s very moisturizing

Cons

  • Takes time to set
  • Transfers a little

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick (Mesmerizing Magneta) Review

This is a beautiful bright pink with purple undertones. It looks like it was made for dusky to dark skin tones because the duskiness makes this pretty color pop even more! The packaging is really cute and the texture is creamy which settles into a very non-drying matte  which is great for daily wear. The lipstick does not fade or bleed which is a big plus! Also, it’s very affordably priced.

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: Rs.575*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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6. NYX Professional Makeup Full Throttle – Night Crawler

NYX’s  Professional Makeup Full Throttle is the color addict’s ultimate fix and the makeup artist’s dream. It covers your lips with super-saturated matte color and comes with a unique bullet to help you line, fill and perfect your lips to your heart’s desire!

Pros

  • Super-pigmented
  • Matte finish
  • Long-staying
  • Water-proof
  • Smudge-proof
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Can be drying for some

NYX Professional Makeup Full Throttle Lipstick (Night Crawler) Review

The lipstick comes in a unique packaging that looks super cool. It’s cut in a very different bullet shape that is supposed to help application but this is lost after a few uses. The shade ‘Night Crawler’ is a very dark, blue-toned ashy purple. It reminds me of raisins. This will look amazing on dusky to dark skin tones! If you want to try something different – go, get this!

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: Rs.600*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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7. NYX Professional Makeup – Alabama

Just one smooth swipe of this NYX Professional Makeup matte lipstick delivers highly-pigmented, richly-formulated and long-wearing color. Its formula glides on smoothly and stays put with a non-drying high-fashion matte finish.

Pros

  • Extremely pigmented
  • Long-lasting
  • Smooth and buttery
  • Does not dry out the lips
  • Economically priced

Cons

  • Needs to be blotted with a tissue for it to set and become completely matte
  • Has a strange fragrance

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick (Alabama) Review

This lipstick by NYX comes in a black matte tube which is transparent at the center – this area shows the color of the lipstick. It glides on to the lips easily and in one swipe you get an opaque-semi matte finish. Two swipes seal the deals and use a tissue to blot and set! The shade ‘Alabama’ is the most gorgeous brick-red shade that will go well with any skin tone. But I believe, the brick red on the dusky skin will look way more killer-like. It also photographs well!  Don’t miss this holy-grail red!

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: Rs.625*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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8. L’Oreal Color Riche – Cinnamon Toast

The L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lip Color is enriched with Argan oil and Omega 3 to nurture your lips and help keep them smooth, soft and supple. With the conditioning power of Vitamin E, it retains moisture to keep your lips ultra-hydrated.

Pros

  • Flawless, glossy finish
  • Smooth texture that is rich and hydrating
  • Does not bleed or settle in fine lines
  • Perfect for daily wear

Cons

  • Staying power is average
  • Transfers a little

L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick (Cinnamon Toast) Review

This lipstick comes in a pretty, sturdy golden case which looks very classy. It has a creamy, rich, hydrating texture which is perfect for winters. Let’s talk about the shade ‘Cinnamon Toast’ which is a beautiful nude brown with coral undertones. It makes a great daily wear shade that you can even wear to work. This will definitely look incredible on dusky and dark skin tones.

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: Rs.685*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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9. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Chocolicious

Infused with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick is a light-weight, creamy lip color that glides effortlessly across lips.

Pros

  • Creamy texture
  • Extremely pigmented
  • Does not dry out lips
  • Decently priced

Cons

  • It has a strange fragrance
  • Average staying power

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (Chocolicious) Review

This comes in the classic black and gold Revlon packaging. It’s a creamy lipstick that is low on shine. The shade ‘Chocolicious’ is a toasted dark brown with slightly cool undertones. It will look amazing when you’re going for a minimal look and dark lips.

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: Rs.599*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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10. Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds – Fierce Fuchsia

Achieve high-impact color in one saturated stroke with Maybelline’s Color Sensational Loaded Bolds. Its hyper color pigments and an opaque creamy clay base deliver one-stroke intensity!

Pros

  • Ultra hydrating
  • Creamy matte texture
  • Enriched with moisturizing honey nectar
  • Extremely pigmented
  • Dermatologist tested

Cons

  • Transfers a little
  • Staying power is not great

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick (Fierce Fuchsia) Review

This lipstick by Maybelline has a rich and creamy texture that gives you a smooth finish. The pigmentation is impressive and it gives you a saturated color with just a single stroke. This fuchsia shade is almost a neon pink that resembles M.A.C’s Impassioned! If you are a dusky girl who loves pink, go all for this shade because it will complement your skin tone beautifully!

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: Rs.550*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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11. M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color – Dance With Me – Deep Cranberry Red

For those who want timeless glamor, M.A.C introduces robustly saturated shades of Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color. It gives you a splash of color in a liquid-suede finish that is impossible to forget.

Pros

  • A little goes a long way
  • Great packaging
  • Amazing texture
  • Highly-pigmented
  • Light-weight
  • Extremely long-staying

Cons

  • Can be tricky to use
  • Can dry out lips since it’s a matte liquid lipstick
  • Expensive

M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color (Dance With Me) Lipstick Review

This liquid lipstick by M.A.C is a mix of the regular lipsticks by the brand a liquid lipstick which gives us a hybrid product. The tube is transparent, and it comes with an efficient applicator.  The texture is smooth and creamy. It glides on like butter and settles into a super matte finish. The shade ‘Dance With Me’ is a classy red that will suit most skin tones. It does not look over the top but it brightens up your entire look straight away! A must-try for dark skin beauties!

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: Rs.1850*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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12. M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color – Recollection – Intense Bright Violet

For those who want timeless glamor, M.A.C introduces robustly saturated shades of Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color. It gives you a splash of color in a liquid-suede finish that is impossible to forget.

Pros

  • A little goes a long way
  • Great packaging
  • Amazing texture
  • Highly-pigmented
  • Light-weight
  • Extremely long-staying

Cons

  • Can be tricky to use
  • Can dry out lips since it’s a matte liquid lipstick
  • Expensive

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip color Recollection Review

M.A.C’s ‘Recollection’ is an intense bright violet which is a shade very different from traditional lipstick colors. It’s beautifully pigmented and long-lasting. The shade stands out with its bold purple undertones and gives excellent coverage. Women with dark or dusky skin tones will totally be able to rock this shade with minimal eye and base makeup. So if you feel like experimenting with a new shade – go for it!

[ Read: 15 Best MAC Matte Lipstick Shades (Reviews) ]

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: Rs.1850*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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13. Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick – Miss conduct – Deep Plum

This 8-hour, liquid matte lipstick by Smashbox is specially formulated for the most comfortable wear that does not dry out your lips. It’s free from parabens and animal testing.

Pros

  • Delivers bold and pigmented color
  • Does not smudge or feather
  • Long-staying
  • Infused with primer oil to condition lips
  • Precision tip applicator

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can be drying for some
  • If you don’t apply it carefully, it will end up looking cakey

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick – Miss conduct (Deep Plum) Review

This liquid lipstick by Smashbox comes in a sleek, transparent packaging. The doe-applicator is pointed at the end which makes it very easy to line the lips and apply the product. One swipe gives you a lovely color payoff that lasts for hours together. You need to prep your lips well before application. Coming to the shade ‘Misconduct’ – it’s a rich deep red/purple plum that will look beautiful on darker skin tones.

Rating: 4.6/5

Price: Rs.2050*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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14. M.A.C Matte Viva Glam Lipstick – Viva Glam III – Muted

M.A.C introduced their Viva Glam range in 1994. Viva Glam III, a foxy brown-plum was launched in 2000. Every cent of the selling price of this range of makeup goes toward helping men, women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Pros

  • Moisturizing yet matte
  • Does not bleed, feather or settle in lines
  • The shade is a beautiful muted foxy brown-plum
  • Very pigmented
  • Long-staying
  • You are helping a good cause by purchasing from this range

Cons

  • Expensive
  • It might be slightly drying for some of you

M.A.C Matte Viva Glam Lipstick – Viva Glam III Review

This lipstick from M.A.C comes in really pretty packaging. Its texture is neither very creamy nor very dry – it strikes the right balance between the two and this makes it quite moisturizing. However, if you have extremely dry lips – this may dry them out further. The shade Viva Glam III – ‘Muted’ is a muted foxy brown shade with plum undertones. The color is buildable so you can go for a single sweep or two for a deeper color payoff.

Rating: 4.5/5

Price: Rs.1650*

Purchase Link: www.maccosmetics.com

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15. Maybelline New York Lip Gradation, Coral 1

Go bold or graded and sexy on your lips with the Maybelline New York Lip Gradation. This double-sided product will inspire you to experiment with your looks and bring out your unique style and personality.

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Smooth and creamy texture
  • Very pigmented
  • Light-weight
  • Does not transfer
  • Long-staying

Cons

  • Can dry out lips due to its matte finish
  • The gradation may end up looking patchy
  • Tricky to reapply

Maybelline New York Lip Gradation, Coral 1 Review

The Lip Gradation by Maybelline comes in a very cute packaging. It has two ends – one is the lip crayon and the other is soft, smudger. You need to be quick with its application as it tends to dry out quickly and then end up looking patchy. The shade ‘Coral’ is a super pretty coral shade with pink undertones with a subtle yet neon effect to it. If you feel like trying something bright and perky for the Summer or Spring – this coral shade will make you stand out.

Rating: 4.4/5

Price: Rs.600*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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16. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color – Nude Nuance

A burst of statement-making color meets a surge of creamy texture with the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color. The hydrating colors glide smoothly and evenly on lips keeping them moisturized all day long.

Pros

  • Pigmented
  • Soft and smooth texture
  • Perfect balance of creamy and matte
  • Hydrates the lips
  • Doesn’t settle or crease
  • Decent staying-power

Cons

  • Takes some time to set into matte
  • Initially transfers a little
  • Cannot survive a meal

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color Nude Nuance Review

The shade ‘Nude Nuance’ is a gorgeous brownish-pink nude that does not wash-out any skin tone. If you are a dusky woman who loves nude shades then you must definitely check this out. It’s properly pigmented and one swipe itself gives you a great color payoff. The lipstick also has a pleasant, sweet scent to it.

Rating: 4.4/5

Price: Rs.575*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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17. M.A.C Lustre Lipstick – See Sheer

The M.A.C Lustre range is a light-weight lipstick formula with easy glide, sheer-to-medium buildable coverage and a lustrous finish.

Pros

  • Creamy texture
  • Long-staying
  • Sheer but buildable color
  • Smells lovely
  • Hydrates and moisturizes

Cons

  • Expensive
  • If you have pigmented lips, the color payoff may not be great

M.A.C Lustre Lipstick – See Sheer Review

The ‘See Sheer’ shade in the Lustre range is a soft pink and coral shade that looks great on most skin tones. If you want to go for a ‘no makeup’ makeup look – you can just dab some of this lipstick on which will give your lips a nice, lustrous finish and a healthy, flushed glow.

Rating: 4.4/5

Price: Rs.1650*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in/

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18. Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color – Pink Guava

Bobbi brown’s bold, vibrant colors come with a sumptuous formula that dramatically boosts moisture levels while intensely rejuvenating lips and keeping them conditioned even after you remove the lipstick.

Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Great color payoff
  • Moisturizing and hydrating
  • Long-staying
  • Contains nourishing properties

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Need to be worn with liner or it sometimes feathers

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color – Pink Guava Review

This lipstick by Bobbi Brown intensely rejuvenates lips and boosts moisture levels. The shade ‘Pink Guava’ is a pink tangerine shade. It has a bright pink-coral tinge to it with warm undertones. It’s a great pick for Summers. This chirpy shade will complement dark and dusky skin tones beautifully!

Rating: 4.3/5

Price: Rs.3250

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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19. L’Oreal Paris Pure Reds Color Riche Collection Star Lipsticks – Pure Garnet

These lipsticks are empowered with matte effect to make your lips look sultry and enchantingly red. They are tailor-made for every skin tone.

Pros

  • Glamorous packaging
  • Great color payoff
  • Matte finish
  • Moisturizing
  • Long-staying

Cons

  • Transfers a lot
  • Feathers
  • Expensive

L’Oreal Paris Pure Reds Color Riche Collection Star Lipsticks – Pure Garnet Review

The shade ‘Pure Garnet’ is a beautiful, deep wine color that is great for winters and evenings! The lipstick is very pigmented and one swipe gives you a good color payoff. This is one shade that will look great on most skin tones.

Rating: 4.3/5

Price: Rs.1049*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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20. Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lip Color – Cherry Chic

The 9 to 5 range offers a flawless base and evens out your lips for smooth and even application. The highly-pigmented lipstick has a rich and intense color payoff. Delivers a fine matte finish on your lips that lasts up to 12 hours.

Pros

  • Combines primer and lip color
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Matte finish
  • Long-staying
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Can feel slightly waxy at times
  • Can also look cakey if over-done

Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lip Color – Cherry Chic Review

If you have a thing for gorgeous reds with brown undertones – this is the shade you’ve been searching for. It instantly brightens up your entire look and gives you a  very sophisticated look. It’s also not one of those shades that looks very “in your face”, rather it’s subtle yet bright. It looks great on the average Indian dusky to dark skin tone! Must give this a try!

Rating: 4.3/5

Price: Rs.450*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.in

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Certain lipstick shades may seem a little daunting to some of you with dusky skin, but don’t be afraid to try some fresh and bright colors or muted nudes or whatever you prefer! That was the list of some of the best lipstick shades for dark or dusky skin tones. Do you have a favorite go-to shade? Share with us in the comments below.

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